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DOW'S UCAR TO CEASE PRODUCTION AT NEW JERSEY MANUFACTURING SITE

May 10, 2004
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UCAR Emulsion Systems (UES), a global business of The Dow Chemical Co., has announced that Union Carbide Corp. will cease manufacturing operations for UES at Union Carbide's Somerset, NJ, facility. In a related decision, Union Carbide has announced plans to shut down this site. Productivity improvements achieved during the last two years permit this action. UES recently announced an overall plan to upgrade its North American manufacturing facilities through a series of investments and site closures. Production at Somerset is scheduled to cease during the second quarter, and it is anticipated that customers will experience no disruption in service. The Somerset facility manufactures latex for use in paints, coatings, adhesives and sealants, and employs approximately 28 people. All employees will have the opportunity to seek other positions within Dow.

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