Petrochemical industry is growing in many regions

As demand for plastics continues to rise, the industry that produces the material has continued to increase hiring levels.

In a recent interview, industry executive Richard Meresole said that a sizable investment was being made in the Gulf Coast and other parts of the United States to help extract the natural gas that is required to make plastic products, the Houston Chronicle reports.

As a result of the quick growth of the industry, many of the largest firms have been stepping up recruiting
efforts on college campuses.

"We have an aggressive on-campus recruiting program for a range of professional degrees, including, finance, accounting, and engineering. We actively recruit in, and hire from, the local job market for all aspects of operating and maintaining its manufacturing facilities," said Sam Scheiner, director of human resources for INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA in an interview with the paper.

Natural gas has led to more jobs in other places as well. In West Virgina, a study from IHS Global Insight found that by 2035, the Shale gas sector will see one million more workers employed.

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