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FilmTec Expansion Remains on Target for Completion in 2006


Midland, MI - August 02, 2006, The expansion of FilmTec Corporation’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Edina, Minnesota, 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 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.

“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.

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

With progress comes even further opportunity within the communities in which Dow and FilmTec operate. As part of Dow’s commitment to sustainable development, FilmTec has adopted and follows these principles, as well.

“We aim to be a positive impact on communities in which we operate,” said Ron Pingel, operations director, FilmTec Corporation. “In 2005, we held a community Open House to explain what FilmTec manufactures, giving the community a chance to ask questions about our operations in Minnesota. But our community focus has not stopped there. We have put in place a Community Outreach Team that helps support non-profit organizations and encourages our employees to volunteer in their home communities. This has been a successful endeavor for us in Edina.”

FilmTec is a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company. Established in Minnetonka in 1977, FilmTec was purchased by Dow in 1985 and 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.

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