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Dow to construct new ethylene production plant in Texas

April 19, 2012

MIDLAND, Mich. — The Dow Chemical Company today announced that it will construct a new world-scale ethylene production plant at Dow Texas Operations in Freeport, Texas, as part of the company’s previously announced comprehensive plan to further connect its U.S. operations with cost-advantaged feedstocks available from increasing supplies of U.S. shale gas.

The new ethylene production facility at Dow Texas Operations will employ up to 2,000 workers at its construction peak.

Over the next five to seven years, Dow estimates that this project, together with all other planned projects announced as part of the company''s comprehensive U.S. investment plan, will employ up to 4,800 workers during peak construction and support over 35,000 jobs in the broader U.S. economy.

"For the first time in over a decade, U.S. natural gas prices are affordable and relatively stable, attracting new industry investments and growth and putting us on the threshold of an American manufacturing resurgence," said Andrew N. Liveris, Dow chairman and CEO. "Dow is proud to have been among the first manufacturing companies to declare a comprehensive plan to take advantage of these favorable market dynamics, further enhancing our footprint in the Americas and the profitability of our global businesses while supporting economic revitalization in the communities in which we operate. Constructing this new ethylene cracker at Dow Texas Operations will create a long-term advantage for our downstream businesses and for our Company as a whole, and the benefits will accrue not only to Dow but to the state and national economy."

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