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September 27, 2013

Shale gas valve facility to create 25 new jobs

NEW CASTLE — A local facility that will provide valves for the shale gas industry is expected to create 25 new jobs.

The 60,000-square-foot facility is being constructed by Portersville Valve Co. at the site of the former Shenango-Bowl-A-Way on Route 422 in Shenango Township.

Site preparation is under way and the building expected to be up and running in the third quarter of 2014.

Portersville Valve, based in Portersville, has signed a management agreement with a major manufacturer of specialized valves used in the shale gas industry. ValvTechnologies, based in Houston, Texas, manufactures valves for various industries worldwide, but works with companies such as Portersville Valve to provide sales and support services.

Todd Pozzuto, general manager of Portersville Valve, noted the new building is a consequence of the expanding shale gas industry in this region. He expects the facility will service companies and sites in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland.

Gary Gandolfi, director of global distribution for ValvTechnologies, described his firm as a leading manufacturer of “zero-leakage, severe service isolation valve solutions.” He cited expanding demand for such valve technology in the shale gas industry as a reason for the partnership with Portersville Valve.

The site of the former Shenango-Bowl-A-Way — which was demolished a couple of weeks ago in preparation for the new development — consists of 23 acres, which includes nearby vacant land.

In announcing the addition of 25 local jobs at the site, Pozzuto said all other positions in his firm would be retained.

The bowling alley had been at the site since 1957.

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