Dow Chemical Cincinnati Plant

The Dow Chemical Plant in Cincinnati is known as the Rohm and Haas Cincinnati facility and was opened in 1940 in a small suburb called Reading, Ohio. The plant is a non-union plant with more than 130 employees that runs the plant 24/7. The plant sits on a 33 acre site and is easily accessible from downtown Cincinnati off I-75.

The Cincinnati Plant was built in 1940 and produced only one soluble based product that was formulated in the owner’s basement. The company was named Carlisle Chemicals, after the owner. When WWII began, the company began to flourish because this was a valuable product during the war and then in 1948, the Carlisle Co. became a subsidiary of the Cincinnati Milling Machine Company. In 1988, the company merged with another chemical company as the Carlisle Co. continued to expand. In 1989, it merged one more time with Morton International, and today Morton is a thriving subsidiary of Rohm and Haas.

Rohm and Haas is one of the largest chemical companies in the world, but this plant does not actually produce chemicals or plastics that are directly available to the public. Some of the types of specialty chemicals they manufacture are waxes, lubricants, asphalt additives and thermal stabilizers. These chemical substances are then sold to other companies where they are combined with other ingredients to become quality marketable products. Rohm and Haas support markets like industry, electronics, paints and coatings, personal care, household products, adhesives, water treatment and plastics. The chemicals produced at Rohm and Haas are added to other products in these markets. The chemicals that are actually produced at the Cincinnati plant are also chemicals that they are found in vinyl sidings, windows, downspouts and gutters, plastic bottles and PVC piping, which they manufacture also.

Dow Chemical has been named one of the Environmental Protection Agency’s top ten companies responsible for the creation of toxic Superfund sites. It is likely many of Dow’s past and present workers have experienced asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is highly resistant to fire and has been commonly used as an effective insulator in buildings constructed before 1980.  Asbestos was found to be toxic making the effects of inhaling the fibers a severe health risk. Symptoms of asbestos related disease mesothelioma are generally latent for 20 to 50 years after the exposure. Since the symptoms can be latent for so long, it is common for patients to be diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma when the disease has already reached a late stage of development.