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The Impact of Surging Petrochemical Volume on Intermodal Capacity

Thanks to the recent shale drilling boom, natural gas prices remain low, benefiting the U.S. chemicals industry with all-time low feedstock prices. This has reversed the fortunes of manufacturing in a way few have ever imagined, and at a high-speed pace. The U.S. has become globally competitive, seemingly overnight, shifting the plastics industry to export, where finished goods are produced. Long term, U.S. manufacturing regains a competitive advantage by sourcing its own plastic locally, and more cost effectively, rather than importing.

Chemical companies, labor providers, ports, local and state municipalities, and transportation companies all face massive challenges to ensure that an unprecedented rise in new plastics production can be produced, then be transported and exported overseas in a cost effective and timely manner.

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