Dow Building Solutions is expanding its manufacturing site in La Porte, Texas, where the company will increase its Styrofoam insulation capacity.
The division of Midland, Mich.-based Dow Chemical Co. already has various manufacturing operations in La Porte.
The new space will allow the company to make formulations that meet some proposed federal requirements expected to take effect in 2010, Dow officials said in a news release.
Dow is a market leader in extruded polystyrene insulation.
Company officials declined to disclose the cost, size or capacity of the new facility. About 25 people will work there, said Bob Plishka, Dow's building and construction spokesman, via e-mail.
An exact date for commercial production at the facility has not been set, Plishka said.
Dow officials tout their insulation product in the midst of the twofold effort to combat high energy costs and conserve natural resources.
``As energy costs escalate, so, too, do heating and air conditioning bills,'' Kostas Katsoglou, president of Dow Building Solutions, said in a news release. ``Products such as Styrofoam-brand insulation contribute to energy conservation, which helps address the energy demand issues currently facing the U.S., and, at the same time, lowers the cost to heat and cool buildings.''