ACC: Shell Movement Toward New Ethane Facility Is Positive Sign for U.S. Manufacturing

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 15, 2012) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in response to an announcement by Shell Chemical LP concerning a potential new U.S. ethane cracker. 

“We are very encouraged by today’s news, which is yet another sign that a renaissance is underway in American chemistry,” said Cal Dooley, ACC President and CEO. “Shell Chemical’s decision to take the next step in considering a new ethane cracker for the United States—the first in over a decade—is great news for further domestic expansion in chemistry, and in turn the broader manufacturing sector. Our new competitive edge, made possible by abundant shale gas, can generate new jobs and increased exports in the many industries that rely on chemistry and plastics. Shell is one of several chemistry companies that have announced plans to expand production or explore new investments in major manufacturing facilities.”

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