Shell ethane ‘cracker’ expected to drive commercial development

The Interstate 376 thoroughfare in western Pennsylvania is likely to become the focus of commercial interests “as the region emerges as a player in the plastics and petrochemicals industry” anchored by the Royal Dutch Shell’s ethane “cracker” plant now being built in Beaver County, reports the Youngstown Business Journal. Noting a distribution center project that is being developed about 15 miles north of the cracker site, the newspaper says the conventional wisdom holds the Shell complex “will eventually attract more manufacturers or processors in the plastics and petrochemicals industries along with additional service-related companies.” For more, read the full story.