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Statement from The Dow Chemical Company with Reference to President’s September 8 Address to Congress

MIDLAND, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Andrew N. Liveris, Dow's chairman and CEO, stated today, with reference to President Obama’s September 8 address to a joint session of Congress:

I applaud President Obama for giving the economy and jobs the attention it so clearly demands, and more specifically I am pleased he is highlighting the importance of trade and infrastructure. The President is right to focus on opening access to foreign markets and supporting Congressional adoption of the pending free trade agreements, as well an ongoing and robust investment in rebuilding of the nation’s infrastructure. Both elements are essential to creating quality jobs here in the U.S., and are fundamental to the national effort to reinvigorate the manufacturing sector and advanced manufacturing in particular. These actions can stimulate jobs in the near term and are critical to the nation’s long-term competitiveness.

The President’s proposals deserve a rich debate, and we urge Congress to rapidly consider and adopt those aspects that will have the most immediate impact to boost the economy and grow American jobs.

About The Dow Chemical Company

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology with the "Human Element" to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2010, Dow had annual sales of $53.7 billion and employed approximately 50,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 188 sites in 35 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.

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Greg Baldwin, 989-638-0745
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