Plastics & Chemicals
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Shell Ethane Cracker Will Add Nearly $4 Billion to PA’s Economy
The Shell petrochemical facility, slated to open in 2022, is a transformative project for Pennsylvania’s economy and the plastics industry. A 2021 study by Robert Morris University concluded that the facility will add nearly $4 billion every year to the state economy.Read More
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Funding & Resources
Industrial Resource Centers (IRC)
The Industrial Resource Centers are a network of seven private, nonprofits located strategically throughout the state to provide localized support. The network works with manufacturers to respond to changing market conditions, adopt new technology, and on creating strategies to remain competitive in today’s global economy.
Governor’s Action Team
The Governor’s Action Team works with companies expanding or locating operations in Pennsylvania. The team reports directly to the governor and provides businesses with support for site selection, research, connections with federal, state, and local stakeholders, and incentive packages.
Penn State Behrend School of Engineering
The Behrend School of Engineering’s undergraduate program provides students with hands-on learning experiences in the nation’s largest state-of-the-art plastics processing facility. It also offers a revolutionary policy which allows plastic manufacturers that fund research to own the intellectual property.
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Pennsylvania’s College of Technology’s Plastics Innovation & Resource Center provides plastics companies with access to highly skilled individuals within the industry. The college also educates and provides for the research & development needs of plastic processors and machinery manufacturers.
Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP)
The BFTP are a national model for technology-based economic development programs. BFTP provides both early-stage, technology-based firms and established manufacturers with funding, business and technical expertise, and access to a network of innovative, expert resources.