Linde Corporation, Inc., flush with years of contracts to lay midstream pipeline for natural gas gathering companies in the Marcellus region, is now seeking an expanded workforce to fulfill those contracts. “Since January 1st we’ve hired 73 new people, with 5 more going through orientation this week and another 9 scheduled for next week, but it isn’t enough,” said Linde Vice President Bob McGraw. “We’re looking for heavy equipment operators, welders, pipe benders, skilled laborers and mid- and upper-level management.”
While turnover in the construction industry is common, McGraw says the competition for good people in the new Marcellus industry is a prime culprit. “We work with other companies on these job sites,” he said. “As a result, they get to watch our people work and demonstrate their abilities.” Other, traditional factors in construction turnover include bad weather, expensive travel costs and the fact that construction work isn’t for everyone. “Sometimes the job doesn’t fit your mentality,” said McGraw.
McGraw touts Linde’s full health benefits among its advantages. “We are very much a traditional company in the sense that we hire locally and nearly 95% of our people live locally,” he said. McGraw mentioned that other Linde advantages include the company’s policy of promoting from within, state of the art equipment and a 40-year track record in the industry. Another plus, notes McGraw, is Linde’s policy of continuous employment. “We are multi-tasked in the industry with projects in gas, water lines, sewer lines and rail yards,” he said. “The result is that we can keep our people active year-round. That sort of stability is an advantage for us, for our workers and for their families.”