Midland-based Dow Corning Corp. and Hemlock-based Hemlock Semiconductor Group are donating $200,000 to the American Red Cross to support the disaster relief effort.

The Dow Corning Foundation will donate up to an additional $100,000 in an employee and retiree matching donation program. 

“Dow Corning employees everywhere are deeply saddened by the tragedy taking place in Japan,” said Bob Hansen, president of Dow Corning. “Together, we share our deepest sympathies for the people coping with this devastating earthquake and tsunami.”

Rick Doornbos, CEO and president of Hemlock Semiconductor Group, added: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan who have been impacted by this tragedy. Hemlock Semiconductor and its employees would like to provide assistance to those affected as they begin to rebuild their lives.” 

To record donation activity for the matching program, retirees can e-mail Dow Corning at connie.keyser@dowcorning.comto indicate their pledge amount and contact information. For questions about the program, call (989) 496-6094.  

All Dow Corning employees in Japan are safely accounted for and there is no significant damage to sites. Dow Corning’s leaders in Japan will continue to work diligently to assess the safety of the facilities, ability to access raw materials and supplies and customer needs. 

Dow Corning is a leader in silicon technology. It provides more than 7,000 products and services to more than 25,000 customers worldside. It is equally owned by Midland-based Dow Chemical Co. and New York-based Corning Inc. 

Dow Corning is also the majority shareholder in the Hemlock Semiconductor Group (www.hscpoly.com) joint ventures, which includes Hemlock Semiconductor Corp. and Hemlock Semiconductor L.L.C. The other shareholder are Japan’s Shin-Etsu Handotai and Mitsubishi Materials Corp. Hemlock Semiconductor provides polycrystalline silicon and other silicon-based products used in the manufacturing of semiconductor devices and solar cells and modules. Hemlock Semiconductor began operations in 1961 and has announced more than $4 billion of investments since 2005.


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