A state-of-the-art resin packaging and distribution center is heading toward start-up this May in the heart of the world's major polyolefins production region. Ryan-Walsh, a member of the Vectura Group Inc., is building the two-line facility near the Port of Houston's container terminal at La Porte, Tex. This is the largest container port on the U.S. Gulf Coast. The custom-designed facility will unload polyethylene or polypropylene from railroad hopper cars at either an automated valve-bag packaging line or a fully integrated form, fill and seal packaging line (see drawing). Valve bags have paper or plastic va...

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