Providing peace of mind


Faceshield design schematics

Apr 17, 2020 | Jim Fitterling

As those on the front lines of this pandemic continue to move our world forward in heroic fashion, we owe them all the support we can offer.

I couldn’t be prouder of Team Dow as we continue to respond to the needs of our colleagues, customers, suppliers, community and government partners, and so many others. Team Dow continues to find new ways to serve our stakeholders despite the challenges surrounding us.

Healthcare professionals urgently need more personal protective equipment. And as they and others on the front lines of this pandemic continue to move our world forward in heroic fashion, we owe them all the support we can offer.

Stack of faceshield pieces ready for assembly

Faceshields ready for assembly

Today, Dow announced that we’ve developed a simplified design for face shields to help protect healthcare workers. Alongside Michigan-based Tinkrlab, we will laser-cut, assemble and donate 100,000 of these face shields to the state of Michigan for distribution to hospitals.

We recognize the need for face shields is far greater than the 100,000 Dow can produce. In fact, it’s far greater than any one company can supply on its own. But together, we can continue to be part of the broader solution. With that belief in mind, Dow is making its innovative and proprietary designs available for public download. The design is only comprised of two pieces – a shield and forehead cushion – streamlining multi-component assembly. It also allows for face shield production from various polymers using different cutting techniques.

Our hope is that other companies can leverage this work and join us in our effort to support healthcare workers. If you are interested in collaborating, please download the designs and feel free to contact us at for support.

Michigan health organizations interested in receiving face shields should contact their county emergency management office or email

Individually we each may only play a small part in easing the uncertainty our planet currently faces. But at Dow, we believe in and continue to witness the power of partnership. And we’re grateful to work alongside others who are providing the products and innovations that help protect us all.

Thank you, Team Dow.

Jim Fitterling, Chairman and CEO


This article originally appeared on Jim Fitterling’s LinkedIn profile.

Business unusual: The case for plastics in a modern world


graphic with interconnected dots

Aug 03, 2020 | Jim Fitterling

Together, we – government, industry and society – are changing systems through strong commitments and bold actions.

There’s been nothing usual about 2020. And that means going forward nothing should be “business as usual.”

Across industries we have had to rethink how we do business from top to bottom, accelerating our need for further digitalization and forcing us to build more resilient supply chains.

We have made strong commitments to move towards a more equitable and inclusive world, addressing the pervasive issues of inequality and injustice.