DowDuPont’s Specialty Products unit will move about 150 jobs from Collegeville, PA to the Experimental Station near Wilmington.
“With the Specialty Products Division now clearly defined, we are accelerating all aspects of our work to realize the full benefits and value of the division and capitalize on our significant growth synergies. Part of this effort involves examining our sites in the context of our overall business strategy,” stated DuPont spokesman Daniel Turner. “We have determined that it makes strategic sense to relocate the Specialty Products businesses currently in Collegeville, PA. Most of these employees will relocate to the DuPont Experimental Station in Wilmington by March 2019, enabling our commercial and R&D teams to work more closely together, delivering innovation for our customers and contributing to the long-term sustainable growth of the division as we move toward our intended separation.”
DowDuPont recently announced an accelerated spin date for the Materials Science Division for April 1, 2019. The Collegeville site (currently operated by Dow) move to the Materials Science Division by April 1, 2019.The Collegeville site will remain a strategic location for Materials Science.
DuPont evaluated housing two separate companies (Materials Science and Specialty Products) at Collegeville and determined a relocation to the Experimental Station was the best option.
The move will affect approximately 150 employees and contractors who work in Dow Microbial Control, Dow Pharma, Dow Water Solutions, and Core Analytical/CCAS. The businesses will become part of the Specialty Products Division.
The Specialty Products operation, which will be based in Delaware, is one of three companies that will spin off in 2019 from DowDuPont. The giant companies merged last year.
The Materials Science company, to be known as Dow, will be based in Michigan. The agriculture business will be based in Delaware. Names for the Delaware-based businesses have not yet been announced.
DuPont operations in Delaware have seen the loss of 1,700 jobs prior to the merger with Dow as the company cut the headcount in R&D and other areas.
DuPont Specialty Products will pick up additional jobs in the Newark area as the Dow electronics polishing operation (once known as Rodel) and a former FMC pill coatings plant near Newark become part of its holdings.
Meanwhile, FMC will pick up a portion of the DuPont Stine-Haskell research complex in Newark and will add jobs.
Philadelphia-based FMC took over a portion of DuPont’s agriculture business, easing antitrust concerns and clearing the way for the DowDuPont merger last year.