Governor: New Budget Promotes Growth
One day after his budget address, Governor Corbett visited a company in Northumberland County to show how creating jobs works.
The company in Milton has grown thanks to the Marcellus Shale Industry.
We were there when the governor toured the company.
The governor came to Central Pennsylvania because he wanted to show how economic opportunity works in Pennsylvania if you have the right environment.
He thinks he found the perfect example in Milton.
Governor Corbett chose Minuteman Environmental Services in the Milton Industrial Park to start promoting his new budget.
A budget he said promotes the kinds of growth the company has seen.
“Most of it, as I said, now is a result of the development of the natural gas that we didn’t know we had here ten years ago,” said Corbett.
Brian Bolus, 41, started the company years ago as a towing business.
The fleet of one of the first tow trucks Bolus started out with some 15 years ago is now close to 200 trucks and he expects the growth to continue.
“The towing company August 2010 we decided to get out of it. We were too big to sell it and ah, we took all that money from the auction and put it into oil and gas and here we are today,” said Bolus.
Minuteman has evolved from a towing truck company to a company that now provides hauls fluids and equipment for the Marcellus Gas Industry.
One-hundred-fifty-eight workers, with plans to hire 100 more, five million in business.
“I jumped at the opportunity cause there’s plenty of growth and opportunity here,” said minuteman worker Josh McCaffery.
As much as the governor wants new business, many new companies start with an education.
The person who founded Minuteman went to a public university in Pennsylvania, the very system that would see less funding under Corbett’s proposed budget.
Bolus was attending Bloomsburg University when he had a vision to start his own business.
Critics fear if the governor cuts funding to the state-run universities students who, like Bolus, have ideas for the future may be left out if they cannot afford education.
“I think these kids need to go when they’re looking at colleges and say do I have a chance of getting a job afterthat?”