Williams opens new Tunkhannock office
BY ROBERT L. BAKER
Times Shamrock Writer
Williams, the Tulsa, Okla.-based pipeline company, had a ribbon-cutting Thursday morning of its $8 million brand new 32,000 square-foot regional office in Tunkhannock.
Regional Manager Mike Dickinson said, “How exciting it is to finally be able to share this with the community, and what having this new space here means to us.”
About six weeks ago, the company closed its offices in Tunkhannock borough, and consolidated its regional operations at the spacious two-story facility just off Rt. 29 near its intersection with Stony Mountain Road in Tunkhannock Township.
Ground was broken last July for the facility that has 20,000 square feet of office space and 12,000 square feet of warehouse space, along with a parking lot with 112 spaces.
Dickinson said the company has more than 80 employees working out of the office with room for more.
An open house revealed some standard cubicles, large and small conference rooms, and state-of-the-art equipment including computers and smart boards to monitor everything Williams does including pipeline activity and compressor stations that keep the Marcellus gas flowing in and out of the region.
Dickinson noted that WonderWare computer software allowed employees not only at the new office to keep tabs on the gas being passed through the region, but via field workers’ laptops, and even 24-7 from the company’s corporate headquarters in Oklahoma.
But more than a spacious work place, the new building layout has an exercise room, and two kitchen facilities with Starbucks coffee makers, not to mention an auditorium that allows for all employees to have company-wide meetings when previously they had to be scheduled off-site.
Company vice president Ryan Savage said the shift in activity has been substantial since he first addressed a Wyoming County Chamber function four years earlier as the Williams’ name was just beginning to be known locally.
“We were pleased then and still pleased to call Tunkhannock home, and see this as a place to continue to grow and have an impact in the community,” Savage said.
Rep. Sandra Major, R-Montrose, complimented Williams’ corporate management for its great partnership that relied heavily on a workforce in which a large percentage of family-sustaining jobs relied on employees from Wyoming and Susquehanna counties.
Wyoming County Commissioner Tom Henry called the facility incredible and the views of Wyoming County from its perch, “awesome.”
But he noted the most exciting part of Williams has been not only how well it had donated up-to-date equipment for area emergency responders, including the county’s emergency management agency, but also having its workforce committed to and blended back into the community, for example, with Dickinson serving as a Little League coach in the Tunkhannock Baseball Association.
“Your support to this county has been phenomenal,” Wyoming County Chamber Executive Director Gina Suydam said. “We thank you, and offer our own congratulations on your new place.”