MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. -- Williams Partners, a natural gas company in the state's Northern Panhandle, will add 100 new jobs and invest $1.3 billion by 2014, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Thursday.
"Williams' commitment to Marshall County and the entire Northern Panhandle is an example of the growing opportunities Marcellus Shale development is bringing to West Virginia," Tomblin said in a written statement.
"The investment and jobs will have lasting effects on the region as the workers needed will be operating and maintaining Williams' facilities and pipelines for many years to come."
Early this year, Williams Partners and Caiman Energy II started a joint venture to develop midstream infrastructure facilities to connect producers' natural gas and natural gas liquids to the natural gas marketplace in Utica Shale, according to Tomblin's release.
The processing plants and construction of new facilities will include an investment of $800 million to develop natural gas, natural gas liquid, and crude oil gathering and processing infrastructure, according to Tomblin's release.
Williams' Partners will lease space in the Teletech call center building in Moundsville.
Teletech employs 250 workers, but might have had to move out of the county because it struggled to pay rent, said Jake Padlow, president of the Marshall County Commission.
"We are extremely appreciative of Teletech's long-term investment in our community and their commitment to preserving approximately 250 jobs," Padlow said in a prepared statement from Tomblin's office. "Their willingness to adapt and share space with the new Williams' office allows for new business development and growth in our area without losing great economic partners that call Marshall County home."
With Williams Partners moving into the call center, the companies will split utility and rent costs, Padlow said. The building will undergo a $1.4 million renovation, he said. Teletech also plans to hire 100 more workers, Padlow said.
The gas company's move to the call center benefits both companies and creates jobs, he said. "That's what we're all about."
Williams Partners has two West Virginia facilities -- a facility known as a "fractionator" in Moundsville and a gas processing plant in the Fort Beeler.
Fractionation is the process of breaking natural gas liquids down into their component parts, such as ethane, butane and gasoline.The company started building a new gas processing plant near the Fort Beeler plant earlier this year, according to the release.