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Dow’s UCAR Emulsion Systems to Cease Production at Somerset Site

Published on 2004-05-10. Author : SpecialChem

May 7 - -Cary, NC - UCAR Emulsion Systems (UES), a global business of The Dow Chemical Company, today announced that Union Carbide Corporation will cease manufacturing operations for UES at Union Carbide's Somerset, NJ facility. In a related decision, Union Carbide has announced plans that it will shut down this site.

Productivity improvements achieved during the last two years permit this action. UES recently announced an overall plan to upgrade North American UES manufacturing facilities through a series of investments and site closures. Production at Somerset is scheduled to cease during the second quarter and it is anticipated that customers will experience no disruption in service.

The Somerset facility manufactures latex for use in paints, coatings, adhesives and sealants and employs approximately 28 people. All employees will have the opportunity to seek other positions within Dow.

"By strategically improving its manufacturing base, UES will become stronger and more customer focused," said Thayne Hansen, global business director for UES. "We appreciate the long-term contribution of the employees in Somerset and the relationship with the community, and every possible option was evaluated to upgrade or to invest in other assets for the site. Ultimately, though, there was no economically feasible way to reinvest in the Somerset facility."

The UCAR Emulsion Systems business manufactures and markets emulsions for architectural and industrial coatings as well as for building products, textiles, traffic paint and adhesives. UCAR™ and NeoCAR™ latexes, and UCAR POLYPHOBE™ rheology modifiers can be formulated into a wide variety of products to enhance performance properties. UES operates at 13 production facilities globally, including five operating in North America.

Dow is a leader in science and technology, providing innovative chemical, plastic and agricultural products and services to many essential consumer markets. With annual sales of $33 billion, Dow serves customers in more than 180 countries and a wide range of markets that are vital to human progress, including food, transportation, health and medicine, personal and home care, and building and construction, among others. Committed to the principles of sustainable development, Dow and its approximately 46,000 employees seek to balance economic, environmental and social responsibilities. Union Carbide Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted.

Source: The Dow Chemical Co.


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