For Immediate Release
August 16, 2017
Contact: (202) 870-7715
Energy Supply Chain Launches “Energy Builders”
New Industry-Worker Coalition to Highlight Benefits of Energy Infrastructure Development
August 16, 2017 – The Energy Equipment and Infrastructure Alliance (EEIA) today announced the launching of “Energy Builders”, a new community-based coalition of workers, families and businesses dedicated to educating friends, neighbors and elected officials about the importance and benefits of energy infrastructure and its ongoing development. Energy Builders’ members are people and businesses who make their livings in the energy supply chain, building the infrastructure necessary to produce and deliver America’s energy. The industry sector provides over a million good jobs with a massive economic footprint throughout America.
“Every American family is benefitting from the domestic energy revolution, where innovation and new discoveries of clean and affordable fuels like natural gas are cutting consumer prices, utility bills, and air pollution,” said Jay Cleveland, President of Cleveland Brothers Equipment, a Murrysville, PA-based Caterpillar equipment dealer. “That wouldn’t be possible without the pipelines and other infrastructure we build that is needed to produce and deliver our amazing new wealth of energy to homes, businesses and factories.”
The new Energy Builders website at EnergyBuilders.org serves as a hub for the entire energy supply chain – more than 1 million American workers and over 120,000 companies in 60 different industries that contribute $170 billion annually to the U.S. economy. Visitors to EnergyBuilders.org can take action to support individual infrastructure projects such as pipelines, write their state, local and federal officials; find pro-energy events and activities taking place in their states and regions; sign up to receive regular news updates from the Energy Builders coalition; and arm themselves with factual data about the benefits of energy infrastructure projects across the country.
“Energy Builders is an important new voice for the hard-working men and women who build America’s energy infrastructure,” said Terry O’Sullivan, General President, Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA). “Pipeline construction creates tens of thousands of good middle-class jobs in the energy industry. The extremists pushing to ‘keep it in the ground’ don’t appreciate what these projects mean to wage earners and their families, not to mention the power they provide for America’s homes and businesses now and in the future.”
The Energy Builders coalition has come together in part to answer the pipeline protest movement, which has tried to migrate its anti-energy campaign to oppose vitally-needed energy construction projects throughout the country. “Energy Builders tells the American success story of energy infrastructure development, including 2.4 million miles of pipelines already safely in the ground, and how building and operating those vital energy arteries benefits every community and consumer. We have a lot at stake and this is our lives and futures,” said Bob Schoneberger, CEO of United Piping Inc., a Duluth, MN energy construction contractor with 60 full-time employees, and a workforce that can expand to as many as 800 when projects are under construction.
Coalition member Kelly Osborn, President of U. S. Pipeline Inc., a Houston TX-based pipeline contractor, added that “Energy Builders combats the negative voices with a confident, optimistic message celebrating the can-do American spirit of industry, progress, growth and the promise of a better tomorrow for families in the communities where we live and work.”
Energy Builders highlights energy infrastructure construction projects that pump money into local communities, create and sustain thousands of jobs and deliver safe and affordable energy to American families and businesses. Almost 90 percent of energy infrastructure supply chain companies are small businesses, and the website will promote these businesses as important contributors to local economies.
To learn more about Energy Builders visit us at energybuilders.org.
Energy Builders is a campaign coordinated by the Energy Equipment and Infrastructure Alliance (EEIA). EEIA represents the shale energy supply chain – more than one million workers, employed in over 120,000 companies in 60 industries, annually contributing more than $170 billion to the U.S. economy, working in every state of the union. They provide construction, well services, capital equipment, supplies, logistics, professional services and information technology necessary to oil and gas production, transportation and storage, processing and delivery to American consumers, businesses, power generation and manufacturing.
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