Dow Chemical to Close Institute Operation

By: By: Associated Press
By: By: Associated Press

INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) - The Dow P-X-C plant in Institute will be closed by the end of next August. The decision was announced Wednesday by Dow Epoxy, a business unit of Michigan-based Dow Chemical.

Dow Epoxy is exiting the market for all peroxymeric chemical products, resulting in the closure of the Institute plant and another in Hahnville, Louisiana. The P-X-C plant manufactures specialty chemicals used in end-use products such as protective coatings and elastomers. It's one of seven Dow facilities at the Institute site, which is owned and operated by Bayer CropScience.

Allan Fowler is vice president and site leader for the company's West Virginia operations. He didn't say how many employees would be affected by the closure, only that it would have a small impact on the overall operations in the state.

Fowler also said the closure is in line with previously announced downsizing efforts. Dow said in March that it would reduce its West Virginia workforce by more than a third over the next three years.

In an unrelated matter, Fowler said ten new engineering jobs have been added in South Charleston.

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