The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) today dedicated its new
Business Services Center buildings and campus, located on Patrick Road
in Midland adjacent to Dow’s corporate headquarters. The 205,000
square-foot Center will accommodate 1250 Dow and Tata Consultancy
Services (TCS) employees.
Dow Chairman and CEO Andrew N. Liveris, members of Dow’s executive
leadership team, community and state leaders and more than 300 guests
came together to honor the former Dow leaders for whom the buildings
were dedicated to. Following the dedication ceremony, those in
attendance also had an opportunity to tour the facilities to get a
closer look at the Dow/TCS alliance and an overview of Dow products used
in the construction of the buildings.
Branch, Barnes and Gerstacker Remembered
Dow has a tradition of recognizing its leaders through building
dedications, including the Barstow Building (2020), Bennett Building
(2030), and Strosacker Building (2040) at its Midland Corporate
Headquarters. Dow’s Corporate Center is named after Willard H. Dow and
the Company’s Research and Development campus in Midland is dedicated
to Ted Doan. Both men are former Dow Presidents.
The new Center was dedicated to three past Dow executives who
exemplified what the project represents: innovation, integrity and
- The campus area is now known as the Ben Branch Campus. Charles
“Ben” Branch served as president and CEO 1971 – 1976, and boldly led
the company to expand in overseas markets.
- The North Building has become the Earle B. Barnes Building.
Earle served as Dow chairman of the board of directors 1979 –1982, and
helped set the stage for Dow’s growth as a specialty products provider.
- The South Building is now the Carl A. Gerstacker Building. Carl
was Dow’s chairman of the board of directors 1960 – 1976, and provided
distinguished leadership during a time of major international growth.
Painting a Bright Future for the Great Lakes Bay Region
“Former Dow leaders Ben Branch, Earle Barnes and Carl Gerstacker
embodied the vision, innovation and leadership the Business Services
Center and its campus represents, and we are honored to pay tribute to
these men today,” said Liveris. “Just as each of them served as a model
for doing business differently and doing it better, this Center
provides the industry-leading services and resource flexibility that
will take our Company to the next level of world-class customer
The Business Services Center is part of a global network of service
centers that provide activities in a variety of areas such as
Purchasing, Finance, Supply Chain, Customer Service, EH&S,
Information Technology, and others.
“This facility represents Dow’s commitment to make the Great Lakes
Bay Region a leader in the state’s economic revival,” said David E.
Kepler, Executive Vice President, Business Services, Chief
Sustainability Officer, Chief Information Officer. “The new campus
was built with sustainability in mind, reflecting state-of-the-art
design and construction techniques to reduce energy consumption and
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 delivers 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. More
information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.