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    Doing Business in the ERA of Shell

    Featured speakers:

    Cet Mroz – Former President and CEO of Yokogawa Corporation of America
    Sarita Scheufens – Senior V.P., Retail Market Manager for iBeriaBank
    R.B. Smith – V.P. of Workforce Development, The Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance

    Sarita’s presentation provided insight on the effects of a large chemical manufacturing facility investing $11 billion to expand their existing facility located in Lake Charles, LA. She compared this expansion to the new $6 billion Shell Cracker plant that will be opening in Beaver County. There are many upsides that will be seen as the new plant is constructed and eventually becomes operational.   

    Lake Charles saw huge housing increases, new grocery stores locating to the area as well as other general merchandise stores, restaurants, etc. opening for business. This resulted in significant increases in income tax sales.

    R.B. Smith used the same example as Sarita and provided insight on the ripple effects to local small businesses in the area. Bechtel is the main contractor overseeing construction of the Shell plant. He provided that Bechtel will be recruiting many, many subcontractors, including but not limited to, truckers, civil engineers, concrete, HVAC, electrical and the list goes on.

    Once the facility is complete and operations begin, Shell will be looking to contract with various small businesses. The time is now to become a qualified supplier/contractor to Shell. Businesses interested in becoming a qualified supplier/contractor must go through the proper procurement procedure. The “Supplier Qualification System (SQS)” is available on the Shell website:  ( This resource explains the step-by-step process to become a qualified supplier. 

    Things to be aware of when applying; businesses must have an excellent safety record, excellent credit, strong references, etc. Proper procurement procedures must be followed. Shell will be most interested in those businesses having ecommerce capabilities.

    Chet Mroz spoke about the management and maintenance of the plant. The outsourcing of IT services. Chet spoke about Digital Transformation.

    Each of the presentations are posted on the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce website (
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