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PTT Global Delays Decision on Belmont Cracker Plant

The Business Journal

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – PTTGC America, the Thailand-based petrochemicals giant considering building a $5.7 billion ethane cracker plant in Belmont County, today announced it would postpone its decision on whether to move forward with the project.

The final investment decision is planned toward the end of this year instead of its initial target of March, Toasaporn Boonyapipat, president and CEO of PTTGC America, said in a statement.

“We now anticipate reaching a final investment decision in late 2017, which is several months later than what we anticipated,” he said in a press released issued Tuesday afternoon.

Boonyapipat said that the project requires additional attention related to the initial designs that were submitted to the company by two engineering, procurement and construction contractors. “We recognized the need for further discussions with each of them so that we will be in a stronger position to make our decision on the engineering design and economic feasibility of…

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Solar company grew from owners’ need, interest

The Columbus Dispatch, for Columbus CEO Magazine

Michelle and Geoff Greenfield didn’t set out to create a business when they started researching solar power in Ohio at the beginning of the millennium. But what they learned in a quest for solar panels on the house they were building in rural Athens County pointed them to an unexpected opportunity.

Since Third Sun Solar’s modest start in 2000, the company now boasts more than 600 installations of solar panels in Ohio and 13 other Midwestern states, making the couple’s business focus as environmentally friendly as their surname. They talked recently with Columbus CEO magazine about the birth and growth of their company.

Q: Tell me about Third Sun Solar and its evolution. You started in your attic?

A: (Geoff) It’s a classic startup story — yeah, in the attic. Evolution is a good word for it. We didn’t really have a sense of what the future would hold and how the…

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