Manufacturing Leadership Council Honors Holicki & Three Other Dow Innovations
MIDLAND, Mich. - June 14, 2018 - One visionary executive and three revolutionary The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) innovations have earned Manufacturing Leadership Awards from Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council (MLC).
The Manufacturing Leadership Awards honor manufacturing companies and individual manufacturing leaders that are shaping the future of global manufacturing.
Dow’s Peter Holicki, senior vice president, Operations, Manufacturing & Engineering, and Environment, Health & Safety Operations was recognized with the Visionary Leadership Award in recognition of his substantial leadership in the chemical industry. Additionally, the Council bestowed upon Holicki the prestigious Manufacturing Leader of the Year Award.
Holicki is a member of Dow’s executive leadership team and has served the Company for 31 years. His leadership played a critical role in Dow expanding its U.S. manufacturing base with a $6 billion dollar investment in the U.S. Gulf Coast and completing a $20 billion joint venture with Saudi Aramco. In 2017, a majority of these units came online and are delivering products to Dow customers around the world. This expansion sets the basis for Future Dow’s competitive advantage for the next generation.
Holicki joined Dow in 1987 in Stade, Germany. Throughout his career, safety and people have always been number one and his actions validate that in Dow Operations, it is “Safety First”. He currently serves on the board of Sadara Chemical Company and is the executive sponsor of Dow’s Disability Employee Network.
The Council also recognized Dow for three significant projects in 2017. Dow’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and Robotic Platform Initiative received the Operational Excellence Leadership Award. Since 2011, Dow has deployed the latest mobile and remote-operated technology into manufacturing facilities for inspection, maintenance, and process support activities. Using drones, robots, and similar devices for these tasks makes them safer, more effective, and more affordable. Dow was the first chemical and materials science company to obtain a permit from the Federal Aviation Administration for using small airborne devices in and around manufacturing facilities.
Dow’s Clean Energy Project, which brings renewable electricity to Dow’s manufacturing facilities, received the Sustainability Leadership Award and was awarded the High Achiever Award in this category. Dow has become a leading industrial user of clean energy by developing projects to acquire more than 400 megawatts of wind power for its Texas manufacturing sites, enough to power more than 50,000 homes. Dow is the first company in the U.S. to power a manufacturing site with renewable energy at this scale.
Dow’s U.S. Gulf Coast investments that take advantage of low-cost shale gas as a feedstock for plastics and other derivatives, received the Engineering & Production Technology Leadership Award. These investments, including a new ethylene plant, a propylene plant, plastics plants, and associated infrastructure, are setting the stage for growth in the Future Dow. “I am honored to receive these awards on behalf of Dow and the Dow team that executed these significant projects,” stated Holicki. “As a result of these activities and many others in the pipeline, Dow is well-positioned to deliver high-value, innovative products and solutions to our customers.”
The Manufacturing Leadership Awards, now in their 14th year, are awarded to individuals and projects that have demonstrated achievement in a range of categories. Recipients are chosen by a panel of expert judges for results that have delivered clear and compelling value, return on investment, and other tangible outcomes. The awards were presented at the MLC Gala on June 13 in Huntington Beach, California.
The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) combines science and technology knowledge to develop premier materials science solutions that are essential to human progress. Dow has one of the strongest and broadest toolkits in the industry, with robust technology, asset integration, scale and competitive capabilities that enable it to address complex global issues. Dow’s market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of advanced materials, industrial intermediates, and plastics businesses deliver a broad range of differentiated technology-based products and solutions for customers in high-growth markets such as packaging, infrastructure, and consumer care. Dow is a subsidiary of DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP), a holding company comprised of Dow and DuPont with the intent to form three strong, independent, publicly traded companies in agriculture, materials science and specialty sectors. More information can be found at www.dow.com.
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