Dow Building Solutions Recognized as the Only Nine-Time Consecutive Recipient of David Weekley Homes Prestigious “Partners of Choice” Award

Midland, MI - July 29, 2013 - Today, Dow Building Solutions (DBS), a market-facing business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, was recognized again with the highly coveted "Partners of Choice” Award from David Weekley Homes for its industry leading commitment in quality and service. An award-winning company itself, David Weekley Homes is the nation’s largest privately-held home builder and has been evaluating suppliers for almost a decade and honoring the best in class with its prestigious award. As the only nine-time recipient, DBS received straight “A” ratings again in 2013, standing out among the approximate 175 participating companies.

David Weekley Homes introduced its comprehensive supplier evaluation system and measure of world-class excellence in 2004. The unique evaluation system is based on the results of their “National Trading Partners Survey,” which is given to more than 600 of the company’s cross-functional team members ranging from builders and designers to sales, accounting and purchasing, all the way to the executive level. Independent review of a company’s quality and service records from a cross-functional team is holistic in nature, ensuring that award winners are consistently improving their level of performance to excel in all areas across the board.

The building and construction landscape has undergone a series of vast changes since the first “Partners of Choice” award was presented almost a decade ago. However, in order to receive an “A,A” ranking, companies must consistently deliver exceptional products and services, showing an elevated level of performance regardless of the current economic climate. From the ups and downs in the market to changes in government leadership and the resurgence of the building industry, Dow’s commitment to innovation and continuous improvement has increased with each passing year, helping them to evolve to address and exceed market demands.

“We are proud to be the only recipient of the David Weekley “Partners of Choice” award for the ninth consecutive year,” said Jim Morey, residential operations marketing manager, Dow Building Solutions. “It is our dedication to continuous improvement and investment in real-world research and development that truly help us to standout as an industry leader in building science expertise and innovation. This award highlights our collaborative relationships with market-leading builders and our commitment to provide our customers with real-world data that help them construct more sustainable, higher-performing homes – and ultimately differentiate themselves in the marketplace.”

David Weekley Homes relies on DBS’ building expertise and industry leading energy, moisture and air management brands, including STYROFOAM™ Brand Insulation and WEATHERMATE™ Weather Barrier Solutions, to create some of the most energy efficient homes in the country. Over the past nine years, Dow products have been installed in more than 20,000 David Weekley homes across the nation.

“What Dow Building Solutions has accomplished is nothing short of remarkable,” said Bill Justus, vice president of supply chain services for David Weekley Homes. ”For nine straight years, Dow has listened to the needs of our team members, designed exceptional solutions, and delivered their products in a cost effective, consistent manner to our company. As evidenced by the collective rating opportunities of approximately 6,000 team members over this period of time, Dow is world-class in delivering quality and service to David Weekley Homes.”

The unique evaluation platform allows David Weekley Homes to analyze supplier performance in diverse industries, provide feedback, and recognize those truly outstanding achievers through its prestigious “Partners of Choice” Award. David Weekley Homes implemented the innovative evaluation platform in order to reduce channel costs, improve service, and provide the highest degree of homeowner satisfaction.

 

About David Weekley Homes

David Weekley Homes, founded in 1976, is headquartered in Houston and operates in 17 cities across the United States. David Weekley Homes was the first builder in the United States to be awarded the Triple Crown of American Home Building, an honor which includes “America’s Best Builder,” “Builder of the Year,” and the “National Housing Quality Award.” Weekley has also appeared seven times on FORTUNE® magazine’s coveted “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. Since inception, David Weekley Homes has closed more than 70,000 homes. For more information about David Weekley Homes, visit the company’s web site at www.davidweekleyhomes.com

About Dow Building Solutions

Dow Building Solutions has a 60+ year legacy of providing energy saving solutions to the global commercial and residential new construction and remodeling industry, which began with the launch of its flagship STYROFOAM™ Brand Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) Foam Insulation, one of the most recognized brands of insulation in the world. A market-facing business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, Dow Building Solutions offers insulation, air sealing and weatherization solutions backed by building science expertise to help builders, remodelers, designers, architects and home/building owners reduce energy costs and protect against wind, rain and moisture, while contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. More information about Dow Building Solutions can be found at www.building.dow.com.

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from the intersection of chemical, physical and biological sciences to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, clean energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's integrated, market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 180 countries and in high growth sectors such as packaging, electronics, water, coatings and agriculture. In 2013, Dow had annual sales of more than $57 billion and employed approximately 53,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 6,000 products are manufactured at 201 sites in 36 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.

Heather Smith +1 9896388735 Heather.smith@dow.com