Membrane Manufacturing Facility Expansion Underway

The expansion of FilmTec Corporation's manufacturing facility at Edina, MN, remains on schedule, with some aspects of the expansion being accelerated to meet demand. Construction of the new manufacturing facility, which began in 2004, is scheduled to be completed later this year.

MIDLAND, MI, Aug. 7, 2006 -- The expansion of FilmTec Corporation's manufacturing facility at Edina, MN, remains on schedule, with some aspects of the expansion being accelerated to meet demand. Construction of the new manufacturing facility, which began in 2004, is scheduled to be completed later this year.

"Demand for FilmTec™ membranes is stronger then ever, and we are increasingly able to meet this demand with shorter lead times," said Karen Dobson, global market manager, FILMTEC membranes. "We have been vigilant with keeping this expansion project on track, accelerating where we could, to continue meeting demand in a marketplace that continues to grow for us."

This new facility, with leading-edge process and manufacturing technology, provides more than double the current square footage of FilmTec's existing plant, housing additional membrane lines and new fabrication cells, and introduces further automation to the company's already automated production capabilities.

"Not only does this new facility provide us with extra capacity, it also offers us product performance and quality enhancements through process innovations and integrated quality systems. Basically, we can check the membranes at multiple stages throughout the manufacturing process, pinpoint the source if an issue arises, and provide a consistent, higher performing, quality product," explained Dobson.

This investment provides the scale of production to enable FilmTec to serve the rapidly growing demand for reverse osmosis and nanofiltration (RO/NF) membranes in the coming decade.

FilmTec is a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company. Established in Minnetonka in 1977, FilmTec was purchased by Dow in 1985 and is a leading producer of reverse osmosis and nanofiltration membrane elements for industrial, municipal, commercial and home drinking water treatment and purification and other specialty applications.

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