The H Hotel

  • Dow is committed to the continued collaboration with the City of Midland to invest in making downtown Midland a great destination – enabling Dow and the community to compete for business and talent and providing valuable amenities for existing residents.
  • The H Hotel is a great example of this collaboration and has become the home of the H.H. Dow Learning Academy, which helps prepare Dow’s future leaders.
  • Dow’s strategy includes expanding into emerging geographies and the Company wanted a learning center located in Midland, Michigan, its global headquarters, so its leaders from around the world could receive a deep and enriching learning experience to help advance the Company’s strategy, corporate values and culture.
  • With a strategic intention to remain headquartered in Midland, significant focus and attention was put – not only into our H.H. Dow Learning Center – but also into ensuring the hotel and restaurant facility remodels better served the needs of the Midland community, enhanced the attraction and retention of a competitive workforce, and created an attractive and appropriate space for customers and others visiting Dow.
  • The H Hotel renovation project was overseen by David Kepler, retired Dow Executive Vice President who was responsible for the renovation, budget and the ultimate design.
  • The initial capital authorization for the project was set on an indicative estimate before the renovation began.
  • As the project progressed and architectural design and construction plans took shape, structural challenges and changes to the building’s footprint resulted in an increase to the project expense.
  • As a result of a routine internal audit, questions were raised regarding the increased budget to complete the H Hotel renovation project.
  • In 2009, a memorandum was provided to the Dow Audit Committee by a respected third-party advisor confirming that the renovation of the H Hotel was done in accordance with business conduct codes.
  • In early September, 2015, David Kepler shared his thoughts and opinions on this matter in an editorial published in the Midland Daily News.