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Pennsylvania Poised to Attract Billions from New Industry Cluster

Site preparations in Beaver County, Penn. for Shell's multi-billion dollar ethane cracker. {Photo Credit: Reid Frazier / The Allegheny Front}

During a tour of Pittsburgh last November, Global Location Strategies Managing Principal Woody Hydrick was asked to present his perspective of the region’s investment in petrochemical production. Spearheaded by the region’s rich shale gas supply and an announcement made in March 2012 by Royal Dutch Shell to build a petrochemical plant in Western P.A., progress has been slow and questions have loomed large. But Hydrick assures regional economic development officials that their investment will pay off for a number of reasons. Click the PDF link below to learn how Western Pennsylvania developed an industry cluster around shale gas and how the collaborative spirit of state and local governments and private industry is attracting major manufacturers from around the globe.