Celebrating Two Milestones in Michigan
Grand Opening of Global Dow Center and Innovation Center Groundbreaking
On Monday, July 31, 2017, Dow employees and contractors, community members and dignitaries celebrated two exciting milestones in the future of the Company – the grand opening of the new Global Dow Center in Midland, Michigan, and the groundbreaking of the new Innovation Center in nearby Auburn, Michigan.
The momentous day began with a Dow World News broadcast live from the lobby of the Global Dow Center and hosted by Andrew Liveris, DowDuPont™ executive chairman, and chairman and CEO of Dow. The headquarters grand opening celebration came next, with a ceremonial ribbon cutting and a dedication of the Stoesser Center (formerly the Employee Development Center) in honor of Dr. Sylvia Stoesser, the Company’s first female research scientist.
“We’re standing on the shoulders of the giants that preceded us, as we build our future and transition into the next era of growth for this iconic company,” said Liveris.
State-of-the-Art New Global Headquarters
The Global Dow Center is the cornerstone of a multi-year initiative to prepare the Willard H. Dow Center, Dow’s historic corporate campus in Midland, for the Company’s next era of growth and innovation.
The 184,000 square-foot, six-story building has been designed to become LEED1 certified after its entry into service, and will include space for approximately 470 employees and contractors. The building features Dow’s technology-enabled building materials and puts the principles of circular economy thinking into practice, with more than 20 percent of the building materials from recycled sources.
Innovation Center to Be Built on the Heritage Dow Corning Corporate Campus
On the same day as the grand opening for the new Global Dow Center, Dow celebrated the Innovation Center ceremonial groundbreaking on the heritage Dow Corning headquarters campus. Construction will start soon and will add to Dow’s existing Michigan-based innovation capabilities.
The $100 million Innovation Center is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. About 200 Dow employees will be working and collaborating in the 100,000-squarefoot facility – developing new technologies and products for a variety of key markets, such as home care, personal care, transportation, infrastructure and packaging.
1 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), is the most popular environmental rating and certification system used worldwide. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), it includes a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of buildings in an environmentally responsible and use resource-efficient way.