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Alberts Spray Solutions LLC Wins Top Applicator Award for 2013

Alberts Spray Solutions won the Top Applicator of the Year Award for Industrial applications from Rhino Linings.

Rhino Linings Corporation has a global commercial, industrial, military and retail network of over 2000 independently owned businesses, contractors and applicators in more than 80 countries around the world. It is recognized for its top-performing polymer formulations and state-of-the-art application equipment.

Rhino Linings Corporation

Governor Corbett Acknowledges Alberts Spray Solutions in his 2014-2015 Budget Address

On Tuesday, February 4th, Governor Tom Corbett delivered his 2014-2015 budget address. During the energy portion of his speech he paid tribute to the shale gas production in the state. Pennsylvania has become the nation's second- largest producer of natural gas. During the energy portion of the speech he cited Albert's Spray Solutions as one of the companies that are "seizing this opportunity, hiring local citizens for jobs, and helping to maximize our energy resources- responsibly."

Alberts Spray Solutions is a manufacturer and installer of Polyurea and Polyurethane products for the natural gas industry. Some of the products they manufacture and install are; primary and secondary containment, tank bases and Pipeline ditch breakers. Alberts Spray Solutions has been frequently cited for its success in helping the local economy.

Read Governor Corbett's 2014-2015 budget address here.

Article Sites RS Alberts and Alberts Spray Solutions Ability to Adapt New Markets

Edward Alberts and Seth Alberts
Edward Alberts and Seth Alberts
An article in the Philadelphia Inquirer published on 9/2/13 reviews how the Ralph S Alberts Company has adapted to market shifts. From its inception making plane parts over 50 years ago, to manufacturing padded seats and harnesses for amusement rides, to now manufacturing primary and secondary containment for the natural gas industry in the Marcellus Shale region, R S Alberts has maintained a focus on lower volume custom built niche products. That strategy has enabled Ralph S Alberts to thrive and react to market conditions for three generations. Alberts Spray Solutions LLC is the subsidiary of Ralph S Alberts that manufactures well liners for the shale gas industry.

For the full article click here

US Senator Bob Casey Starts Statewide Economic Development Tour with Press Conference at Alberts Spray Solutions

US Senator Bob Casey was at Ralph S. S Albert's Co. to promote a bill he will propose that will provide job training for Pennsylvania's natural gas industry. 26% of Alberts workforce is devoted to constructing containment pens to prevent spills from contaminating the soil.

Senator Casey toured the Ralph S. Alberts Co. manufacturing facility and gave a press conference in front of the Alberts Spray Solutions warehouse.

For full coverage there is a feature on

RS Albert and Alberts Spray Solutions Win Governor's Impact Award

Edward Alberts being presented the 2013 Governor's Impact AwardGovernor's Impact Awards 2013
Edward Alberts being presented the 2013 Governor's Impact Award
The Ralph S Alberts Company and Alberts Spray Solutions won the inaugural Governor's Small Business Impact Award for Central Pennsylvania. The awards are given to 50 companies throughout the state that are creating jobs and making positive contributions to their communities. Nominations for each award were made by the Partnership for regional Economic Performance (PREP).

Seth Alberts and Alberts Spray Solutions Featured in National US Chamber of Commerce Free Enterprise Article

An article for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's demonstrates how natural gas boom in different parts of the country helps local economies. A group of diverse local businesses tell their stories and how the exploration and the development of shale oil and gas helped their businesses and their local economies. Both the article and the accompanying video highlight Alberts Spray Solutions President & CEO Seth Alberts. The entire article can be read below or you can read it on the Chambers site.

Shale of the Century
by Sheryll Poe - January 30, 2013

This isn't the first time that Hondo Railway has experienced an energy boom. But it might be the one with the biggest impact on the 32-year-old company.

"This is Texas. Oil booms come and go, so there's a cautious approach to how long it will last, or if it's here to stay," says Miles Lee, vice president of operations at Hondo Railway.

Five years ago, the transload and short-line railway had 20 employees and 13,000 feet of track on 25 acres just outside of San Antonio, primarily moving food-grade products such as high fructose sweeteners for companies, including ADM.

Today, Hondo Railway has more than 100 employees and 85,000 feet of track on 156 acres. "The Eagle Ford boom hit, and we went from moving 2,500 cars to around 15,000 cars each year," says Lee.

