Dow Chemical

Nation's largest chemical and plastics company.

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2030 Dow Center
Midland, MI 48674
Employees: 46,000
CEO: Andrew Liveris
Stock Quote: DOW


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Dow delivers a broad range of products and services to customers in approximately 160 countries, connecting chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help provide everything from fresh water, food and pharmaceuticals to paints, packaging and personal care products.

Some of the innovations Dow has developed include: preservatives in foods, antifreeze for airplanes, plastic wraps, pesticides for trees, and additives used in gasoline.

In 2008, Dow had annual sales of $57.5 billion and employed approximately 46,000 people worldwide. The Company has 150 manufacturing sites in 35 countries and produces approximately 3,300 products.

On April 1, 2009, Dow acquired Rohm and Haas Company, a global specialty materials company with sales of $10 billion in 2008, 98 manufacturing sites in 30 countries and approximately 15,000 employees worldwide.

In 2008, Dow reported revenues of $57.5 billion and net income of $579 million.


On May 18, 1897, The Dow Chemical Company was incorporated, based on Herbert H. Dow's plan to manufacture and sell bleach on a commercial scale. In 1898, the first commercial production of bleach begins. In 1906, Dow produces sodium benzoate as food preservative. The company exited the bleach business in 1913 to focus on production of chlorine. Dow established its first research lab in 1919. Dow Chemical was formed in 1951. Saran wrap was introduced in 1953 for household use.


Dow offers attractive benefits packages which typically include the following:

* retirement plans
* health insurance
* life insurance
* disability coverage
* business travel insurance
* employee stock purchase plan
* generous vacation and holidays

Updated November 20, 2009