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Economic effects of back-to-back hurricanes range far from Texas and Florida

Economic effects of back-to-back hurricanes range far from Texas and Florida

Once Mick Arnold absorbed the depths of the devastation from Hurricane Harvey last month, his thoughts turned to plastic.

Specifically, he worried about supplies of polyethylene, a common plastic used to make plastic wrap, trash bags and those air-filled pockets used to protect products shipped in boxes. Much of it is produced in Houston — and it’s a key component of packaging materials made by his company, Baltimore-based Arnold Packaging.

“Americans don’t always think about where their products come from and how it gets to them,” said Arnold, the company’s president. “Companies can make all the products in the world, but if they can’t package it and distribute it, it doesn’t...

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