Pittston-based construction company Linde Corp. is seeking 80 new employees to help install a new Marcellus Shale gas pipeline.
Linde has been contracted by midstream-pipeline company Laser Marcellus Gathering LLC to build a 30-mile gathering pipeline from gas fields in Susquehanna County to the Millennium Interstate Pipeline in Broome County, N.Y. Laser held a groundbreaking ceremony for the pipeline Tuesday in New Milford.
Linde is seeking skilled laborers in 15 different pipe-installation, construction and timbering fields. The hires will expand Linde’s workforce from 225 employees to more than 300.
“My understanding is that these are permanent hires with benefits,” Linde spokesman Kevin Lynn said. “The company is in the process of what looks like permanent growth. This is a genuine and general expansion of Linde’s operations.”
Lynn said the company is accepting applications now. All positions require at least three years of experience.
“It’s 100 percent tied into what’s happening in the Marcellus Shale industry,” Lynn said. “The people who run Linde believe that the Marcellus Shale is going to be playing an important part of our lives for the next 35 years.”
Linde also hired 11 new employees in January. Lynn hinted at that time the company would hire 50 more by spring.
Though the Laser pipeline provided the reason for the company’s expansion, Lynn said many of the hires will begin working at one of its offices in Pittston, Wilkes-Barre, Honesdale and Carbondale to fill in for more experienced employees needed at the Laser site immediately.
Linde, founded in 1965, constructs the well pads from which gas companies drill for gas and lays gathering pipelines for gas drillers.
The company also uses horizontal directional drilling techniques to lay pipeline below roads and wetlands, in addition to providing general heavy-construction services to a variety of industries.
Laser Marcellus Gathering LLC is a subsidiary of the Delphi Corp. It attracted media attention and protests last year with its controversial plan to seek public utility status from the state Public Utility Commission. The commission has not yet granted that request.
Laser said it plans to use more than 300 contracted employees to build the pipeline.