Lee is referring to the Eagle Ford Shale gas formation, which has been producing oil and natural gas resources since its discovery in 2008. There are 256 wells seeking the 20.81 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 3.351 billion barrels of oil that is believed to reside in the shale. Hondo Railway has benefited from the boom by hauling sand and drilling mud required for hydraulic fracturing.

Hondo, Texas, isn't even located in the Eagle Ford Shale. In fact, the entire county of Medina is just north of the 3,000-square-mile formation in South Central Texas. But this doesn't mean that the area isn't benefiting from the increased production.

According to a study by the University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development, the Eagle Ford Shale generated $19 billion in revenue in 2011, supported approximately 38,000 full-time jobs in the area, and provided $211 million in local government revenue and $312 million in state revenue. The study projects that by the year 2021, the Eagle Ford Shale could produce close to $62.2 billion in output and up to $34 billion in gross regional products.

"One of the benefits for Hondo is that there are all these trucks coming in and out of our facilities every day," says Lee. "The workers are buying fuel, spending nights in hotels, and eating in restaurants."

In fact, Texas hotel room revenues jumped to $151.3 million in the first quarter of 2012, and areas related to oil and gas production accounted for a third of that growth, according to the Eagle Ford Consortium, a group organized to collaborate and maximize the benefits of the shale development to the region and its communities. Room counts in 22 counties in the Eagle Ford Shale grew by 5.1% in the 12 months ended March 31, 2012. Hotel revenues in those counties soared by more than 34%. Statewide, room counts expanded by 1.5%, and hotel revenues jumped by 8.5% in that time frame.

No Vacancies

La Salle County is right in the middle of the Eagle Ford Shale and is home to Eagle Den Suites, a new 80-room hotel in tiny Cotulla, Texas. Three months before the facility opened in June 2012, it was 60% occupied with six-month leases and has been 100% occupied ever since, says hotel manager Celia Avila.

Eagle Den Suites is one of three identical properties built by South Ridge Management Property in the last year and aims to provide a temporary home for the influx of oil and gas company workers who are operating in the area. The companies pay $109 to $135 a night for the suites, which include two beds, access to washers and dryers and Internet service, and a popular barbecue area, according to Avila.

"There's probably 50 to 60 oil companies here now, everything from crane companies to water well drillers. Everybody has gotten involved," says Avila, a local who moved back to Cotulla after 19 years in San Antonio.

The one-stoplight town has changed drastically since Avila has been away. Its population has swelled from 3,300 to 10,000 in the last three years. "The 18-wheeler big truck traffic here is crazy. The trucks line up from one end of the town to the other," Avila says. "But there's work being done around here. The roads are being fixed, and the whole town has embraced it."

From Roller-Coaster Seats to Containment Liners

Embracing change is something that Seth Alberts knows a lot about. He is vice president of Ralph S. Alberts, a family business located in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Since 1963, Ralph S. Alberts has made custom molded polymers for use in everything from roller-coaster seats to medical training mannequins.

As a member of his local chamber board as well as the economic development board, Alberts began hearing about all the companies benefiting from the development of the Marcellus Shale formation that runs underneath Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, and Ohio.

"About five or six years ago when the gas boom started to hit the area, I began thinking about what we could do to get involved without moving out of our comfort zone," says Alberts. This led to the discovery that there was a need for secondary containment liners to hold the various fluids stored on the drilling sites. Using his background in chemistry, Alberts tweaked an existing formula to develop a heavy-duty, yet flexible, spray-on polymer enclosure to ensure that spills do not contaminate the soil. "Think of it like a spray-in truck bed liner. It's very similar to that. It's got integrity and durability properties of the original polymer, but it's very flexible and can be easily moved."

Alberts created a separate company, Alberts Spray Solutions, and has 14 employees doing installations for all the major operators in Central and Northeast Pennsylvania. In early 2012, he opened an office in Cambridge, Ohio, which employs 5 people. "As that business continues to grow in 2013, as the Uttica Shale is expected to do, we'll add more employees," he says. He's also in talks to open another office in West Texas.

The economic benefits for Pennsylvania from natural gas development in the Marcellus Shale are already huge and are expected to multiply. A study released by the U.S. Chamber's Institute for 21st Century Energy says that production of unconventional oil and gas in the state, including the Marcellus Shale, created 102,668 jobs in Pennsylvania in 2012. That number is expected to increase to 220,635 by 2020 and to 387,360 by 2035.

