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February 25, 2014
LONGVIEW, Cowlitz County — Low natural gas prices are causing a boom in methanol manufacturing nationwide, and the Lower Columbia region should be quick to seize on the skilled jobs and tax revenue that the clean industry will bring.
That's the message from officials on the Gulf Coast, which is the center of the boom and has a long history with methanol production. Residents here should be thrilled that a Chinese company wants to build two $1.8 billion methanol plants in Kalama and Clatskanie, they say.
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