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Old 02-05-2012, 06:16 AM
 
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Old 02-05-2012, 06:30 AM
 
Location: Western Pennsylvania
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So now that's Dominion and MarkWest, plus Caiman already in operation, and still the possibility of Shell. Wow!

I wonder how long it will be before somebody builds a plastics plant to take advantage of all output from the separation plants?
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Old 02-06-2012, 04:41 AM
 
Location: Winfield, WV
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So now that's Dominion and MarkWest, plus Caiman already in operation, and still the possibility of Shell. Wow!

I wonder how long it will be before somebody builds a plastics plant to take advantage of all output from the separation plants?
There's already a plastics plant along the Ohio River in Ravenswood, maybe it will see more growth?
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Old 02-06-2012, 05:53 AM
 
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Don't forget about Sabic and Dupont in Parkersburg as well. Of all the cities in WV, I'm worried about it the most in terms of experiencing growth again.
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Old 02-06-2012, 01:14 PM
 
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There's a plastics plant near The Highlands in Ohio County too.
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Old 02-06-2012, 02:21 PM
 
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Man, I'm graduating in May with a degree in Chemical Engineering but have no desire to go into process engineering (grad school for me). At least all of my friends won't have problems finding jobs now that the market is starting to expand.
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Old 02-06-2012, 03:53 PM
 
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The Ohio Valley (both sides of the River) from New Martinsville to Pittsburgh is going to be booming in the coming years like Morgantown and Martinsburg.
Areas further downstream will benefit too from plastic industry developments (raw materials will be readily available via river transport) and from transportation related developments (including Huntington).
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Old 02-06-2012, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Washington, WV
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Don't forget about Sabic and Dupont in Parkersburg as well. Of all the cities in WV, I'm worried about it the most in terms of experiencing growth again.
Parkersburg & Wood County in general should be fine with it's central location, the Ohio River, good highways, and it's terrain. But it really needs something big to come out of this Marcellus Shale to really turn things around and get back on the upswing economically.
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Old 02-06-2012, 07:50 PM
 
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Parkersburg & Wood County in general should be fine with it's central location, the Ohio River, good highways, and it's terrain. But it really needs something big to come out of this Marcellus Shale to really turn things around and get back on the upswing economically.
The Marcellus boom will effect Parkersburg noticeably in about five to seven years after the cracker is built and the plastics industry can thrive once again. It's just hard for me to be patient for Parkersburg when other cities are starting to see life. The biggest things to happen there in the last five years are the opening of the new BCBS HQ, the hospitals merging, and the parks, none of which bring any new industries or people to the city. Hopefully the guy who bought some of the warehouses on Depot St. can help get a port established there. That's about the only thing I see that has the chance to bring jobs to the area.
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Old 02-06-2012, 08:07 PM
 
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Transportation cost is a major factor. I think plastics will take off all up and down the Ohio River Valley because with automation and readily available raw materials, it will be cheaper for the elitists to manufacture the stuff here than in cheap labor countries that require massive transport expenditures.
Look for toys, styrofoam, and other such things to make a comeback. Just my opinion.
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