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NANCY FORD, Contributing Writer

“At some point, this awesome economic cycle will come to an end, and we’ll have a recession of some kind,” said Morgan. “How are we going to weather that? How are we going to bounce back stronger after that?” more

Refining/Petrochemical

According to Steve Skarke, executive vice president for Kaneka Corp., the petrochemical industry’s workforce of the future is going to be filled with folks who are “much more technically savvy than they have been in the past.” more

Training & Human Resources

According to Jerry MacCleary, chairman and CEO of Covestro, the company takes its social responsibility very seriously. Its vision, he said, “is to make the world a brighter place.” more

Plant Management & Operations

Most people in the petrochemical and related industries remember October 1987 as a bad month, to put it mildly. Monday, Oct. 19, is better known as “Black Monday,” the day the stock market crashed when the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 508 points more

Health, Safety & Environmental

According to Chris Commander, director of engineering at Howard Energy Partners, tasks required of project managers in the 21st century differ vastly from the profession’s requirements 20 years ago. more

Plant Management & Operations

Now under construction, ExxonMobil’s current project, a plastics manufacturing facility located in the burgeoning Corpus Christi, Texas, vicinity of the Gulf Coast, is already stacking up some very attractive numbers for the petrochemical industry. more

Engineering, Procurement & Construction

All one has to do to understand the threat of terrorism is very real -- particularly chemical terrorism -- is "watch the news." more

Plant Management & Operations

Beyond a workplace philosophy or system of executing business strategy, operational excellence delivers tangible results that benefit all levels of leadership. more

Training & Human Resources

According to Randy Pound, global manufacturing director of maintenance and reliability for Olin Corp., there are two types of maintenance cultures: reactive and proactive. more

Maintenance & Reliability

The skills and jobs gaps currently impacting the manufacturing and refining industries are merely a symptom of a greater problem. more

Plant Management & Operations

Among the standards and regulations set for industry by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), risk and technology reviews may be among the most challenging. more

Health, Safety & Environmental

It's not a once-in-a-while endeavor, nor something plant managers engage in before an audit. more

Health, Safety & Environmental

While the chemical and petrochemical industries have done "a phenomenal job" in personnel safety, Ehrlich said more attention needs to be paid to process safety and activities. more

Health, Safety & Environmental

Though well-intentioned and often lifesaving, adhering to and enforcing safety rules can be burdensome. It takes extra time and effort, and frequently slows down production. Workers -- and sometimes managers -- may think they can do their jobs... more

Health, Safety & Environmental

Everything is bigger in Texas, and Dow Chemical's $6 billion expansion project -- the world's largest ethylene cracker facility -- is proof. more

Downstream

Procurement, essentially, is defined by two concepts, Runfola said. "We have to save money, but we also have stakeholders and customers that depend on us to deliver," she explained... more

Engineering, Procurement & Construction

Given the reality of a workforce increasingly aging out of and retiring from the petrochemical and related industries, owners and other stakeholders are tasked with preserving "tribal knowledge" for those taking these departing employees' places. more

Training & Human Resources

The “key message” of implementing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) technology is “to lead the energy industry in reliable and effective ways... more

Maintenance & Reliability

According to George Williamson, Manager of Upstream Engineering for BP, said employing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and robotics technology as inspection tools provides “a huge financial value” more

Health, Safety & Environmental

Michael Smith, chairman, CEO and founder of Freeport LNG, does not mince words when it comes to the importance of natural gas to the global marketplace. more

Natural Gas

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