A Texas-based company has plans to build a $1 billion cracker plant to turn ethane into polyethylene for plastics in southeast Ohio's Monroe County.
Appalachian Resins, based in Houston, has reportedly leased 50 acres from the Monroe County Port Authority.
The property is near Clarington.
The company had earlier been eying land in West Virginia.
The plant would employ 150 to 200 works and could be in operation by 2018.
Similar plants have been proposed in Beaver County, Pa., and near Parkersburg, W. Va.
Ethane is derived from drilling in the Utica and Marcellus shales.
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
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