Building an Empire
In the 1940s, Alfred P. (Dutch) Beutel, second in command at Dow and the first leader of Dow’s Texas Division, led the way for the identification and growth of Dow’s Texas Gulf Coast operations. Famous for getting things done, Beutel helped shape Dow’s Freeport site into the largest chemical manufacturing site in the world in just 21 years. His legacy also includes championing the selection of Freeport as a Dow location and building the community of Lake Jackson.
In 21 years under Dutch Beutel’s direction, Dow’s Freeport site went from 800 acres of bare land to more than 3,000 acres and numerous plants.
Photo courtesy of Dow Texas Operations historical collection.