Ohio businesses have experienced a welcomed boost to their bottom lines with the construction of a pipeline that began earlier this year.
The Rover Pipeline crosses farmlands and passes near small towns as it cuts through the state. It will cover 713 miles starting in West Virginia before it connects to a line in Michigan. Some businesses along its path saw a considerable boost to revenue with construction bringing in a surge of workers from out of state.
Businesses like hotels and restaurants saw the direct impact of pipeline workers needing places to eat and sleep. The Best Western in Wooster, Ohio, even provided space so the workers could conduct meetings and safety training. Other businesses like laundromats and convenience stores saw a boost in sales as well.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved construction of the pipeline in early 2017. While the pipeline raises regulatory questions and protests from environmentalists, for others it will continue to bring a welcomed boost to business.