Polymers and Chemicals
When Shell Chemical built its Belpre Ohio facility in 1961, Appalachian Ohio became the birthplace of the modern block polymers industry. This facility is still in operation. Its current owner, Kraton Polymers, ships $750 million per year in high-tech polymers to more than 30 countries worldwide from this facility.
Appalachian Ohio continues to be a leader in the industry and the region is making a name for itself as the “second polymer valley.” From coffee cups to auto parts to specialized medical polymers, Appalachian Ohio polymers and chemicals facilities are on the upswing. With the discovery of Utica and Marcellus Shale deposits underlying the region that are rich in the chemical feedstocks for the industry, the future of the polymers industry in the Ohio Valley has never looked brighter.