The same study found that Marcellus natural gas production in Pennsylvania added more than $2.9 billion annually in government revenues in 2012. This figure is expected to rise to more than $9.8 billion annually by 2035.

"In all honesty, I've grown up here my entire life, and the economic growth this community has seen in the last three years is astonishing to me. And it's 100% tied to the gas and oil industry," Alberts says. "We're the seventh-fastest growing city in the country, and I'm convinced that if the industry was not here, we'd be struggling like other areas in the country are."

A Bustling Restaurant

Susan Gordon, owner of the WildcatZ Grill in Tioga, North Dakota, knows what it's like to struggle. The single mom was working two jobs in Newport Beach, California, just to pay bills and raise her family. In January 2012, Gordon moved to Tioga to take over the Wildcatz Grill when the family who owned it accepted a contract to operate an on-site cafeteria at the Hess Corporation, which operates and maintains nearly 150 producing wells in the area.

The 45-seat restaurant and take-out counter does a brisk business, with 10 employees running from tables to kitchen to register to ring up $8 bacon cheeseburgers with names like Wildcat and the Jim Bob. "The menu is small, but it's the stuff these guys want to eat," Gordon says about the oil field workers who make up 95% of her business.

Tioga may not have a WalMart (40 miles away) or a Target (80 miles away), but it sits on the Bakken formation, an oil and gas mega-field that spans 14,000 square miles under North Dakota, Montana, and Canada. The connection between Tioga and the Bakken runs deep - the find was named after Henry Bakken, an area famer who owned the land where the formation was initially discovered.

In 2001, North Dakota wells produced 31 million barrels of oil, less than 2% of which came from the Bakken. Ten years later, the state generated a record 152 million barrels, and more than 80% of it was Bakken derived. North Dakota is now the second-largest oil producer in the United States behind Texas. The U.S. Geological Survey says that there are at least 4 billion barrels of recoverable oil, but other estimates indicate that it could be four to five times that.

The growth has brought 71,824 workers, including Gordon, to North Dakota. "This is an opportunity to work as hard as I'm willing to. The hours are long, but if you put in the effort, you get something in return," says Gordon.

The biggest concern among the people of Tioga is that this latest energy boom may be a "one-shot deal," she says. "They've had booms here before and people are worried about what happens if things die out. The local people don't want it to be a ghost town again."

Seth Alberts President and CEO of Alberts Spray Solutions appears 3:27 minutes into the video

New York Times article reports on local and state efforts to maintain growth associated with the Marcellus Shale Natural gas boom.

Article sites Alberts Spray Solutions' parent company, Ralph S. Alberts Company, as a local business who was able to adapt its business to help provide services to the gas industry.

The gas boom has transformed the Williamsport and Lycoming County Pennsylvania area economically and helps employ tens of thousands of it's residents. Williamsport was the 7th fastest growing municipality in the United States in 2010 and city and county officials are aggressively working to keep the local industry growing by using federal, state, local and local business resources to for the gas industry jobs and embracing the industry.

The article used the example of how the Ralph S. Alberts Company adapted it's business to be a viable service to the gas industry. It's subsidiary, Alberts Spray Solutions, was established to make primary and secondary containment for gas wells. The article stated;

Local businesses have also stepped up to work with the industry. The Ralph S. Alberts Company makes custom molded polymers, anything from seats for amusement park rides to medical training mannequins. "We really have been able to adapt and almost continually change our identity to keep up with whatever new technology is coming around," said Edward Alberts, the company's president.

When the drillers came to town, the company quickly found a way to apply its expertise to the industry's needs, opening a business that constructs containment pens for drilling and storage equipment that are lined with heavy-duty spray-on polymer so that any spills do not contaminate the soil. The company is building the enclosures in Pennsylvania and Ohio, and drillers are talking to it about taking on jobs in Texas.

For the full article Gas Boom County Strives for Economic Afterglow

Alberts Spray Solutions joins local gas industry to support local conservation efforts

Alberts Spray Solutions is joining other gas industry companies and local businesses to raise money for the National Wild Turkey Federation, which dedicates itself to the conservation of wild turkey. The support will go to projects in Lycoming and Clinton counties. The Williamsport Sun-Gazette's article "Gas company partners with conservation group" (July 30, 2012) covers the gas industry involvement with the cause and the kickoff event "Fueling Conservation".

