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Shell cracker plant will have big impacts

By Bob Downing Published: February 10, 2012

Ohio could stand to gain thousands of jobs, even if the state loses out on the petrochemical cracker plant planned by Royal Dutch Shell PLC, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Shell is expected to announce by late March whether the multi-billion plant will be built in Ohio, Pennsylvania or West Virginia. The three states are competing and have offered major incentives to attract the plant.

The plant would process ethane from natural gas drilling into ethylene that is used in plastics.

Such a plant could result in 17,000 chemical jobs in Ohio, generating $1 billion in wages annually and nearly $170 million a year in taxes, according to estimates.

Ohio would still benefit big time even if the plant ends up in another state, the paper said.

"This is the best thing that's probably ever happened to the chemical industry in Ohio," Jack Pounds, president of the Ohio Chemical Technology Council, told the Columbus Dispatch.

Here's a link to that story.

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