While the federal government hasn’t decided whether it will approve the northern route of the Keystone XL pipeline, the project, even though it’s in limbo, is still employing vendors and contractors in more than a dozen states.
But the 1,179-mile crude oil project has already transformed Pipeline Equipment Inc., which has fabricated pipeline valves for TransCanada since 2008. Employment has soared 70 percent – growing from 50 employees to 85 today, said Jack Lollis, president of Pipeline Equipment. PE is one of dozens of vendors across 17 states producing parts for the project.
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