History of Houston Operations

La Porte

The Dow facilities in La Porte and Deer Park comprise what is known as Houston Operations. Dow purchased the La Porte facility in 1985. The La Porte site was built in 1960 by the Carwin Company of North Haven, Connecticut. It was constructed to produce isocyanates which are used today in the production of automobiles, boats, high performance athletic footwear, home insulation, appliances, clothing, ice chests, cosmetics, pet food, pharmaceuticals, toothbrushes, dyes, paints and vitamins.

In 1962, this facility was purchased by the Upjohn Company and expanded to become a leader in polyurethane production. The La Porte site covers 139 acres and is located near the Houston Ship Channel on historic Battleground Road where the battle that resulted in Texas independence from Mexico was fought.

Houston Operations Fast Facts

  • La Porte
  • One complex covering 139 acres
  • One billion pounds of products produced annually
  • More than 500 million pounds of products sold annually
  • Six manufacturing facilities serving two of Dow’s Global Business Groups
  • Products shipped by rail, truck and pipeline
  • 225 Dow employees
  • 150 contractors

Dow Businesses at Houston Operations

  • Building and Construction
  • Polyurethanes
  • Elastomers and Specialties