New Plastics-to-Fuels Plant Coming to Indiana in 2020

New Plastics-to-Fuels Plant Coming to Indiana in 2020

In 2020, Ashley, Indiana will be the home of a new 112,000-square-foot plant to convert plastics into fuel.

The facility is being built by Brightmark Energy out of California.  The plant will convert 100,000 tons of plastics into 18 million gallons of fuel for BP.

Besides contributing to the environment, 136 full-time jobs will be created once the plant becomes operational.


Video Spotlight: Plastics 101 | National Geographic


This post is based on the Inside Indiana Business article, Construction to begin on Plastics-to-Fuel Plant, by Alex Brown, May 22, 2019; and the YouTube video, Plastics 101, by National Geographic, May 18, 2018. Image source: Ingram Publishing/SuperStock

Discussion Questions:

1. Why is Brightmark building a facility to convert plastics to fuel? What are the environmental benefits?

Guidance: Converting plastics waste into fuel makes economic sense for Brightmark. A buyer is already secured for the fuel. A key environmental benefit is the diversion of plastic from landfills and oceans.

2. What facility location factors influenced Brightmark’s decision to build a facility in Ashley, Indiana?

Guidance: Government incentives include $1 million in tax credits and training grants. Ashley has labor availability, and proximity to a source of plastic waste.

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Dressed for Success in the Gaming World

Dressed for Success in the Gaming World

Two young female graduates from the Parsons School of Design went where no other sports apparel company had gone before: the world of esports.

Their attention to detail from design to promotion of the finished product gained them the respect of top gamers, thereby giving them great visibility in a market that was rather obscure until recently. Already established as the leader in esports apparel, their company, Ateyo, is poised to grow with the industry.


Video Spotlight: Watch Ateyo’s co-founders describe their products


This post is based on the Forbes article, Building the Nike of Esports: Meet the Female Founders Who Mastered the Art of Apparel Manufacturing, by C. Feiger, April 23, 2019; and the YouTube video, Ateyo’s Co-Founders!, by Ateyo, April 17, 2018. Image source: Shutterstock / Gorodenkoff

Discussion Questions:

1. How did Ateyo become a leader within esports? What are the order winners and qualifiers in its operations strategy?

Guidance: Ateyo was the first company to enter the market. As first mover, the company quickly established brand recognition and loyalty before major competitors entered the market. The order winners are 1) quality (high performance in terms of design tailored to gamers, fabric, Continue reading

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