Bridgeville energy company's goal: Hire local

Pennsylvania‘‍s natural gas boom may have flooded the area with out-of-state workers, but Encompass Energy Services in Bridgeville wants to begin to change that by hiring local employees to help energy companies map their projects.

The land survey company, which opened in November, helps oil and gas companies establish appropriate routes for energy-related projects such as natural gas pipelines, well pads and gas compression stations.

It has a target goal of hiring 75 percent local employees.

“What we try to do is establish a good, permanent presence and hire local management and employees that know what’‍s going on in the area,” Seth Marsolek, the company‘‍s chief administrative officer, said. “We go out of our way to make sure we are hiring in that area.”

Encompass also assists companies with permit applications and conducts environmental investigations on geographic features such as wetlands, hills and streams. It also creates “as-built” sheets, to show regulatory agencies where each piece of pipe has been laid. It is not involved in a pipeline’‍s actual construction.

“We help the pipeline company get from Point A, which is a map, to where they’‍re constructing that pipeline into the ground. The ”as-built“ information is really the key to make sure they have an asset they can operate for an extended period,” said B.J. Whitman, the company‘‍s regional manager.

“We have a pretty good footprint at this point,” Mr. Marsolek added. 

Encompass has worked with oil and gas companies including Access Midstream, EQT and Energy Corp. of America and has locations in Denver, Duluth, Portland and Charleston.

“It makes a lot of sense for us to be where our clients are,” Mr. Marsolek said. 

The company anticipates total revenue of $25 million this year, five times the amount it earned when it opened in 2011.

Mr. Marsolek said growth comes not from high-pressure sales tactics but from executing jobs well. “As long as we’‍re putting out a good quality product, we‘‍ll be able to find work,” he said.

Encompass encourages its employees to participate in charity events such as the United Way.

“Stuff like that we feel is important to the communities we serve,” Mr. Whitman said.

Madasyn Czebiniak: or 412-263-1269. Twitter: @PG_Czebiniak

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