Dow Chemical to close 2 more latex sites in N America

Midland, Michigan — Dow Chemical Co. said it will close latex plants in California and Quebec by the end of the year, bringing to it four the number of sites targeted for shutdown in the past seven months.

The firm said reduction in demand coupled with extreme energy and production costs prompted its decision to idle the facilities in Pittsburg, California, and Varennes, Quebec, by the end of the year. The plants together employ about 35, and although it will try to redeploy as many employees…

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