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Grand opening, groundbreaking for Dow buildings

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Global Dow Center (Source: Dow Chemical) Global Dow Center (Source: Dow Chemical)
Innovation Center (Source: Dow Chemical) Innovation Center (Source: Dow Chemical)

Dow Chemical is celebrating the grand opening of its new headquarters in Midland as it breaks ground on an expansion.

The new headquarters, called the Global Dow Center, is a six-story building that will have space for about 470 employees and contractors.

The building took two years to complete, with more than 20 percent of the building materials coming from recycled sources.

It is part of a multi-year initiative to prepare Dow's historic corporate campus in Midland for growth and innovation.

"As I stand here today I could not be more excited about what our future holds," Dow Chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris said.

Matthew Felan, president and CEO of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance, said Dow's decision to grow and expand in Mid-Michigan sends a clear message the area is a great place for business.

"Bring your company here. You're going to have great opportunities. As Dow has thrived for 123 years. What a message for another company to come here and thrive as well," Felan said,

Take a video tour of the Global Dow Center by clicking here.

In the meantime, shovels are digging in on the new Innovation Center that will be built on the heritage Dow Corning campus in Bay County.

Construction is slated to start soon on the $100 million building that is expected to house about 200 research and development employees.

"Take amazing people with an amazing chemistry tool kit that Dow provides, put that together and create an engine room of creativity. This Innovation Center is to do just that," Dow Chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris said.

The building will feature a variety laboratory, office and collaborative work spaces.

Howard Ungerleider, vice chairman and chief financial officer, said 100 of the jobs will be brand new and 100 will be relocated from across the country.

He said this is the latest step in Dow's path to strengthening its roots in the place where it all began.

"It is absolutely a reaffirmation of our commitment to the city of Midland as well as the Great Lakes Bay Region," Ungerleider said.

See an animation of the Innovation Center by clicking here.

“We’re standing on the shoulders of the giants that preceded us, as we build our future and transition into the next era of growth for this iconic company,” Liveris said. “We chose to locate these world-class facilities right here in Midland, in this state of Michigan that Dow has been proud to call home for 120 years, because we have full confidence in the economy of this country to create long-term growth and market opportunities.”

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