Philadelphia is the home for Dow’s Advanced Materials Division, which is the umbrella for some of the company’s most important high-growth specialty businesses. Five businesses make up the division – Coatings, Building and Construction, Paper and Textiles, Specialty Packaging and Films, Designed Polymers and Separations Technologies, and Electronic Materials – that serves the fastest-growing end markets such as water, electronics, food, pharmaceuticals, health care, paints and more.
Nearly 500 employees work in the office building on historical Independence Mall, and the division employs thousands of people worldwide. The strength of the division is due to its broad geographic reach with customers in more than 130 countries and 110 manufacturing sites and 40 R&D locations; access to significant technology resources, and a unique customer-centric, collaborative business model.
Philadelphia is also home to a former manufacturing site located in the Bridesburg section of the city, which was closed in 2010. The plant was the oldest continuously operating chemical plant and one of the first in the country, dating back to 1847. In 1920, Rohm and Haas purchased the manufacturing facility from Charles Lenning and Company and began producing ion exchange resins in the 1940s.
Activity on the Bridesburg site continues as ongoing remediation efforts are underway to restore it for future use.