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Dow Chemical to Close 20 Plants and Cut 2,400 Jobs as Economy Slows
Industry Week ^ | 10/23/2102 | Agence France-Presse

Posted on 10/24/2012 8:14:29 AM PDT by SC_Pete

Dow Chemical (IW 500/22) said Tuesday it planned to cut 5% of its global workforce, or 2,400 people, and shut 20 plants in an effort to slash costs as the global economy slows.

Dow said it aimed to generate $500 million in savings on annual operating costs from the cuts by the end of 2014.

The company will also cut capital investment on programs it no longer sees as priorities, for another $50 million in savings, it said.

Two U.S. Plants will Close

The shuttered facilities will include plants in Tessenderlo, Belgium; Delfzijl, the Netherlands; Ribaforada, Spain; Birch Vale, UK; Kina Ura, Japan; and in the United States, in Midland, Mich., and Solon, Ohio.

"The reality is we are operating in a slow-growth environment in the near term," said CEO Andrew Liveris.

"While these actions are difficult, they demonstrate our resolve to tightly manage operations -- particularly in Europe -- and mitigate the impact of current market dynamics."

Liveris said the company will continue funding projects where it can make a strong market stand and grow margins despite the difficult macroeconomic environment, pointing to its Dow AgroSciences and Dow Electronic Materials divisions as well as its Sadara joint venture in Saudi Arabia and investments on the U.S. Gulf of Mexico coast.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2012

TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: dowchemical; economy; employment; manufacturing; michigan; ohio; plantclosings
Closing plants and losing jobs in Ohio and Michigan can't be good news for the Obama Campaign.
1 posted on 10/24/2012 8:14:37 AM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: SC_Pete

New ad for Romney

2 posted on 10/24/2012 8:20:33 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ((God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.))
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To: SC_Pete

Isn’t that announcement supposed to come safely after the Nov election?

WH/Obama tried hard to tell companies to delay lay off announcements?

3 posted on 10/24/2012 8:24:16 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: SC_Pete

Or good news for our fellow Americans. It makes me sick that these kind of stories just keep happening. Real families hurting. Hard working people just tossed aside thanks to failed policies.

4 posted on 10/25/2012 6:57:15 AM PDT by snarkytart
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To: snarkytart

A Marxist wants the disparity between rich and poor to grow so that the government can takeover industry to foster “social justice.” The destruction of the middle class is a deliberate strategy to bring about the “classless society”. We all know how that worked out with Stalin, Mao, PolPot, Castro and now Chavez. Chavez says he would vote for Obama if he could. So would Mao and Fidel. They would understand what Obama is up to.

5 posted on 10/25/2012 7:25:45 AM PDT by SC_Pete
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Romney is right.

Outsourcing is destroying America.

Bring jobs back.

6 posted on 10/25/2012 7:29:16 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (America doesn't need any new laws. America needs freedom!)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

America is on the comeback, but it is happening despite Obama and his LEFTIST, JOB-CRUSHING EPA:—Cracker-plant-still-possible.html?nav=5054

7 posted on 10/25/2012 7:38:53 AM PDT by SC_Pete
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