Thu. 2/25
7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Chamber Event
Join everyone at Holiday Inn Canton (Belden Village)
4520 Everhard Rd NW
Canton, OH
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In-person reservations are closed.  You may register to attend virtually below.  

The Future of Petrochemicals POST COVID-19 in the Appalachian Basin

What’s the world going to look like POST COVID-19?  Every industry is grappling for answers to this question.  At our 8th Annual Utica Downstream Conference, you will get a perspective for the experts who will be speaking at the conference.

The 8th Annual Utica Downstream Conference is probably the most relevant since there are a number of milestones that have occurred or will be occurring that will significantly change the downstream petrochemical industry in the Appalachian Basin.



  1. Increase Use of Single Service Products: The pandemic has reversed the movement to eliminate “single use” products and made the demand for single use disposals in all categories greater than ever.  The Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) alone has seen an explosion in demand with prerequisite that the products be made in America.
  2. Reshoring: The myriad of problems getting all types of products from China during the early phases of the pandemic has led to federal and state programs to reshore many plastics companies.
  3. Shell Cracker Plant: The Shell cracker plant is approaching completion.  When in operation it will provide unmatched customer service and very competitive pricing to petrochemical and plastics companies in the Appalachian Basin.
  4. PTTGCA Cracker Plant: The PTTGCA Final Investment Decision (FID) is scheduled to be announced in February 2021.  The second cracker plant in the Basin will certainly provide petrochemical and plastics companies a more diverse selection of petrochemicals.
  5. Recycling: Recycling of plastic products will become more critical as the result of the pandemic.  Federal, state and local governments will have to work with the chemical and plastics industry to develop technology, programs and practices that result in less products going to landfills.

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Now in our eighth year of service to regional businesses and the energy industry

The Holiday Inn Canton is offering special room rates for the dates of February 24 and 25, 2021.  Call (330) 494-2770 to make reservations and mention that you are attending Utica Downstream.


Scott Owens - LNE Group 
Tom Gellrich - TopLine Analytics
Timothy Knobloch and James Knobloch - Petroleum Consultants, JKPC
Tony Radoszewski - President & CEO, Plastics Industry Association

Tony Barbera - Co-Owner and CEO, Barbco, Inc.
Michael Marr - Shell Appalachia
Bryce Custer - Reshoring America
Rosemary Coates - Executive Director, Reshoring Institute
Chris Ventura - Executive Director for Consumer Energy Alliance
Harry Dravecky - Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
Dennis Unkovic - Meyer, Unkovic & Scott
Mary Guinee - Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.

tom gellrich

founder, topline analytics

Tom Gellrich has been one of the pioneers in understanding and identifying the changes that shale gas as risks and opportunities for the US manufacturing industry. His presentations and white papers have been extensively quoted.

As an Executive with experience in operational business management, strategic development, hands on sales and marketing Tom provides a unique perspective combining all elements. He has been involved in several start-up opportunities – innovation - balanced with Fortune 50 experience – rigorous application. At Elemica, a B2B service company that Tom was instrumental in founding, he managed all aspects of European operations but focused on customer acquisition. Prior to Elemica, at Arkema/Atofina, Tom held a variety of positions in Strategic Planning, Business Management, and Business Consulting. His entry to the business world was with Exxon Mobile, moving from engineering to project management and business roles.

Tom holds a degree in Chemical Engineering, and is bilingual with extensive experience in Europe. His interests expand into guest lecturer for the St. Josephs University Executive MBA program, and as a Board member for the 3E Institute (Educational Excellence and Entrepreneurship). 

Tim knobloch

petroleum engineer and president, jkpc petroleum consultants

Tim Knobloch is president of James Knobloch Petroleum Consultants Inc. (formerly James Engineering Inc.) based in Marietta, Ohio. Tim has been associated with the firm since 1997 performing reservoir analysis and economic appraisals, estimating and auditing oil and gas reserves, providing litigation support, production analysis, oil and gas appraisals, and acquisitions and divestitures. The company also maintains a current database of all Appalachian Basin horizontal wells including location, completion, production, and reserves analysis information.

