Latest Petrochemicals manufacturing News

New plant promising 2,500 jobs for southwest Virginia

Oct. 04, 2021 14:08 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A medical glove manufacturing facility promising to employ nearly 2,500 people is coming to southwest Virginia, Gov. Ralph Northam announced Monday, calling the news the biggest job-creation announcement in the struggling region in a generation. ...

From paints to plastics, a chemical shortage ignites prices

Sep. 30, 2021 11:39 AM EDT

In an economy upended by the coronavirus, shortages and price spikes have hit everything from lumber to computer chips. Not even toilet paper escaped. Now, they're cutting into one of the humblest yet most vital links in the global manufacturing supply chain: The plastic...

Reports: 5 injured in explosion at Louisiana chemical plant

Sep. 28, 2021 10:00 AM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Five people were injured in an explosion at a Louisiana chemical plant, news outlets reported. The explosion at the Westlake petrochemical plant near Lake Charles was reported late Monday night, Louisiana State Police spokesman Derek Senegal...

Texas company to pay nearly $3M for Clean Air Act violations

Sep. 15, 2021 13:41 PM EDT

POINT COMFORT, Texas (AP) — A Texas plastics company has agreed to pay nearly $3 million in civil penalties for violating the Clean Air Act, the U.S. Department of Justice announced. Formosa Plastics Corp. also agreed to improve its risk management program at its...

After Ida hits, August industrial output gains slow to 0.4%

Sep. 15, 2021 10:59 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial production slowed to a 0.4% gain in August as shutdowns of petroleum refineries and petrochemical plants caused by Hurricane Ida curbed manufacturing activity. Plant closures long the Gulf Coast as well as lost oil production during...

Ford plant caused benzene vapor in Detroit suburb's sewers

Sep. 04, 2021 12:53 PM EDT

FLAT ROCK, Mich. (AP) — A Ford plant is the source of benzene vapor in sewers that forced the evacuation of 10 homes and a school in the Detroit suburb of Flat Rock, according to state and company officials. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and...

A Hurricane Ida unknown: Economic impact on region and US

Aug. 28, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

A strengthening Hurricane Ida, bearing high winds and the likelihood of flooding rain as it heads for the Louisiana coast, could damage the energy-heavy Gulf Coast economy and potentially have economic consequences well beyond the region. The Gulf is not only a major base...

Gassy coal mines as environmental commodities? CNX shows how

Aug. 14, 2021 09:26 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — There is so much unwanted gas coming out of American coal mines — those that still produce coal and even those that have long quit — that federal data suggests it outpaces the carbon emissions footprint of the entire U.S. petrochemical industry. ...

Florida plastic recycling firm to build $440M Georgia plant

Aug. 01, 2021 11:03 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A Florida-based plastic recycling company has announced plans to build a $440 million plant in Augusta. The project is among the largest investments ever in the city, Augusta Economic Development Authority President Cal Wray told the Augusta...