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From Site Selection magazine, March 2010

Energy Squared


Leading categories define the power to produce.


uel, power and health were the driving forces behind top industrial categories for corporate facility investment in 2009.

With large investments in petrochemical and vaccine sub-sectors, the chemicals/pharmaceutical sector led all categories in sheer totals of new plants and expansions, followed by food processing. All of which should mean a well-fed industrial development landscape and a fortified populace to occupy it.

The category encompasses such diverse products as fertilizer, paint, polymers, resins, industrial gases, lawn care products and biofuels. But its largest sub-category by far is pharmaceuticals, including a number of vaccine plants.

After the U.S., leaders in inward investment in this category include China, Canada and India. Among corporations, DuPont led the way in 2009, including solo and joint venture projects in North Carolina, Texas, the Czech Republic, United Kingdom, China and Thailand. Bayer and BASF followed next, with projects in such territories as Pennsylvania, Missouri, Ohio, Germany, Poland, Qatar, India and China.

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