September 2014 — Road Warriors: Business Depends on Transportation
Rolled Gold: Economic Uptick Benefits Transport Industries Here, But Needs Arise
To check the countryís economic pulse, all you have to do is look at the transportation industry because every commodity must be hauled to its destination, usually multiple times. In Butler County and the region, that pulse has been steady with the shale gas industry providing a strong boost. The countyís economy also benefits from having access to the four main forms of transport: roads, railroads, waterways and airports.
Large Haul: Companies Servicing Trucking Industry Grow on its Coattails
The booming trucking industry is creating a trickle-down effect for many related businesses, especially those keeping pace with today’s advanced technology or those involved with the shale gas industry. Business Matters takes a look at several companies that have grown or achieved milestones during the past couple years.
Pick Your Power: Alternative Sources of Fuel for Vehicles Continue to Gain Traction
Gasoline and diesel dominate the road when it comes to transportation fuel, but other forms are starting to gain traction, most notably natural gas. A number of organizations based in or operating in Butler County use compressed natural gas, or CNG. Others are involved with the transition process.
Taking Off: Grant Will Help Butler County Airport Expand
A $1.3 million state grant will help the Butler County Airport continue to expand. Ivan Longdon, manager of the Butler County Airport in Penn Township, said the money will go to buying land, widening a taxiway and doing a feasibility study on expanding the runway.
Driven Down: School Bus Drivers in Short Supply Here as well as Nationwide
A nationwide shortage of bus drivers is starting to crop up in Butler County. Spokesmen for the bus companies that haul students in the countyís two biggest school districts say the shortage of drivers is chronic.
Rain Foils Butler County Manís Attempt to Break Speed Record
Rain in Utah detoured a Butler Township manís chance to break the land speed record in August. But Rob Freyvogel says he, his 22-man crew and his 1,800-horsepower vehicle arenít giving up. Theyíll make a go at the next possible qualified event, likely in October.
Start Me Up: Rebuilding Vehicle Electrical Parts Continues to be Good Business for Hein Family
Even with todayís vehicles being more reliant on electronics and computers, many repair shops have gotten away from servicing basic electrical components. But for those that remain dedicated to the fading art of rebuilding those parts, such as Hein Starters in Butler Township, business remains steady.
On the Job
Economic Lift: Butler County Airport Seamlessly Generates Millions to Local Economy
Business Matters reporter David Means spends a day at AirQuest Aviation to learn about what a fixed-base operator does. He also gets a chance to fly an airplane.
Big Buy: Rex Energy Buying Lease Rights for 200,000-plus Acres
Rex Energy will buy the drilling rights for about 208,000 acres from Royal Dutch Shell, which will more than double its acreage in what the company calls its Butler Operated Area.
Nonprofit Nuances: Conference Looks at Need for Cooperation, Offers Creative Approaches to Fundraising
Representatives from nonprofit organizations compared notes on how to flourish in todayís challenging climate and added some new tools to their toolboxes during the Pittsburgh North Regional Chamberís Nonprofit Conference.
Hiring Our Heroes: Job Fair Puts Focus on Veterans
Military veterans, active service members and military spouses got the chance to enhance their career skills and connect with employers in July at VA Butler Healthcare.
CDC Offers Tool to Help with Site Selection, Provide Relevant Data
The Community Development Corporation of Butler County has launched a free tool on its website that creates a shortcut that may be able to help with business site selection and more.
Fighting the Flu: Health Care Providers Discuss Effective Ways to Deal with Upcoming Flu Season
The threat of the upcoming flu season is nothing out of the ordinary, but there can always be surprises, which means employers need to be prepared. That was the message Dr. Thomas McGill, chief safety officer for Butler Health System, delivered Aug. 6 to a group of health care providers at Butler Memorial Hospital.
Penn United Technologies on July 24 held a company picnic on the front lawn of its headquarters in Jefferson Township to celebrate three record months and to honor some longtime employees who are retiring.
The Turner Insurance Agency on Aug. 1 hosted hundreds of friends, clients and business associates for a cookout at its office in Harrisville to celebrate 60 years in business.