Plastics & Chemicals
Plastics and chemicals represent a major industry for the United States. In 2012, the U.S. plastics industry employed 892,000 workers at 15,949 facilities and invested $9.6 billion in new capital equipment – an increase of nearly $1 billion over 2011. Currently, chemicals rank second in Nebraska’s manufacturing sectors. Nebraska produces more than $1.3 billion in output from chemicals such as fertilizer, pesticides, and pharmaceuticals, while the Scottsbluff – Gering Region Shed shows a proportional intensification of the industry. Likewise, plastics make up a large part of the region’s manufacturing sector.