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Jason Eckhart, Electrical Manager 

Jason Eckhart is proud to be a vital member of the Shell Polymers team, working to launch a new plant on a site that features prominently in the history of his family and his local community. We feel that it’s our shared responsibility to respect that legacy, and we trust team leaders like Jason to ensure that Shell Polymers continues to honor its commitments to the community and environment.

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Jason Eckhart is born and raised in Beaver County, PA and is the third generation of his family to work on the site of the new Shell Polymers plant. Jason reflects back on his families legacy, the opportunity for the region in which he lives and the pride he feels working for Shell Polymers.

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We see memorabilia of old trucks, advertising signs and automotive collectables in Jason’s garage.

 

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Jason working on his antique truck.

 

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My name is Jason Eckhart. I grew up here in Beaver County, Pennsylvania right near the Shell Polymers construction site. And I work for Shell Polymers. 

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Jason sitting in his living room.

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I'm the third generation in my family to work on the same site that we are building the Shell Polymers plant. 

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Family photos.

 

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My grandfather, my father, and I all worked on that site in the past when it was a steel site. 

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Jason and his wife browse through a magazine featuring an article of his Grandfather.

 

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So this is my great grandfather. He worked in Aliquippa 
Oh, yeah. Right here. 

You can see him walking to work. 

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Jason driving his truck.

 

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In Western Pennsylvania, it's not too often that we lose an employer, 

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Shell Polymers plant at a distance.

 

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and then we're able to have another employer come in in short order. You usually have these..

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Jason in his living room.

 

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industrial sites that are just left empty for years.

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Jason at work looking over plans with a co-worker.

 

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It’s really important to me to be able to stay here in the same community that I grew up in and be able to be a part of that community, a partner and a good neighbor. I'm proud…

 

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Jason in his living room.

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of the partnerships that Shell has with the community and the areas. 

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Jason working on his truck.

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When I restore one of my classic trucks, I'm taking something that was no longer operational, and I'm bringing it back to life.

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Jason in his living room.

 

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I feel like we're doing the same thing here at Shell Polymers.

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Jason looking at Shell Polymers site from across the river.

 

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We're taking a site that was no longer operational, and we're building a brand new, state of the art facility. And we're bringing it back to life. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity.

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Jason starting his truck and driving off.

 

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 to get to be part of a mega project like this and to get to be part of a team. It'll really be a proud moment for everyone when the Shell Polymers facility starts up.

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Jason Eckhart is born and raised in Beaver County
Jason Eckhart, born and raised in Beaver County

Responsibility and sustainability

As a third-generation native Pennsylvanian, Jason Eckhart feels a deeply personal connection to the region. One of Jason’s passions is restoring vintage cars and trucks and giving new life to timeless treasures. We share that sensibility, and we’re applying it to reclaiming and restoring the site of our new plant in Monaca. With diligent workers and leaders like Jason setting an example, we’re confident that we can make a positive contribution in this community.

Local sustainability

Shell Polymers shares Jason’s commitment to restoration and sustainability. The new facility in Monaca is being built on the site of a former zinc factory that we’ve reclaimed according to strict environmental standards established by the state of Pennsylvania. Six acres of wetlands and over three miles of stream have been restored or enhanced, and we’ve pledged to replace two trees along the river for every one removed during construction. We intend to nurture a healthy riverfront that generations of Pennsylvanians can be proud of.

Ohio River stewardship

The Monaca plant will draw twenty million gallons of water from the Ohio River for cooling and regulating process equipment, so we’ve devoted considerable effort to mitigate any potential impact this may have on the river. An extensive water recycling and treatment system has been designed to remove impurities and maintain—if not improve—the quality of the water returned to the river. We also organize volunteers in the Ohio River Sweep every June, removing waste from the river and building awareness in the community.

Environmental responsibility

Our commitment to the environment doesn’t stop at the river. We work here in Pennsylvania—but we live here, too. We have a personal stake in the quality of the air, water, and land around us, which is why we closely monitor our emissions and coordinate with local and state authorities. Shell Polymers recently awarded a $225,000 grant to the Beaver County Department of Waste Management to improve recycling efforts and jumpstart recycling programs in local schools, building awareness and responsibility in the next generation.

Lacree Parrish, Production Operator

Process operators play a critical role in safe, efficient plant operations, ensuring safety for the community and optimal productivity for our clients. Lacree Parrish learned the importance of teamwork and safety while serving in the United States Air Force. Her military experience makes her a valuable part of the Shell Polymers team. 

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