FilmTec Corp. expansion on target for production in 2006

Construction of a new Edina, Minn., manufacturing facility started in 2004 for FilmTec Corp., a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, is on target for completion within 2006. Limited production has already begun, with full production expected in mid-year 2006...

MIDLAND, MI, Jan. 10, 2006 -- Construction of a new manufacturing facility started in 2004 for FilmTec Corp., a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, is on target for completion within 2006. The facility is located in Edina, Minn.

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, new fabrication cells and will introduce further automation to FilmTec's already automated production capabilities. FilmTec Corporation will continue to produce the highest quality products that set the industry standard for performance, consistency and reliability.

"This expansion supports our goal of offering RO/NF membranes that enable production of the highest quality water at the lowest total cost for our customers," said Ian Barbour, CEO of FilmTec Corp. "In 2006, this expansion will enable us to provide better products to our growing customer base."

FilmTec remains committed to leading the industry through this investment; driving forward the cost performance of membrane technology while enhancing value for the customer. Furthermore, this investment also provides the scale of production to enable FilmTec Corporation the ability to serve the rapidly growing demand for reverse osmosis and nanofiltration (RO/NF) membranes throughout the coming decade.

Limited production has already begun, with full production expected in mid-year 2006.

FilmTec is the leading producer of reverse osmosis and nanofiltration membrane elements for industrial, municipal, commercial and home drinking water treatment and purification and other specialty applications.

FilmTec Corp. (www.filmtec.com) was established in Minnetonka in 1977 and was purchased by The Dow Chemical Company in 1985.

Dow (www.dow.com) is a leader in science and technology, providing innovative chemical, plastic and agricultural products and services to many essential consumer markets. With annual sales of $40 billion, Dow serves customers in 175 countries and a wide range of markets that are vital to human progress: food, transportation, health and medicine, personal and home care, and building and construction, among others. Committed to the principles of sustainable development, Dow and its 43,000 employees seek to balance economic, environmental and social responsibilities.

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