Tom-Gellrich-podiumWill an ethane cracker be built in Ohio, Pennsylvania or West Virginia? If so, when? Tom Gellrich, founder of TopLine Analytics in Philadelphia, is constantly looking for the answers to these questions. He will speak here again at Utica Summit III on Oct. 13.
Utica Summit III, a co-production of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, and The Repository, takes a broad look at Utica Shale energy development, particularly the downstream benefits to manufacturing, transportation and energy generation. Once again, the summit will be held at the University Center at Kent Sate University Stark in suburban Jackson Township. An ethane cracker processes ethane, a gas found in abundance in the Utica Shale, and turns it into ethylene and polyethylene, a material that can be manufactured into tens of thousands of plastics products. Gellrich is a student of the ethane market who promotes ethane as a catalyst for increased manufacturing growth in the United States. He helps companies prepare for the energy and manufacturing changes that will come from what he calls “the shale gas tsunami.” A few companies, among them Shell Chemical in Beaver County, Pa., are considering the multibillion-dollar investment that is an ethane cracker. None of the projects have begun. “The cracker projects in the (Appalachian) basin are now all stalled or in slow play for a variety of reasons," Gellrich said. “However some innovative new alliances and new parties are in the wings, which could open up the logjam.” Gellrich holds a degree in chemical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He has extensive experience in Europe. His interests expand into guest lecturer for the St. Joseph’s University Executive MBA program, and as a board member for the 3E Institute (Educational Excellence and Entrepreneurship). Tom is a sought-after speaker in  industry conferences, bringing innovative ideas to established industries. To register for Utica Summit III go to Sponsorship information is available from David Kaminski at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce: (330) 458-2059 or