Like most Nebraskans, there’s a lot Bruce Grewcock loves about his state and the people who live there. “People are friendly, there’s a good, strong work ethic and people are honest,” says Grewcock, Chairman and CEO of Kiewit Corporation. “It’s a really warm friendly place to be with good solid people and I think, maybe as corny as it sounds, you can still do business with a handshake.”
From his seat at the helm of the Omaha-based, employee-owned Fortune 500 corporation, Grewcock admits that doing business with people you know is important at Kiewit. And these person-to-person relationships span multiple generations – Kiewit has a 130-year history and today is recognized as one of the world’s largest and most respected contractors.
In terms of work with TransCanada, Kiewit helped build projects that range from the Coolidge Generating Station in Arizona to the original Keystone Pipeline, which has safely delivered more than 600-million barrels of oil from Canada to refineries in the U.S. Midwest since it began operation in July 2010.
Today, Grewcock is one of many Americans who would like to see the approval of Keystone XL, the proposed 1,179-mile crude oil pipeline that will begin in Hardisty, Alberta, and travel south to Steele City, Nebraska, where it will connect up with the same Keystone pipeline that Kiewit helped build more than five years ago. Along with transporting crude oil from Canada, the Keystone XL Pipeline will transport domestically produced US crude oil from producers in Texas, Oklahoma, Montana and North Dakota.
“This is a great opportunity for hundreds of craftsmen to earn some really good pay with some good benefits here in the State of Nebraska,” says Grewcock of the Keystone XL pipeline.
“The impacts are beyond just the workers that actually build the pipeline and the pumping station, but all the other peripheral benefits for all the services and supplies that are needed to do the construction.”
– Bruce Grewcock, Chairman and CEO of Kiewit Corporation
“I’m absolutely convinced this pipeline is going to be built to the absolute highest possible standards with modern metallurgy, welding techniques and leak detection, so I’m totally confident this pipeline is going to be a great asset here in the state of Nebraska.”
As we celebrate Labor Day, and with the six-year anniversary of Keystone XL’s original application for permit coming up, advocates for Keystone XL are joining forces to talk about the many benefits this project offers in terms of job creation and the positive economic effects it will have on every state it traverses and the United States as a whole.