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Plastics plant planned at Wheeling

Feb. 14, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

CHARLESTON -- The CEO of Texas-based Appalachian Resins says he may make a formal announcement by month's end about a $500 million plastics plant near Wheeling.

James Cutler tells the State Journal the plan includes a small ethane cracker, a plant that extracts some liquids from wet natural gas to make the chemical feedstock ethylene.

Another operation would use that to produce polyethylene resins, starting in 2015. They're the HDPE plastics used for grocery and garbage bags, and the LLDPE plastics used to make cling wrap.

Cutler said the year-round operations will produce 500 million pounds of ethylene and 500 million pounds of polyethylene per year.

Most polyethylene is made along the Gulf Coast and shipped nationwide.

Cutler says being closer to the consumers gives his company an advantage.