Dow Chemical Looking to Spin Off, Sell 40 Plants

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Dow Chemical is looking to spin off or sell about 40 manufacturing plants from its business as it continues to move away from cyclical commodity products.

The company said Monday that it expects those deals to happen within the next one to two years. Almost 2,000 workers will be affected by the moves. The businesses generate up to $5 billion of total annual revenue.

The assets include its U.S. Gulf Coast chlor-alkali and chlor-vinyl facilities in Plaquemine, La., and Freeport, Texas, including Dow's interest in the Dow Mitsui Chlor-Alkali joint venture in Freeport, Texas; its global chlorinated organics production plants in Freeport, Texas; Plaquemine, La. and Stade, Germany; the global epoxy business, including assets in Freeport, Texas; Roberta, Ga.; Rheinmuenster, Germany; Pisticci, Italy; Baltringen, Germany; Stade, Germany; Gumi, South Korea; Zhangjiagang, China and Guaruja, Brazil; its brine and select assets supporting operations in Freeport, Texas, and Plaquemine, La. and energy operations in Plaquemine, La.

The businesses "are serving markets Dow has exited over time," Chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris said in a statement.

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