MiMfg Magazine September 2017 - Page 24

24 MiMfg Magazine September 2017 MFG @ Work Dow Opens New HQ and Breaks Ground on $100M Innovation Center Dow Chemical Company recently celebrated the grand opening of its new global headquarters building in Midland, a state-of-the-art, 184,000 square-feet, six- story building hosting nearly 500 employees. “This new, state-of-the-art facility is more than a new home for a new Dow,” said Andrew Liveris, chairman and CEO for Dow Chemical. “It’s a renewal of our commitment to Midland and the Great Lakes Bay Region. It’s going to enhance our ability to attract the best Dow ground-breaking ceremony in Midland workers the world has to offer and encourage more of our incredible homegrown talent to come back home.” • Advancing materials science for critical infrastructure The new headquarters features open workspaces to boost collaboration and • Driving closer partnerships with inspire innovation while Dow products customers and value chain leaders can be found from wall to wall and from Over the last decade, Dow has floor to ceiling. invested more than $400 million in the Dow, an MMA member since 1907, Great Lakes Bay Region and will have also announced construction of a new, U.S. investments totaling more than $100 million Innovation Center beginning $12 billion over a 10-year period. this summer designed to boost research and development initiatives. The new facility will host approximately 200 Dart Expansion to Create R&D employees who will explore future 136 New Jobs technologies of silicone chemistry. “This world-class facility could have Mason-based MMA member Dart been located anywhere,” added Liveris. Container Corporation will invest $40 “We chose to invest right here in Michigan million into a new technical and because both the U.S. and the state have a innovation center which will increase growing and vibrant research, development the company’s ability to develop new and manufacturing sector creating new and improved products. opportunities every day.” Dart’s expansion is supported by a The new innovation center will $1 million grant from the Michigan complement the more than 1,200 Dow Economic Development Corporation’s researchers and developers already based Michigan Business Development in the Great Lakes Bay Region and Program, which provides economic allow a greater focus on: assistance to businesses that create jobs and investment in Michigan. • Advancing technologies for home and personal care products The project includes: • Enhancing and broadening Dow’s energy-saving building technologies • Construction of a 250,000-square-foot facility on 38 acres adjacent to Dart’s existing corporate headquarters, devoted to the development and production of prototype packaging solutions • Renovation of existing space to expand Dart’s tooling and machine manufacturing operations by more than 50 percent “We are excited that our continued growth has enabled us to invest another $40 million at our corporate headquarters in Mason and bring at lea Ѐ؁)Ʌѥٔɥѕ)ͭɅ́Ѽȁɕ)хєtЁ хȁAɕͥЁ))1́ͅq=ȁչ́չ)ȁ䁥5ͽ܁啅́)ݔɕѕѼ5)ЁՅѕ́5ͽ