Dow Manufacturing Leadership Awards Frost Sullivan 2017

MIDLAND, MICHIGAN - March 02, 2017 - The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) was recently honored with four Manufacturing Leadership Awards from Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council. These annual awards honor manufacturing companies and individual manufacturing leaders that are shaping the future of global manufacturing.

Expert cross-industry judges selected Dow as a company honoree in three categories: Operational Excellence Leadership, Engineering and Production Technology Leadership and Talent Management Leadership. Paul Dean, Dow’s vice president, engineering, maintenance and technology centers, was recognized in the category of Visionary Leadership.

"We have many talented and dedicated people at Dow and within our operations organization who make significant contributions every day,” said Peter Holicki, Dow’s senior vice president, Operations. "These award are wonderful recognition of their efforts as well as Dow’s unrelenting focus on manufacturing innovation, continuous improvement and talent development.”

Dow’s novel work process and continuous improvement program called Dow Operation Excellence System (DOES) was selected as a winner in the Operational Excellence Leadership category. The DOES project delivers greater focus on customer and market needs, greater financial performance, and increased collaboration across departments, removing silos and barriers to collaboration.

The Propylene Dehydrogenation Project, which is part of Dow’s more than $4 billion feedstock investment program on the U.S. Gulf Coast, was selected as a winner in the Engineering and Production Technology Leadership category. The Propylene Dehydrogenation Project (PDH) provides Dow with advantaged propylene feedstock for its Performance Materials, Consumer Solutions, and Industrial Solutions business franchises.

Development of employees is a primary focus at Dow, and the company’s Operations Talent Development initiative was recognized in the Talent Management Leadership Category. Dow has four foundational employee development programs, all carefully designed to meet the development needs of employees. The impact is these participants are able to immediately apply their newly acquired skills to complete a project that aligns to the program objectives and returns value to the company.

Paul Dean, Dow’s vice president, engineering, maintenance and technology centers, was selected as a winner in the Visionary Leadership category. His leadership of one of the world’s largest engineering, procurement and construction organizations, has been instrumental in driving value from Dow’s engineering resources to maximize returns. His contributions will have a long-lasting impact on Dow and the chemical industry.

Dow and the other winning companies will be recognized at the 13th annual Frost & Sullivan Manufacturing Leadership Summit and Award Gala, which will take place in June.

About Dow
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from material, polymer, chemical and biological science to help address many of the world's most challenging problems, such as the need for fresh food, safer and more sustainable transportation, clean water, energy efficiency, more durable infrastructure, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's integrated, market-driven portfolio delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in 175 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, infrastructure, transportation, consumer care, electronics, and agriculture. In 2016, Dow had annual sales of $48 billion and employed approximately 56,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 7,000 product families are manufactured at 189 sites in 34 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at

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The Dow Chemical Company