Continuing to advance his JOBS1stPA initiative, Governor Tom Corbett joined Fibria Celulose S.A. officials and local representatives at the Tioga Marine Terminal in Philadelphia to celebrate the first full shipment of cargo of Fibria Cellulose and the addition of 380 jobs as a result of the governor’s efforts to attract the Brazilian company to the Port of Philadelphia.
The governor’s efforts occurred during the Team Pennsylvania Foundation-sponsored trade mission to South America in April 2013.
The Brazilian company, the world’s largest wood pulp producer, started shipping through the Port in July and is rapidly increasing its use of the terminal.
“To build a stronger Pennsylvania we have to roll up our sleeves and get to work meeting with companies to encourage investment and new job creation,” Gov. Corbett said. “From my first meeting with Fibria last year during a JOBS1st mission to Brazil and Chile to the announcement in February, I had one goal: bringing new jobs and new growth to Pennsylvania. Fibria’s decision to move its shipments to the Port of Philadelphia means significant economic activity and new opportunities for workers here at the Port.”
Gov. Corbett first met with Fibria Celulose S.A. (Fibria) CEO, Marcelo Strufaldi Castelli and members of Fibria’s leadership in São Paulo, Brazil during the JOBS1stPA Mission to Brazil and Chile in 2013. In February 2014, Fibria, the world’s largest producer of Bleached Eucalyptus Kraft Pulp (BEKP), announced it would move its current shipping operations from the Port of Baltimore to the Tioga Marine Terminal operated by Delaware River Stevedores at the Port of Philadelphia.
The move will result in an additional 12 to 18 vessels and approximately 300,000 metric tons of BEKP shipped annually to the Port of Philadelphia. Additional tonnage at the Port is projected to generate more than $40 million in economic activity annually and result in 228 direct jobs and more than 380 total jobs in Pennsylvania.
Due to the frequent arrivals of vessels carrying Fibria’s wood pulp, there will be regular opportunities for back-haul cargoes, which will permit Pennsylvania manufacturers to more easily export their products to Brazilian markets.
“Our work to bring Fibria to the Port of Philadelphia brings new jobs and new investment to the Port, but it is also part of an overall strategy to fully develop the potential of the Philadelphia waterfront,” Gov. Corbett said. “Our work to save the three Delaware River refineries and rejuvenate the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard – the continued river dredging to accommodate larger ships – the redevelopment of the Navy Yard as a world business center – is all part of this strategy.”
The Corbett administration is currently working with Conrail to raise the clearances on rail lines serving the Tioga terminal so the largest railcars can move cargo more quickly and efficiently to customers. The Governor has released $13 million in PennDOT capital funds for the rail clearance and yard work and another $10 million for improvements at the terminal. This work is underway and will be wrapped up by January.
“Strategic transportation investments set the stage for job growth and prosperity,” Gov. Corbett said. “That was my goal when I worked with the state legislature last year to deliver Act 89, our far-reaching transportation plan that is delivering better roads, bridges, transit, rail lines and port and aviation facilities.”