Dow CEO Calls for a U.S. Advanced Manufacturing Plan in USA Today

MIDLAND, Mich. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — June 22, 2010 — In its Monday, June 21 edition, USA Today carried an editorial by Andrew N. Liveris, Chairman and CEO, The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), which outlines his Company’s vision for an “Advanced Manufacturing Plan” to rejuvenate the U.S. economy, re-grow jobs and allow the manufacturing industry to compete successfully again in the global marketplace.

The plan calls for action on a number of fronts to establish a broad policy framework that will enable economic growth in this key sector, which employs nearly 13 million people in the U.S. and six million in related fields. As part of an integrated and strategic approach that will incentivize manufacturers to create the jobs of the future, Liveris recommends a focus on:

  • New infrastructure that modernizes our nation’s communication networks, electric grids, and air, sea and land transportation systems;
  • Investment in R&D, which has proven to lead to economic growth, greater worker productivity and higher standards of living;
  • Funding for education to enhance key skills for manufacturing in science, technology, engineering and mathematics;
  • A “pro-trade” policy to create reciprocal market access with important trading partners;
  • An alternative energy strategy that encourages efficiency, lower carbon alternatives and an expanded traditional supply;
  • Smart regulatory reform to ensure product innovation isn’t bogged down by regulations that lack a solid scientific basis;
  • Lowering corporate taxes and issuing R&D tax credits to incentivize manufacturing companies to operate in the U.S.; and
  • Civil justice reform to control spiraling costs.

The USA Today editorial appeared the same day Dow hosted Vice President Joe Biden at its global headquarters in Midland, Mich., where the Company showcased several of its major green tech initiatives that address global energy needs and will create thousands of well-paying jobs.

The full editorial outlining Dow’s Advanced Manufacturing Plan can be found on USA Today’s website ( http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/2010-06-18-Liveris21_st_N.htm).

About The Dow Chemical Company

Dow combines the power of science and technology with the “Human Element” to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world’s most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow’s diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2009, Dow had annual sales of $45 billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The Company’s more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 214 sites in 37 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.

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