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  • Occidental plans Texas ethylene facility
    Occidental Petroleum plans to construct an ethylene plant in Texas that would open in 2017 and have annual capacity of 1.2 billion pounds, according to a filing with the Environmental Protection Agency. The site would have 123 employees and would reserve some output to produce vinyl chloride monomer at an adjacent facility. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Manufacturing report sheds light on state of U.S. reshoring
    Openings of U.S. manufacturing plants are not keeping pace with closings, even while the trend is toward fewer shutdowns, according to the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation. "Although economic forces and business requirements seem to be shifting in favor of domestic sourcing, there is little evidence that a manufacturing revival has occurred -- the necessary positive economic and strategic forces are not reinforced by supportive public policy," the MAPI report says. (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: CBO miscalculated expanded drilling revenues
    Potential revenues from giving oil and natural gas drillers more access to public lands are far greater than the Congressional Budget Office's estimates, according to the Institute for Energy Research. The country's gross domestic product would increase by $127 billion annually for the next seven years via expanded development, the IER report determined. "[W]hile the Administration cannot shy away from exploring the fiscal benefits of opening Federal lands, the CBO study was restricted to analyzing just one component of those benefits: lease revenues," the report stated. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research & Innovation 
  • Lubrizol's high-performance polymer has water-pipe applications
    Lubrizol is marketing chlorinated polyvinyl chloride pipes and other products for water-service applications and fire-sprinkler systems. The resistance of its multilayer bendable pipes are ideal for installations that need flexibility, while its CPVC-based plastic is "much better off than steel in fire sprinklers because of our ability to offer owner-occupancy advantages," said Gary Johnson of Lubrizol's TempRite Engineered Polymers unit. (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Leadership & Management 
  • The purpose-driven company
    There are five questions that corporate leaders should ask to determine their company's true goals and the best strategies to achieving them, experts say. "In the end, as a human being or an institution, you have to understand why you were put on this earth, and what actions you're going to take to deliver on that purpose," says design consultant Keith Yamashita. FastCoDesign (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ACC News 
  • Another manufacturing state ready to capitalize on shale gas: New York
    In late January, Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y. was named the newly elected co-chairman of the bipartisan House Manufacturing Caucus. Like his fellow co-chairman, Democrat Tim Ryan of Ohio, Reed is committed to connecting the dots that link bountiful supplies of inexpensive natural gas from shale to prosperity and job growth. As Reed told reporters in a recent interview: "Shale gas is a game changer that will strengthen the American economy for decades to come. Our region has been blessed with plentiful natural gas reserves, and manufacturers will play a key role in developing those resources."

    Read more from ACC on benefits of shale gas in New York. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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