Wed. 10/11
7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Chamber Event
Join everyone at Barrette Center at Walsh University
2020 East Maple St
North Canton, OH
Questions? (330) 458-2070

downstream development: ethane cracker plants, sustainable jobs in manufacturing, and more!

Will Hurricane Harvey’s damage to Houston speed up investment in the gas-to-plastics plants along the Ohio River? Our experts will address this question.

We also look at shale-related real estate development, industrial workforce, and the latest numbers in the multibillion dollar private investments made in Ohio’s Utica counties.

The Utica Shale will transform Ohio’s economy for decades to come. Our speakers offer insights.

Speakers include:

Tom Gellrich on the pursuit of cheaper U.S. energy by worldwide manufacturers, and the latest on ethane crackers.

Tom is founder of TopLine Analytics of Philadelphia, a business advisory firm that helps worldwide clients to plan for investments and expansion in the plastics and chemicals industry. One of his specialties has been advising on the development of ethane crackers that turn Utica gas into plastics feedstocks.

Paul Boulier on Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania cooperation toward developing a regional petrochemical hub.

Paul is vice president for business attraction at Team NEO, an economic development organization focused on creating jobs for Northeast Ohio’s residents. He holds degrees in plastics engineering and chemistry and has worked at A. Schulman, Core Molding Technologies, Avery Dennison and Nova Chemicals.

James Cooper on the potential for petrochemical industry growth in Northeast Ohio and the Ohio River valley.

James is senior petrochemical adviser at the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers. He works on special projects related to the petrochemical industry with a focus on shale development, the manufacturing supply chain and strategies for key advocacy issues. He also serves as a technical advisor in the areas of chemical risk management, security and safety.

 Mountaineer NGL Storage intends to build a $150 million underground storage facility for natural gas liquids in Clarington, Ohio.

Its plan is to begin with storage for 325 million barrels of NGLs in a salt formation about 6,700 feet below the surface. Underground ethane storage is an important component of the infrastructure that would support the Shell Chemicals ethane cracker being built in Beaver County, Pa., and the PTT Global cracker that is being planned for Belmont County, Ohio.

Little Tikes, the worldwide toymaker, will be among the plastics manufacturers on an industry panel moderated by Stan Glover, chair of the Equipment Council at the Plastics Industry Association and sales director at Zeiger Industries in Canton.

Manufacturers will offer their views on the challenges and opportunities facing their industry..

Bryce Custer on preparing Stark County or any other community for downstream business growth opportunities.

Bryce, with NAI Spring Realty of Canton, is one of the leading commercial real estate agents in the Utica Shale region. He has helped to acquire land for infrastructure projects such as the Advanced Power gas-fired electricity generating plant in Carroll County. He works in both Ohio and West Virginia to help companies prepare for major Utica business expansions.

Kent Dubbe on workforce development in Utica-related manufacturing

Kent is vice president of human resources and organization development at Ariel Corp. in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Ariel is the world’s largest manufacturer of separable reciprocating gas compressors used by the global energy industry to extract, process, transport, store and distribute natural gas from the wellhead to the end user.

Andrew Thomas on the tens of billions of dollars in Utica business investments to date.

Andrew is executive in residence at the Energy Policy Center at Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. CSU has been Ohio’s leading academic institution in studying the economic value of Utica Shale development. His research colleagues, Dr. Iryna Lendel of Cleveland State and Dr. Jeffrey Dick at Youngstown State University, have been presenters at past Utica business seminars produced by the Canton Regional Chamber – and Shale Directories.

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"Even though we have vast knowledge of the field, the actors, the technology, I still feel that every time we attend, we learn something new.”

Dr. Iryna Lendel, Ph.D., Cleveland State University researcher in shale economics, and thrice a presenter at Utica oil and gas seminars in Canton.

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