An influx of pipeline workers for the oil and gas industry is providing a burst of economic activity in the Marietta, Ohio, area and filling local RV parks, including about 25 spaces being rented at the Washington County Fairgrounds.
Most of the pipeliners camped at the fairgrounds and nearby Marietta RV facilities on Front Street work for Price Gregory International, headquartered in Houston, Texas, The Marietta Times reported.
Clyde Huddleston, who operates a small RV park along South Seventh Street in this Ohio Riverfront town, said he is thankful for the business in January.
“I have about four or five staying here now,” he said. “They came in during December. They’re all good-mannered people and they’re giving area businesses a good shot in the arm.”
Huddleston said he’s heard RV parks between Marietta and New Martinsville are filled with the workers.
Margaret Karcher has lived in the Marietta RV Park on Front Street for several years but has never seen so many RVs in the park at this time of the year.
“They started coming in November,” she said. “We usually have a few people staying here in the winter but this is quite different.”
Mario Marinucci, originally from Chicago, said he and his wife enjoy living on the road in their RV.
“This is our home full time,” he said. “My wife is a heavy equipment operator and I’m a boilermaker. And we’ve been coming here for the last six or seven years-we really like this city.”
Marinucci said the Marietta RV Park usually has only 10 or so campers at the most during winter months.
“But there are probably more than 20 vehicles parked in here now,” he said.