Tim began his career with Amoco Production Company in Traverse City, Michigan as a drilling and production engineer and later worked in the Appalachian Basin with Quaker State and Peake Energy before joining James Engineering.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, is a lifelong member of the SPE, and is also a member of the International Institute of Minerals Appraisers.



Tony Radoszewski began his career as a polyolefins sales representative with Phillips Chemical Company in 1980.  In 1986, he moved to Houston to become part of the Phillip’s managerial team, holding positions in pricing and supply, market development, and finally as market manager for film and rotational molding.  In 1992, Radoszewski was named Oil & Gas Sales Manager for Phillips Driscopipe (now Performance Pipe), based in Richardson, Texas.  There he was later named Director of Business Development, a new strategic division created to enhance and expand the corporate portfolio by developing new products and markets to increase the company’s position.  Following that role, he became Sales Director for Phillips Sumika Polypropylene Company, a joint venture between Phillips Chemical Company and Sumitomo Chemical.

In 1995, Radoszewski joined Advanced Drainage Systems Inc. (ADS), the world’s largest manufacturer of plastic drainage pipe, as Director of Marketing and Business Development, a position he held for seven years before being named president of Wentworth Group International, a business to business firm specializing in market development for industrial clients.

In 2006, Radoszewski was recruited to become the President of the Plastics Pipe Institute.  During his 13-year tenure there, he led efforts that dramatically increased membership, enhanced member services, improved cash flow and profitability for the association while also strengthening relationships with key stakeholders, including government.

Radoszewski holds a degree in chemistry from St. Mary’s University, San Antonio.

 Tony Barbera
Tony Barbera

Co-Owner and CEO

Tony Barbera has been with Barbco since the beginning in 1989. He has mastered all aspects of the fabrication of the AMB product lines and related tooling. This includes CNC machining, plasma burning, general machining, fit and weld fabrication, paint, hydraulic and electrical assembly. Barbera has experience with international and domestic sales, as well as leading the Barbco Engineering team.

Tony is involved in the commissioning and consulting on all Barbco manufactured Auger Boring, Guided Auger Boring, Boring Machine Tunnel Attachments, Horizontal Directional Drill, FlexBor, TriBor equipment, as well as with, domestic and international sales and rentals. Tony holds numerous domestic and international patents.  The latest two have been conferred on November 5, 2019 and January 7, 2020.  Four more international and one more domestic inventions are well along in the patenting process.

Tony has professional organization memberships with: North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT), National Utility Contractor Association of Ohio (NUCA), Association of Equipment Manufactures (AEM) and member of the Microtunneling Short Course and is a speaker for the organization. In addition, he is on the advisory board for the Barbera Education, Research & Training (BERT) Facility at the Trenchless Technology Center on the campus of Louisiana Tech University in Rushton, Louisiana.

Michael marr

business integration lead, SHELL APPALACHIA

Michael Marr has been a senior communications leader in both the private and public sector for more than two decades. In 2012, Marr joined Shell and has since worked in different roles covering Shell’s US Chemicals Assets and Shell’s petrochemical project in Beaver County, PA. For the five years preceding Marr’s employment with Shell, he served as the public affairs lead at the former BP Texas City site, which housed the nation's third largest oil refinery, an integrated chemical plant and a power plant.

Marr worked in senior governmental roles before joining the private sector in 2007. After graduating from Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Michael joined the staff of Congresswoman Helen Bentley of Maryland. Subsequently, Marr served in a variety of roles for New York Governor George Pataki – including as the Governor’s official press secretary, campaign press secretary and as the State’s lead economic development spokesperson in the 18 months that followed 9/11.

Marr grew up in Baltimore and recently relocated from Houston, Texas to the Pittsburgh area with his wife and their son Ryan, who is eight.

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