MIDLAND, MICH. - Dow Chemical Co. announced June 11 it will close its Granville, Ohio, research and development facility. The Midland-based firm plans to transfer about 110 employees to a new, $12 million business and research center in its headquarters city. In an unrelated move, Dow Chemical Canada Inc., a unit of the U.S. parent, will relocate its head office to Calgary, Alberta, to be closer to its main plastics and petrochemical operations and the oil and gas industry that feeds them. It will make the move from Sarnia, Ontario, on July 1, the firm announced June 14.
The Granville center sits on 240 acres and includes several buildings containing research and development offices and labs, pilot plants, test insulation houses and warehouses. The 115-employee center was built in 1976 to support the various units in the fabricated products business, which makes and markets film and foam products, including Styrofoam insulation.
Dow will begin moving people and equipment from the site next year and will close the plant in the fall of 1997. Global research director Billy Williams said the company plans to sell the facility.
The Granville site is the last satellite research facility Dow operates. In the past 10 years, it has closed four similar facilities and consolidated operations in Midland. The new Midland center will house R&D, marketing and business personnel.
The Dow Canada relocation will not affect plastics marketing, technical service or development operations, most of which moved from Sarnia to Midland two years ago, said Dow Canada spokeswoman Leslie Beard. Dow Canada will retain a few technical service personnel in Sarnia.
Dow Canada's top executives, including Chief Executive Officer Dennis Lauzon, will transfer to Calgary. Fewer than 10 people will relocate to the western city and the firm will continue to employ about 250 in Sarnia, Beard said.
Dow Canada plans to expand plastics and petrochemicals production in Alberta. Since 1961, it has invested C$2.5 billion (US$1.8 billion) in its Fort Saskatchewan plant complex. It makes polyethylene, ethylene and other petrochemicals there.