Study: Shale Offers Hope For Sunoco Pa. Refinery

The advent of natural gas from shale could potentially resurrect an old 175,000 bpd Sunoco refinery in Marcus Hook, Pa., near Philadelphia, according to a new report issued by the consulting firm IHS. The report brainstorms redevelopment concepts and was commissioned by the Delaware County Council, which wants to recover some of the 500 jobs lost when the refinery closed back in December. The Council and IHS came up with ideas that...

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President Obama Champions Manufacturing In The SOTU

During last night’s State of the Union address, the president spent roughly the first quarter of the speech talking about manufacturing. Does Obama have the right solutions? Time will tell. (It is an election year, so little will get done anyway.) But the Administration has certainly identified the right problem: the need to turn around manufacturing in the U.S. The speech began with the auto companies: On the day I took office, our...

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PPG Looks To Secure Titanium Dioxide

At an analyst meeting this week in New York City, PPG Industries chief technology officer Charles F. Kahle II announced that his company was looking to partner with a TiO2 producer. Here’s the context: supplies of TiO2 white pigments and the ores that are used to produce them are exceedingly tight. This has prompted Tronox to merge with the South African mineral sands producer Exxaro and is the reason Saudi Arabia’s Cristal is...

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Dow CEO Talks Manufacturing On CNN

Dow CEO Andrew N. Liveris appeared on a CNN special Sunday night hosted by Fareed Zakara titled “Restoring the American Dream, Getting Back to Work.” The segment with Liveris can be found here. As previously noted by The Chemical Notebook, and in C&EN, Liveris wrote a book on rejuvenating American manufacturing called Make It In America: The Case for Re-Inventing the Economy” . (My review was blurbed in the editorial review...

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Apologies, Excuses

As you may have noticed, the Chemical Notebook has taken a summer hiatus of practically European extent. Sorry for the lack of posting. I do have excuses. Two floods—including Hurricane Irene–and my vacation occurred over the past month. (I considered writing a post on materials and hurricanes, but it was just going to be about how stupid it is to tape up windows during a hurricane.) Once I started treading water, it was time...

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Dow On TV

Olin isn’t the only company that makes chlorine and ammunition. So does Dow. Dow paintballs OK, the polyethylene glycol filling in paint balls aren’t exactly Winchester rounds. Separately, CBS News did a piece on Dow’s solar shingles: CBS Report on Dow Shingles Autoworkers paid taxes that helped subsidize my University of Michigan education. It is nice to see some of them getting back to...

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