Dow’s St. Charles Operations (SCO) consists of a 2,000-acre petrochemical manufacturing complex in Hahnville, just upriver from New Orleans, and a 40-acre site in Norco. SCO is owned by Union Carbide Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, and began operations in 1966.

We now have more than 900 employees and contract employees at SCO.  The site has been an OSHA Star Site for over 20 years with an exemplary safety record and an employee injury rate that is one of the lowest in the country.

With an industrial park design, SCO has companies co-located on site.  It offers numerous transportation options and a new state-of-the-art truck staging area. Electricity and steam are generated on site. There is available capacity of both. The site has three water treatment plants.

Products made at SCO end up in thousands of household, business and consumer products that improve everyday life, including plastics, insecticides, films and fabrics, antifreeze, jet fuel, brake fluid, paints and adhesives, textiles, lubricants, pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, personal care products, toothpaste, shampoos, soaps, cleaning agents, detergents, fabric softeners, animal feed supplements and more.

Fast Facts on St. Charles Operations

Meet Our Site Leader

Laura Ambrose
SCO Site Leader

Laura Ambrose is the Site Leader for St. Charles Operations in Louisiana. She is responsible for all operations of Dow's St. Charles facility including manufacturing, EH&S, site maintenance and site infrastructure.

Ambrose began her Dow career in Pittsburg, California in 1983. Between then and 2002 she progressed through a variety of roles in production, supply chain, environmental operations, and engineering, in California, Michigan, Texas and The Netherlands. In June 2002 she assumed the role of Resource leader and business partner for Global Process Engineering and Process Automation, for Europe. She relocated to Freeport, Texas, in 2004 as Global Business Manufacturing leader for Polyols, Polyglycols & Surfactants. In 2008, she became the Responsible Care Leader for Texas Operations.

Ambrose holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University.