Business thrives in wake of gas boom

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The oil and gas industry is changing the local economy and Bessemer Concrete in Petersburg is seeing first-hand the upswing in business.

Traffic has picked up substantially at the plant in recent weeks with a steady stream of trucks in and out of the facility on Route 170. Many of them are existing customers, but Bessemer has added several new clients to the list.

The company opened up in Mahoning County almost 10 years ago. Now, it is positioned to serve the growing oil and natural gas industry.

“Not only our company, but all the other companies around here,” said manager Charlie Preisel. “The stone, everything else we’re using, everything is booming. It has helped us tremendously.”

Last year, Bessemer Concrete sold 16,000 yards of concrete. This year, they have the potential to sell up to 12,000 yards to just one customer.

The company has hired three full-time employees and four part-time workers. They have updated their computer system, purchased two mixers and updated the plant in preparation for the extra business.

“This is just a small phase of what they’re telling us. It’s a huge phase for us, but small to what they’re saying, and it’s progressing for the next few years,” said Preisel.

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