Seth Alberts is recognized by Pennsylvania Business Central as one of the "Foremost Under 40" in its 2012 Book of Lists.

Seth Alberts CEO of Alberts Spray Solutions and Vice President of the Ralph S. Alberts Company was named as one of the area's top entrepreneurs under 40 by Pennsylvania Business Central. Seth was also given the honor in 2010.

Gas Industry Shoots for Charity

Alberts Spray Solutions was one of 25 businesses related to the local natural gas industry that participated in a shooting tournament to raise money for the United Way of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. The fundraiser titled "Busting Clay for United Way" raised about $10,000 for the Lycoming County United Way. Newswatch 16, WNEP, reported on the event.
Here is a link to the story.

Edward and Seth Alberts featured on WVIA's Northeast Pennsylvania's Business Journal

Edward Alberts (President- RS Alberts) and Seth Alberts (CEO-Alberts Spray Solutions) discuss their company's history, successes and outlook with program host Bill Kelly.

They are also featured on the programs 4th seasons highlight reel. (They are 13:15 into the video.)

Alberts Spray Solutions opens second location in Cambridge Ohio

Feb 1 2012- Alberts Spray Solutions LLC is opening a second location in Cambridge Ohio to serve the Utica Shale Region in Eastern Ohio and Southwest Pennsylvania. Alberts Spray Solutions supplies the natural gas industry with spray polyurea and polyurethane products including primary and secondary containment units, well pad liners, frac pond liners, tank liners, tank bases, berming solutions, foam pipeline ditch breakers, rig mats, land clearing services, and water hauling. According to Alberts Spray Solution's C.E.O. Seth Alberts, "we are committed to this industry and this area, and hopefully, this land acquisition will help us solidify our footprint as the industry's leader in polyurea containment solutions - We will be here for the long haul." Alberts Spray Solutions is headquartered in Montoursville, PA.

Edward and Seth Alberts
Edward & Seth Alberts Premieres Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 on WVIA-TV
Encore Presentations: Thurs., Feb. 2 at 10pm on WVIA-TV & Sun., Feb. 5 at 4pm on WVIA-TV

Meet Edward and Seth Alberts of Ralph S. Alberts Company. Their business is flourishing because of the Marcellus Shale play in Williamsport. Seth also runs Alberts Spray Solutions a subsidiary of Ralph S. Alberts and Company. This father and son team are a force to behold in the region. released this commercial outlining the benefits of energy derived from shale and how they protect our water. The commercial was produced specifically for the Willamsport, Pennsylvania area. For more information go to:

Alberts Spray Solutions and Gas Industry Provides Aid to Flood Relief Efforts

Alberts Spray Solutions, its parent company, Ralph S Alberts Company joined the gas industry and their local vendors to donate money, equipment and services to aid victims of flooding after Tropical Storm Lee dumped record rains in September.

Representatives of Alberts Spray Solutions and The Ralph S Alberts Company provided food and services after the rains. Alberts is donating $10,000 to the relief fund set up by the Williamsport Chamber of Commerce and the First Community Foundation to aid local non-profit organizations, governments and small businesses in their flood relief efforts. They are donating an additional $5000 to Susquehanna Health. The company’s also donated a truck to a family whose property and home were destroyed by the flood waters.

The gas industry and their affiliates have poured resources into the relief efforts. Money, equipment and personnel have all been deployed to assist the communities where they do business.

The Center Daily Times wrote an article about the relief efforts by the Ralph S Albert Company, other local businesses and gas companies. You can access the article here.

Alberts Spray Solutions CEO Seth Alberts speaks to Guernsey Energy Coalition in Cambridge Ohio

Seth Alberts CEO and founder of Alberts Spray Solutions LLC gave a presentation about the economic impact of oil and gas drilling to local business. The speech was to the recently formed Guernsey Energy Coalition and came at the request of the Cambridge area Chamber of Commerce.

The natural gas and oil in the shale formations in Guernsey County are expected to create an economic boom to the area. Alberts gave the audience an idea of what to expect when the drilling begins and how local businesses can capitalize on the dollars coming into the area. The meeting was covered by the Daily and Sunday Jeffersonian. The article can be found here.

