The Dow Chemical Co. hosted Vice President Joe Biden on June 21 at its corporate headquarters in Midland, Mich. during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new manufacturing facility that will produce lithium-ion battery packs for next-generation hybrid and electric vehicles.
The plant, being built by Dow Kokam, a joint venture between Dow and TK Advanced Battery, LLC, will employ more than 800 people and have the capacity to manufacture 1.2 billion watt hours of large format affordable lithium-ion batteries.
"We're 'rebooting' the American manufacturing base right here in Midland, Michigan, and redefining what it means to say 'built in the U.S.A.,'" said Andrew N. Liveris, Dow CEO."All of these green tech programs show the great results that can be achieved when government and industry work together toward a common goal. Were confident technological innovation, job creation, and sustained economic growth like this can take place all over the U.S. if we address head-on the major issues that are limiting a robust resurgence of U.S. manufacturing activity."
Dow has developed an Advanced Manufacturing Plan for America that calls for action on a number of fronts to lower structural costs that are suffocating U.S. manufacturing, and establishes a broad policy framework that will enable economic growth while at the same time considering a multitude of issues ranging from tax reform to climate change to education.
"We believe enactment of pro-manufacturing policies will enable companies like Dow to stem the tide of job loss in America and put people back to work in specialized, high-paying jobs like the thousands we are creating right here in mid-Michigan," Liveris said.
Dow is investing $1.6 billion in R&D in 2010, more than the combined R&D budgets of every university chemistry department in the United States. Since 2005, the Company has invested more than $9 billion in R&D to speed innovation, create jobs and transform Dow into an earnings growth company.
Biden's appearance is part of a six-week focus on economic Recovery Act infrastructure projects nationwide. These initiativeshave benefited from $750 million in federal and state economic incentives. Among the projects highlighted at the event were the new DOW POWERHOUSE Solar Shingles, the company's diesel particulate filters.