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Are you curious to learn more about mind-blowing 3D printing technology and the not-to-be-missed International Plastics Showcase in Orlando, Florida? The February Polymer News roundup will clue you in to what’s going on with everything polymer-related in Ohio, and much more.

On January 1, 2014, Bruce Fawcett became PolymerOhio’s new Executive Director, replacing CEO Wayne Earley and President Joe Jacomet, both of whom retired on December 31, 2013. Bruce comes to PolymerOhio with more than 30 years of broad business experience in a variety of industries, working in organizations large and small.

Recent news that eastern Ohio’s natural gas deposits could be worth $20 billion was big news when Gov. John Kasich announced this prediction recently in conjunction with the jobs potential it represents. His much-quoted line, “I don’t want any foreigners working on wellheads…that is, people who come from Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Kentucky, and those distant foreigners from Texas,” spurred humor and a tone of seriousness. Although Ohio is a long way from a massive natural gas industry, the U.S. Geological Survey did update its estimates in August 2011 for the Marcellus Shale region underlying New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio, saying it contains 84 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, recoverable natural gas. Chesapeake Energy Corporation would play a key role in the Marcellus Shale venture.

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