Nathan Lord named president of Shale Crescent USA organization


MARIETTA — Nathan Lord has been named president of Shale Crescent USA, officials have annnounced.

“Nathan has been with the organization for the past four years, providing leadership in building strategic partnerships, in promoting the region’s economic advantages, in outreach marketing and in supporting the executive committee on a number of important initiatives,” said Mark Schwendeman, chairman of Shale Crescent USA.

A native of Marietta, Lord will oversee the operations of Shale Crescent USA and will continue to encourage business development with the goal to strengthen local communities by attracting new investments that result in good-paying jobs, enhanced infrastructures and improved quality-of-life for residents.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as president of Shale Crescent USA,” said Lord. “The organization is poised to take advantage of our global business assets that are creating a once in a lifetime opportunity to attract new industry and good-paying jobs to the region. I am particularly grateful and appreciative to have the opportunity to learn under the tutelage of two knowledgeable, highly respected and innovative business leaders in co-founders Jerry James, president of Artex Oil, and Wally Kandel, senior vice president, and Marietta site manager, for Solvay Specialty Chemicals USA.

The nonprofit organization markets the region based upon the abundance of low-cost natural gas and NGLs from the Marcellus and Utica shale plays that allow high-energy intensive manufacturers to operate more efficiently while producing products more economically with access to 70 percent of U.S. polyethylene and 77 percent of U.S. polypropylene demand. It is run by a board of directors consisting of 30 business and civic leaders from throughout Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.


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