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Stark County, Ohio, commissioner Richard Regula is dedicated to expanding the petrochemical industry in Ohio and using shale gas to rebuild the state’s manufacturing base. Over the past six years, more than 2,400 gas wells have been drilled using hydraulic fracturing.

Vadxx Energy Establishes Waste Plastic to EcoFuel™ Facility in Akron As stated by JobsOhio: “Ohio’s polymer industry is supported by a world-class supply chain of academic and technical institutions, designers and material suppliers, mold builders, resin suppliers and compounders, plastic and polymer processors, industry associations and economic development groups.” And now it is also home […]

Shell has made the decision to build their long anticipated petrochemical complex in the vicinity of Monaca, PA, near Pittsburgh. Annual capacity is expected to be 3.5 billion pounds of polyethylene per year. Construction will start in late 2017 with production expected “early in the next decade.”

The first annual Tri-State Shale Summit was held October 12-13, 2015 in Morgantown, WV.  The summit was a collaborative effort on behalf of the states of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio to highlight and discuss development opportunities in the Marcellus & Utica Shale region. As part of the summit, Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor, Pennsylvania […]

The Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) announced it opened a new round of funding for the Energy Loan Fund on July 15, 2015. See below for the full announcement from ODSA. The Fund provides financing for energy efficiency and advanced energy projects to Ohio businesses, manufacturers, non-profits, schools, colleges and universities, and public entities. A […]

Last month, The American Chemistry Council (ACC) published a report about the economic impact of shale-advantaged resin on the U.S. plastics industry. As you know, the development of shale gas is dramatically changing the competitive landscape for American made plastics. What’s Happening? Shale gas development in the U.S. has had a dramatic impact on the […]

The development of North American shale gas has led to a number of ethane cracker project announcement in North America. However, recent news about the construction of ethane crackers is mixed. Petrochemical Company Braskem SA, is going to re-evaluate their plans to build a multi-billion dollar ethane cracker complex in West Virginia on hold. The […]

The dramatic drop in crude oil prices has resulted in significant declines in resin pricing in recent months.  What the future holds in terms of resin prices is not easily understood as the drivers are global and complex. The recent oil price decline is related to a complex set of global drivers including a slowing […]

Here is an opportunity to secure funding for development of new technology.  The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) recently published the topics for its second round of 2014 Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR). Phase I topics were published on […]

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