Dow Chemical to cut 700 jobs in region, 2500 worldwide

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MIDLAND, Mich (AP/WLNS) – Dow Chemical says it will eliminate about 2,500 jobs worldwide, or about 4 percent of its workforce, as it looks to close some plants ahead of its merger with DuPont.

Our media partners at MLive report that about 700 jobs will be cut from the Great Lakes Bay Region. Dow officials say the job reductions in the Great Lakes Bay Region will come from both Dow and Dow Corning.

The two agriculture and chemical companies announced their plan to merge in December. After the merger, the companies plan to split the combined company into three separate publicly traded companies focused on agriculture, material science and specialty products.

Dow Chemical Co. said Tuesday that it will shutter silicone manufacturing plants in Greensboro, North Carolina and Yamakita, Japan. It’s also looking to close some administrative, corporate and manufacturing facilities, but did not give further details on their locations.

Dow Chemical and DuPont plan to hold separate shareholder meetings on July 20 to vote on their merger.

More from MLive: Dow cutting 700 jobs in Great Lakes Bay Region, 2,500 globally

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