Dow Chemical to Expand Ludington Calcium Chloride Plant

The Dow Chemical Company, a global supplier of calcium chloride, is expanding its dry calcium chloride capacity at its production facility in Ludington, Mich. Expansion activities will begin immediately, supporting Dow’s strategic focus to invest in products and technologies that deliver long-term sustainable growth and value to the company.

Due to steady growth in demand and recent changes in the calcium chloride market, flake and pellet forms of calcium chloride have been in short supply. As a global producer of these products, Dow intends to install equipment delivering 30 percent more dry calcium chloride to the market. Activities have been initiated to deliver new pellet calcium chloride supplies to the market by the 3rd quarter of 2006 with additional flake calcium chloride available by 2nd quarter of 2007.

“These expansion projects build on numerous investments made during the last three years beginning in 2003 with the construction of a 27-mile pipeline, allowing us access to new brine supplies. Numerous projects since then have further improved Dow’s operating reliability. We are now well positioned with both the fluids and core evaporation capabilities to bring a significant amount of new flake and pellet calcium chloride to the market in relatively short order,” said Bill Berrett, general manager for the business.

“North American customers, who are often forced to depend on imported products from overseas, will soon have additional local supply options,” said Greg MacDonnell, senior marketing manager for dry calcium chloride.

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