The Dow Chemical Co. was recently honored with four Manufacturing Leadership Awards from Frost & Sullivan's Manufacturing Leadership Council. The annual awards are given to manufacturing companies and individual manufacturing leaders who are shaping the future of global manufacturing.

Expert cross-industry judges selected Dow as a company honoree in three categories: operational excellence leadership, engineering and production technology leadership, and talent management leadership. Paul Dean, Dow's vice president of engineering, maintenance and technology centers, was recognized in the visionary leadership category.

"We have many talented and dedicated people at Dow and within our operations organization who make significant contributions every day," said Peter Holicki, Dow's senior vice president of operations. "These awards are wonderful recognition of their efforts as well as Dow's unrelenting focus on manufacturing innovation, continuous improvement and talent development."

Dow's work process and continuous improvement program, called Dow Operation Excellence System (DOES), was selected as a winner in the operational excellence leadership category. The DOES project is intended to deliver greater focus on customer and market needs, improve financial performance, and increase collaboration across departments.

The Propylene Dehydrogenation Project, which is part of Dow's more than $4 billion feedstock investment program on the U.S. Gulf Coast, was selected as a winner in the engineering and production technology leadership category. The project provides Dow with advantaged propylene feedstock for its performance materials, consumer solutions and industrial solutions business franchises.

Dow's operations talent development initiative was recognized in the talent management leadership category. It consists of four foundational employee development programs which enable participants to immediately apply newly acquired skills to complete a project that aligns to the program objectives and returns value to the company.

Dean, whose leadership has been instrumental in driving value from Dow's engineering resources to maximize returns, was selected as a winner in the visionary leadership category.

Dow and the other winning companies will be recognized at the 13th annual Frost & Sullivan Manufacturing Leadership Summit and Award Gala in June.

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