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Dow to Close Two Vinyl Chloride Monomer Production Units in 2011

Published on 2011-02-04. Author : SpecialChem

Midland, MI -- The Dow Chemical Company announced that it would close two vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) production units in 2011. Dow will shut down a production unit in Oyster Creek, Texas in First Quarter 2011. The closure of a second VCM unit, located in Plaquemine, Louisiana was announced in 2009. The Louisiana plant will cease operations in Third Quarter 2011.

"This is a continuation of the decisive actions taken by Dow to right-size our core chemicals manufacturing footprint and shift our basic feedstocks toward performance derivative businesses," said Carlo Guarino, global business director for Dow Chlor-Vinyl.

VCM is an essential material used for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) applications including building & construction materials, like siding and high-energy efficiency windows, high-durability furnishings and carpeting, municipal and residential water piping systems and medical supplies, such as blood bags and intravenous tubing.

About Dow

Dow combines the power of science and technology with the "Human Element" to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses deliver a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2010, Dow had annual sales of $53.7 billion and employed approximately 50,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 188 sites in 35 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted.

Source: Dow

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