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Ohio Pioneers the Creation of a New 21st Century Industry
Date:2/12/2008

Ohio task force aims to build business through conversion of agricultural

products into advanced materials

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Ohio legislature has approved the creation of a task force aimed at accelerating the state business climate by maximizing ties between its No. 1 industry, agriculture, and its role as the nation's No. 1 polymer industry.

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The state will appoint the 13 members of the Ohio Agriculture to Chemicals, Polymers, and Advanced Materials Task Force as early as Feb. 14, the effective date of the legislation approving the initiative. The approval of House Bill 233 is the latest example of the state's support of its burgeoning polymer and advanced materials industry, which boasts more than 2,800 businesses statewide.

"Ohio has the supply chain to make this one-time dream tomorrow's reality," said Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, who also serves as the director of the Ohio Department of Development. "The Task Force can only strengthen existing synergies in polymer industry uses of agricultural products, and will help define a path to streamline future collaboration converting crops from Ohio fields into brand-new commodities produced in Ohio factories."

According to the Ohio Business Development Coalition (OBDC), the nonprofit organization that markets the state for capital investment, an official Ohio task force is the most effective way to build on the state's existing strengths in several key industries, identify opportunities for cross- collaboration among those industries and drive innovation.

"Biofuels, biopolymers, and other bioproducts are a growing sector, but we've just been scratching the surface with what we can do," added Robert Boggs, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. "Now is the time to se
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