MIDLAND, MI - The Dow Chemical Co., Midland, MI, has announced plans to expand its facilities at Correggio, Italy. The expansion will position the site as Dow’s global research and development center for polyurethane systems formulation and application technology.

The company also plans to increase production capacity by 30 percent of the Dow Building Solutions plant that manufactures STYROFOAM™-brand insulation products and to optimize the site’s formulated polyurethane systems manufacturing plant, targeting improvements in productivity and logistics. The expansion of the Correggio facility, which is subject to appropriate government and regulatory approvals, is a $20 million investment and is scheduled for completion in 2009. The expansion is expected to include the hiring of 30 new employees over a three-year period.