AFPM ’14: Labour shortage key discussion point at IPC

30 March 2014 00:48  [Source: ICIS news]

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (ICIS)--A group of chief executives have been tasked with identifying ways the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) can help alleviate the looming construction labour shortage amid the planned shale gas-fuelled manufacturing boom, an executive with the association said on Saturday.

“With all the projects coming onboard, especially because of all the shale activity, we need workers from engineers to construction employees, as well as craft labour as well,” said Melissa Hockstad, vice president of petrochemicals for the AFPM. She made her comments on the sidelines of the International Petrochemical Conference (IPC).

Hockstad referred to an analysis by the Construction Users Roundtable that determined that the US will be short 2m construction workers by 2017.

The timeframe intersects with the plans of many chemical producers to build or expand plants in the US as part of their efforts to take advantage of low-cost shale gas.

The AFPM has been working with direct and indirect stakeholders in the shale boom to identify ways it can help industry alleviate the impending labour shortage, and the organisation is highlighting the topic at this year’s IPC.

“The labour issue is one of the most critical we are facing,” Hockstad said.

Hosted by the AFPM, the IPC continues through Tuesday in San Antonio, Texas.

By: Jeremy Pafford
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