Sabine River Operations becomes Dow

Published 12:00 pm Monday, May 27, 2019

By Stacey Chiasson Gautreau

Public Affairs, Dow Chemical


Effective April 1, 2019, the previously announced division of DowDuPont will begin the separation of the New Dow.  Sabine River Operations will be named a Dow site, a member of the Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics (P&SP) business.

“The people, the community support and the unique chemistry of this site makes Orange an exciting place to be. We are looking forward to a tremendous milestone on April 1,” said Jean Algate, site director of Sabine River Operations.

In 2018, it was announced that Dow will be making a series of investments totaling approximately $100 million over the next two years to expand manufacturing capacity and modernize facilities at the Sabine River Operations plant in Orange County, Texas. The investments will incrementally expand production capacity to support global growth of specialty materials manufactured at the site, specifically the Surlyn®, Nucrel®, Fusabond®, and Vamac® product lines.  

After April 1, Dow will be an independent, publicly traded company, pursuing its ambition to become the most innovative, customer-centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company in the world.

“The new Dow is a more focused, disciplined and market-oriented company,” said Jim Fitterling, chief operating officer of the Materials Science division and chief executive officer-elect of Dow. “We are fully prepared for our separation from DowDuPont on April 1, and ready to innovate and grow with our customers while delivering long-term value for our shareholders.”

“The community where we live and work is very important to us and Dow’s success. Dow is thankful for the many employees who run the site safely and reliably every day. We are looking forward to celebrating the legacy and future with you,” said Algate. Building on over 70 years of operations excellence at Sabine River Operations, Dow is excited to be joining the Orange community.

Dow combines science and technology knowledge to develop premier materials science solutions that are essential to human progress. Dow has one of the strongest and broadest toolkits in the industry, with robust technology, asset integration, scale and competitive capabilities that enable it to address complex global issues. Dow’s market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of advanced materials, industrial intermediates and plastics businesses deliver a broad range of differentiated technology-based products and solutions for customers in high-growth markets such as packaging, infrastructure, and consumer care. Dow is a subsidiary of DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP), a holding company comprised of Dow and DuPont with the intent to form three strong, independent, publicly traded companies in agriculture, materials science and specialty sectors. More information can be found at