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The University of Akron’s College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE) is the recipient of approximately $4 million in federal grants, coming at a time when university trustees have approved investments in “key areas of strength and opportunity.”

Ohio MEP is pleased to announce that Tom Gellrich, CEO and Founder of TopLine Analytics will be the guest speaker at their September 20th workshop, Entering the Downstream Petrochemical Value Chain.

The Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OH MEP) and its affiliates, which includes PolymerOhio, are working with Catalyst Connection to inform manufacturing companies about existing and emerging shale-manufacturing sectors.

Advanced Polymer Coatings, Inc. (APC), based in Avon, Ohio, has entered into an exclusive North American distribution agreement with Strathmore Products to bring APC’s custom lining solutions to the rail industry.

PhilPott Solutions Group’s new CEO Jim Vaughn has big plans for the company. In addition to working tirelessly to bring the company’s plastic injection and rubber molding work back from China, Vaughn has made plans to use the 43,000-square-foot plant that PhilPott purchased in 2016 to move the company’s West Virginia chemical operations to Aurora, Ohio.

Industry Analyst Kevin Swift, American Chemistry Council’s chief economist, projects a significant increase over the next five years in plastics investments in Ohio. In addition to the projected investments, the American Petroleum Institute predicts an increase in natural gas jobs in Ohio and across the United States.

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