St. Charles Operations
Dow’s St. Charles Operations (SCO) consists of a 2,000-acre petrochemical manufacturing complex in Hahnville, just upriver from New Orleans. 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 1000 Dow employees and 1500 contractors 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.
Meet our Site Leader
Johnny Chavez Jr. is the St. Charles Operations Site Leader. He assumed the role in April 2014.
Chavez joined Dow in Freeport Texas in 1988 as a research engineer in the Polyurethanes Process R&D department. In 1990 he moved into manufacturing where he spent the next 12 years in a number of different roles and sites. In 2002 he was named Director of Engineering for the Gulf Coast Region and then in 2004 he took on the role of Director of Engineering for Europe, Middle East and Africa. He returned to Freeport, Texas in 2006 as the Global Business Manufacturing Director for Specialty Plastics. In 2010 he was named Global Business Manufacturing Director for the Epoxy Business. In April 2012, he became Responsible Care Leader and Associate Site Director for Texas Operations.
Chavez holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in chemical engineering from New Mexico State University, U.S.A. He is a registered professional engineer and a certified six sigma black belt.