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Companies supporting shale industry forecast hiring in 2013

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Some Valley companies that support the shale and gas industry are painting an optimistic picture for hiring in 2013.

Dearing Compressor was one of the manufacturing companies that provided a forecast for growth in its future.

"We've grown quite a bit over the past two years. And with the prospects in the gas industry we're likely to continue to grow, so we'll be looking for some folks," said Bob Christoff.

Next year, Christoff says his company hopes to add production workers, tubers and welders at its Youngstown plant which manufactures piping units used at well sites.

And it's the simple law of supply and demand at TMK Ipsco, Inc. in Brookfield. The thread piping company is ramping up its production line with more orders on the books.

If the orders continue to come in as expected the company plans to add more employees in production starting at $21 an hour and skilled trades maintenance workers starting at $24 an hour.

"We were in a slow period and we've been ramping. We're going to be working overtime and we look to be hiring a lot hopefully here in the future," said Kathy Hodgkinson.

While both companies require a high school diploma and some previous training, a certification from a trade school is desired. The need for trained welders remains a high priority, something students at the New Castle School of Trades know they can benefit from.

Student David Gilmore from Howland is almost halfway through his welding coursework with two more quarters to go. After he was laid off from his job in the steel industry, Gilmore decided to make sure he has a skill that may always be in demand.

"From my experience, I could have got another job at a steel warehouse, but I was worried that if I worked there another 10 years I'd end up getting laid off," Gilmore said.

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