Dow to Increase Prices for Calcium Chloride Products

Effective Nov. 1, 2005, The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) will increase list and off-list prices for bulk and packaged forms of Peladow calcium chloride pellets, Dowflake calcium chloride, Combotherm blended deicer, Anhydrous Calcium Chloride 94-97% Mini-Pellets, Briner’s Choice calcium chloride, Food Grade Anhydrous 94-97% Calcium Chloride Pellets and Peladow DG by $10 to $20 per ton, depending on product grade.

According to Greg MacDonnell, marketing manager for Dow’s dry Calcium Chloride Products, “this increase will allow us to recover higher production costs driven by escalating natural gas prices. It also reflects continued strong demand for calcium chloride across all major end-use markets. It is essential that Dow recover these higher costs to support continued reinvestment to meet growing demand for these products.”

Calcium chloride is a naturally occurring material that is extracted from underground brine deposits. It has been used in liquid form for dust control for nearly 100 years. Liquid and dry forms of calcium chloride are also used for ice melting, to help speed the setting of concrete in winter, and as a stabilization agent that is used as an additive to road base materials during road construction and reconstruction. Highest purity grades of calcium chloride are used in food processing and food additive applications.

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