Ohio's governor talks polymers
Ohio ranks No. 2 in the U.S. in terms of plastics industry jobs, so when Gov. Ted Strickland talks about polymers, it's potentially important. Here's what Strickland had to say about plastics in today's "State of the State" address: "Ohio is a soybean state. We are a corn state. We are a logistics state, situated right in the heart of it all. And we are the polymer state. "All these things make us the ideal location for an advanced biorefinery that converts farm output into food, fuel and biopolymers. "Toothbrushes, cell phones, printer cartridges -- there's a list of products as long as my arm that are made today from petroleum-based plastic that could be made from biopolymers. "And I'll tell you this, there is nothing more important we could do for the security and sustainability of our nation than base our economy on the output of Midwestern farmers instead of Middle Eastern oil barons. "So to the companies drawing up plans to build a biorefinery -- bring those plans to us. Because with our agricultural output, our knowhow, and our location, we are sitting on a treasure and we will do everything in our power to tap it." Clearly Strickland would like to have a big bioplastic plant in Ohio. But the Buckeye State has plenty of competition on that front. At this point, Iowa is the leader. Telles, a joint venture owned by Metabolix and Archer Daniels Midland Co., already has a commercial-scale plant capable of making Mirel-brand corn sugar-based polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) resin in Clinton, Iowa. Today Strickland sent a message to future potential bioplastic projects: Ohio will pull out all the stops to get you to locate there.
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