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How does natural gas become a plastic toy or an industrial safety device? The gas molecule can be reconfigured to become a raw material for plastics manufacturing. Business leaders will hear what plastics manufacturers buy and what they make at Utica Summit IV on Oct. 11 at Embassy Suites by Hilton at Akron-Canton Airport (7883 Freedom Ave NW, North Canton, OH 44720).
Utica Summit IV, produced by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Shale Directories and The Canton Repository, will conclude the Chamber’s fifth year of explaining the Utica Shale to regional business representatives who attend.
The path for converting gas to plastic passes through an ethane cracker, like the one Shell Chemicals will build in Beaver County, Pa. Another cracker may be announced early next year in Belmont County, Ohio.
Speaking about their businesses and their enthusiasm for Utica energy will be:
Joe C. Eddy, president and CEO of Eagle Manufacturing, Wellsburg, W.Va., whose product line includes high-density polyethylene products for industrial safety and materials handling.
Stan Glover, Sales manager with Zeiger Industries of Canton Ohio, which makes tools for plastic production that are sold around the world. Stan also is a director at SPI, the plastics industry trade group.
Tom Gellrich of TopLine Analytics of Philadelphia, an analyst and consultant in the ethane market. Ethane is the Utica gas that can be converted into polyethylene at an ethane cracker.
In addition, Step2, the manufacturer of children’s toys and recreational structures in Streetsboro, Ohio, has been invited to make a presentation.
Other topics to be covered at the one-day conference include:
Cost to attend is $275. The event begins with registration at 7:30 a.m. and concludes at 2:30 p.m., with a continental breakfast and lunch provided. For more program developments, registration and sponsorship opportunities, go to www.uticasummit.com.
Questions regarding Utica Summit IV may be directed to David Kaminski, vice president of public policy and energy for the Canton Regional Chamber, at 330.458.2059 or firstname.lastname@example.org.