Williams’ Atlantic Sunrise project gives large benefits to small businesses

Small businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy. At Williams, we appreciate the contributions of small businesses across the state in helping the Atlantic Sunrise project get to where it is today.

Today, National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day, recognizes small businesses across the country for the vital role they serve in providing jobs and so much more to our communities. Small businesses have played a critical role in the progress of Atlantic Sunrise: 

Darrel Lehman Dump Truck Services

During what is historically a notorious winter slowdown, Darrel Lehman Dump Truck Services CEO Gail Lehman is left with no choice but to lay off her drivers. This year, that didn’t happen. Because of the Elizabethtown, Pa., company’s work on Atlantic Sunrise, Lehman’s drivers are getting overtime and she’s been able to purchase new equipment.

Warihay Enterprises

In nearby Manheim, Pa., Warihay Enterprises co-owner Rob Warihay Jr. is experiencing similar benefits thanks to Atlantic Sunrise. In a February LNP article, Warihay compared the project and the associated work to “spring in winter.” His employees have maintained a busy 50- to 60-hour workweek due to Atlantic Sunrise — something he says is unusual for this time of year.

Pump N Pantry

Small businesses such as Lehman’s and Warihay’s that are directly working on the project aren’t the only ones seeing the benefits from Atlantic Sunrise. Pump N Pantry President Scott Quigg said his chain of convenience stores has seen an increase in business because of the project and the WillShop Local app, which he called a “great endeavor.”

We say thanks to these and all the other small businesses that have helped to make Atlantic Sunrise a success.