Small biz owners look forward to reaping benefits of Atlantic Sunrise project with WillShop app

For Bill Kelley Sr., the WillShop Local app from Williams is more than just a way to connect Atlantic Sunrise workers with local businesses: it’s symbolic of the company’s respect and dedication for the communities of which it is part.

“The fact that Williams cares enough about the local businesses to make the effort is something we have not seen,” Kelley, co-founder of Taylor Rental BX3 in Montrose, Pa. and Tunkhannock, Pa., said. “This is the first time in my career in this industry that I’ve seen an actual physical opportunity (like this) we can take advantage of.”

The app, available for Apple and Android devices, is designed to offer project contractors ease and convenience in finding local businesses that offer the materials and services they need. WillShop Local uses a phone’s location to allow project contractors to find the businesses closest to them, sortable by a variety of categories. Types of businesses and services found on WillShop Local include housing, construction, landscapers, restaurants and many more.

Atlantic Sunrise is an expansion of the Transco pipeline, which provides one-third of consumed natural gas in Pennsylvania. The expansion will alleviate energy bottlenecks in Pennsylvania, as an estimated 25 to 30 percent of Marcellus Shale wells do not have pipeline takeaway capacity. With the Atlantic Sunrise expansion, Williams will be able to connect abundant Marcellus gas supplies to Mid-Atlantic and Southeast markets.

The expansion will allow deliveries to increase 1.7 billion cubic feet daily — an ample supply to provide service to 7 million homes. Penn State University researchers forecast the project to directly and indirectly support 8,000 jobs in 10 Pennsylvania counties, resulting in an estimated $1.6 billion economic impact.

With such an enormous influx of economic activity, Kelley and other business owners are ready to take advantage of all that WillShop Local has to offer. “When you’re an outsider … and you’re unsure (about where to go), it’s a great tool for people to go and look into those things and get more information,” said Rich Rizzieri, vice president of Avon, N.Y.-based LMC Industrial Contractors.

Williams is encouraging local businesses in Atlantic Sunrise communities to sign up and have their business listed on WillShop Local. Business can sign up by clicking here. Project contractors can download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play for Android devices.