Processing Magazine

Aither Chemicals to build $300 million cracker in West Virginia

March 21, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — South Charleston-based Aither Chemicals is expected to announce plans Wednesday to build a $300 million ethane catalytic "cracker" plant that would employ up to 200 workers, The Charleston Gazette reported.

Aither plans to partner with Bayer CropScience and MarkWest Energy on the cracker project, the article stated.

The petrochemical facility would convert ethane from the Marcellus Shale into ethylene, which is used to make plastics.