Dow Honored by U.S. Chamber Foundation for Community Investment in Brazosport, Texas
“When Dow invests in a community, we go all in. We build facilities, we create jobs, we support education, and we aim to address the community’s greatest needs,” said Rob Vallentine, director of North America site public affairs and president of The Dow Chemical Company Foundation. “This honor is a testament to our focus year-round on supporting sustainable communities in Texas and around the world.”
Dow has a long and prosperous history in Texas. Aside from the birthplace of Dow in Midland, Michigan, Texas was Dow’s first major investment as a company. When operations began nearly 80 years ago in Freeport, it set Dow on a path of growth and diversification that has charted the course for the company and community’s future.
“We have all heard the saying ‘Everything is Bigger in Texas’ but we are proud to say that Dow’s Texas Operations site in Brazoria County is truly getting bigger. Since 2012, the site has added five world-scale manufacturing facilities, creating thousands of construction jobs and hundreds of permanent jobs locally,” said Rich Wells, vice president of operations for the U.S. Gulf Coast and site director for Texas Operations. “And this has an important multiplier effect...for every job created in the petrochemical industry, an estimated six to eight additional jobs are created in the community.”
Today, the Freeport site is Dow’s largest integrated chemical manufacturing site in the world. Its more than 40 manufacturing plants work together to produce 44 percent of Dow’s products sold in the U.S., and approximately 21 percent of products sold globally.
Approximately 7,000 people work at Dow’s site in Freeport, Texas, with 50% of employees living in the towns of Lake Jackson, Freeport, and Clute, which make up the Brazosport region. Dow and its employees take an active role in the Brazosport community, which in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey is even more critical today. More than $1 million annually is invested in STEM education initiatives and local nonprofit organizations such as United Way and Habitat for Humanity, in addition to the time and talents of DowCorps volunteers.
“By investing in both jobs and the community, Dow is an active member of the communities where they operate,” said Marc DeCourcey, senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center. “Their work is helping ensure the long-term success of the people of the Brazosport region.”