Alberts Spray Solutions itself was created from an existing business to facilitate the oil and gas exploration business. Alberts Spray Solutions makes polyurea tank liners and well pads as well as a variety of polyurethane products. In addition to the talk Seth was looking for property for expansion of Alberts Spray Solutions.

Alberts Spray Solutions, a subsidiary of the Ralph S Alberts Company, CEO Seth Alberts featured panelist on WVIA's State of Pennsylvania: Boomtown Williamsport

Program discusses how the Marcellus Shale natural gas exploration is transforming Williamsport.

Seth Alberts, CEO and founder of Alberts Spray Solutions a subsidiary of Ralph S Alberts Company was a member of a 4 person panel on the WVIA television program State of Pennsylvania: Boomtown Williamsport. The program was a discussion about the changes the oil and gas exploration has brought to Williamsport.

Alberts reflects on how he adapted a plastics manufacturing company established in 1963 and adapted it to the opportunities presented by oil and gas exploration. The company has experienced explosive growth and is generating new jobs for the area. Alberts said he expects to add another 10-12 new jobs and will reinvest profits back into the company.

Alberts Spray Solutions provides a number of products and services for the oil and gas industry. For more information click here.

To watch the program State if Pennsylvania; Boomtown Williamsport click here.

Click here to read a summary of the show read the Williamsport Sun-Gazette article.

Seth Alberts to be on panel for PBS's WVIA "State of Pennsylvania" program airing live May 19/ 7-8pm
The WVIA television program State of Pennsylvania, will feature a 1 hour special "Boomtown Williamsport" that will be broadcast live from the Pennsylvania College of Technology. Seth Alberts CEO of Alberts Spray Solutions will be on the panel that will discuss the economic effects of natural gas exploration in Lycoming County. WVIA recently televised a similar program named "Boomtown Towanda" that demonstrated how the community was transformed because of the arrival of the natural gas and oil industry.

Albert's Spray Solutions is a subsidiary of RS Alberts Company and was established to facilitate the needs of the oil and gas industry. To find out more about Alberts Spray solutions click here or contact us.

The Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce is encouraging its members to attend the live show. To be part of the audience - call the Williamsport Chamber of Commerce at 326-1971 or e-mail your request to

For more information about the program please see WVIA's program page. You can also submit questions to the show via email.

Ralph S. Alberts Co. continues to evolve - April 4, 2011
By AMANDA ALEXANDER, Williamsport Sun-Gazette
Since its humble beginnings building aircraft parts in its founder's basement, Ralph S. Alberts Company Inc. has continued to evolve in accordance with the community's needs.

"It's grown and changed a lot," Vice President Seth E. Alberts said of the business, which began in the mid-1960s in his grandfather's basement and has grown to 85 employees and a 55,000-square-foot manufacturing space. Read the full article.

RS Alberts Vice President Seth Alberts records testimonial for Chief Oil and Gas

Seth Alberts Vice President of RS Alberts speaks about the positive impact natural gas development in the Marcellus Shale region has on RS Alberts. He did the testimonial for Chief Oil and Gas.

To view all of the testimonials click here

Seth Alberts named as one of Pennsylvania Business Central 2010/ Foremost under 40 Entrepreneurs

11/22/10- Seth Alberts Vice President has been named one of the top entrepreneurs under 40 years of age for 2010 by Pennsylvania Business Central Magazine. Seth is sited because of his innovation in adapting his business to new opportunities, hiring locally and his involvement in the community.

Here is the article as it appears in Pennsylvania Business Central

Third Generation leading business to new heights: Seth Alberts

By Harry Zimbler, Editor

Williamsport December 22 2010 - The third generation in his family to operate the Ralph S. Alberts Company, Seth Alberts has spent his entire life in business. He is now Vice President of the company and hopes to lead it to new heights as the Marcellus Shale natural gas play expands the economy in the region. Read more....

Company adapts decades-old process to gas industry needs - Nov 7, 2010 - By DAVID THOMPSON
Just about any local business can find a niche in the natural gas industry. All it takes is a little creativity, said Seth E. Alberts, vice president of Ralph S. Alberts Co. Inc. of Montoursville.

Alberts should know. His company, which is best known for manufacturing products for amusement parks, adapted its techniques in that field to construct durable plastic well pad liners used to contain spills at drilling sites. Read the full article here.