Dow came to Louisiana in 1956, drawn by the state’s abundant natural resources, excellent transportation network, deep water port, easy access to the Mississippi River, dedicated workforce and available land.
With the purchase of four plantations in Iberville and West Baton Rouge parishes, Dow established Louisiana Operations - its first site in the state.
Today, the 1,500-acre integrated manufacturing facility near Plaquemine and brine operations in Grand Bayou comprise one of Louisiana’s largest petrochemical facilities. With more than 3,000 employees and contract employees, Louisiana Operations is the largest employer in Iberville and West Baton Rouge parishes and plays an active role in the surrounding communities.
Home to most of Dow’s global businesses, Louisiana Operations has 23 production units manufacturing more than 50 different intermediate and specialty chemical products, such as chlorine and polyethylene, that are used to produce cosmetics, detergents, solvents, pharmaceuticals, adhesives, plastics for a variety of packaging, automotive parts, electronics components, and more.
With an industrial park design, Louisiana Operations has co-located companies within the site’s borders. It offers convenient transportation options, including marine, rail, truck and pipeline. In addition, Louisiana Operations has tremendous power and steam capacity along with the ability to treat its own waste.
Meet our Site Leader
Eduardo do Val is Site Leader of The Dow Chemical Company’s Louisiana Operations, one of the largest petrochemical facilities in the state with more than 3,000 employees and contract employees.
Eduardo began his career at Dow in 1985 at Aratu Site in Brazil and has held a variety of manufacturing and business roles around the world.
Eduardo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and Masters in Administration from the Universidade Federal da Bahia- Brazil.