The majority of people might not give much thought to the origin of the many everyday items in their homes and businesses. Further, they probably aren’t aware of the connection between the plastic Tupperware in their kitchens and the fertilizer used in their gardens. Members of the Ohio Manufacturers Association, however, are acutely aware of the processes by which most of our household items and workplace products come to be and the vital components used in their production.

For over 100 years, the Ohio Manufacturers Association has worked to help manufacturers maintain a competitive edge by utilizing the latest innovative technologies. The thousands of manufacturing facilities in Ohio are each unique in design, operation and technique. However, these diverse operations share the need for affordable and reliable energy, particularly in the form of natural gas.

Unfortunately, Ohio’s distance from modern and dependable energy pipeline infrastructure has prevented its industries from fully taking advantage of this clean, cheap and consistent energy source. The Rover Pipeline stands to fill this pressing need.

Rover is a $4.2 billion natural gas pipeline that will enrich the local and state economies through which it passes and generate over 10,000 jobs along the way. Once completed, the 710-mile Rover Pipeline will join the nearly 2.6 million miles of pipeline already in existence to safely transport over 3.25 billion cubic feet of domestically produced natural gas every day to regional markets in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. The project will supply Ohio homes, businesses, and especially manufacturers with access to a much-needed natural gas energy source.

Over 75% of the pipeline’s materials will be manufactured here in the United States. This economic windfall will directly benefit the companies that produce the pipes, fittings, and many other components that factor into the Rover Pipeline. Further, these organizations manufacture their products to the highest quality standards, ensuring that the pipeline will operate safely.

As the 8th largest consumer of natural gas in the United States, Ohio and its many manufacturing plants stand to benefit immensely from the operation of this pipeline. The manufacturing industry is incredibly energy-intensive; in 2015, roughly 12% of total natural gas consumption went to commercial buildings, while about 17% went for residential uses. In contrast, over 27% was used for industrial purposes.

Manufacturing facilities use natural gas as a heat source to make materials such as cement, bricks, paper, tiles, glass, steel, and a variety of other products. Industrial facilities requiring an incinerator also use natural gas to power this energy-intensive device.

Ryan Augsburger is Vice President and Managing Director of Public Policy Services for the Ohio Manufacturers Association.

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