The shutdown of the facility will impact approximately 60 employees. It is expected that a large majority of those employees will be redeployed to other roles at St. Charles Operations.
Dow also announced that it has stopped producing and marketing hydroxyalkyl acrylates (HAA) as of year-end 2007. The HAA product line includes hydroxyethyl acrylate (HEA) and hydroxypropyl acrylate (HPA). These products are sold largely to major coatings formulators for use in automotive topcoat applications. The decision has no impact on Dow’s standing as an acrylic acid and acrylic ester producer. Dow manages those products independently from the HAA line.