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Clute Facts (Newspaper) - November 30, 2007, Clute, Texas The4 facts Brazoria county Friday november 30,2007 3a Gary Hockstra family wife Ruth Hockstra children Nicholas 19,and Cristina 16 education Bachelor of chemical engineering Michigan state University Dow career a research and development Midland mich., 1980 a Maressio pharmaceutical Plant Maressio Italy 1985 a Styron Tyril Plant Terneuzen the Netherlands. 1994 a Light hydrocarbon technology Leader. Freeport 1996 a Lac research and development director Freeport 2000 a manufacturing director of engineering plastics Freeport 2002 a manufacturing director of engineering polymers Freeport 2004 Dow continued from cover Gary Hockstra the current manager of the engineering polymers division. Quot it s a huge Honor to he asked to take this position Quot Hockstra said. Quot it is a True Honor for me to follow in Bob s footsteps. I be looked up to him for years and tried to Model myself after Hockstra gradually will take Over from Walker until the first Quarter of next year when Walker will Transfer to the company s Headquarters in Midland mich., to manage Dow s global mergers and acquisitions from a manufacturing aspect. Quot i absolutely enjoyed being Here Quot Walker said. Quot this is where i started. Now Dow wants to tap my experience. It s time for me to help Dow in other Hockstra said he is aware of the magnitude of the responsibility he will have As the largest employer in Brazoria county. Quot my Job is to represent the site to the company As a place to expand our growth Quot Hockstra said. Quot it is always difficult to compete for the economic fates of the Community and Dow Texas operations Are closely related Hockstra said. Quot my family and i have been living Here for la years now Quot he said. Quot i be raised my two children Here. I know How important this company is to the Economy of the Braz sport the biggest advantage Dow Texas has in securing its future within the global corporation is the spirit of its people Hockstra said. Texans have a uniquely Strong work ethic and character the Michigan native said. Further expansions to Dow Texas operations will be even More difficult As Dow s attention is being drawn to new markets in the Middle East and China Walker said. However the key manufacturing base for Dow chemical will remain in Texas a this is where i started. Now Dow wants to tap my a Bob Walker outgoing vice president of Dow Texas operations he said. Quot Dow Texas will remain to be our biggest and most important site in the foreseeable future Quot Walker said. A possible expansion at the Freeport Plant a $785 million for new chlorine and caustic production facilities a was Given a too percent tax abatement for its first seven years by Brazoria county commissioners court in october. The tax break is designed to lure the senior leadership of the company to invest in the Freeport site. Dow spokeswoman Trade Copeland said a decision on where to build the expansion has not been made. Quot we have to get the Community s support to keep growing Quot Walker said. Quot without it things Are much More looking Back and ahead Walker said his proudest accomplishment As Dow Texas vice president has been strengthening relationships Between management and the employees Community and retirees. Quot when i first started in the 70s there was an excitement among the people Here in Dow Texas operations Quot he said. Quot after i came Back in 2004, that excitement was not there. Our relations with our hourly and bar gained for employees was not As Good and our relationship with the Community was not As when Walker returned to Freeport Dow still was reeling from a $3.38 million company wide loss in 2002, and a new Union contract and the layoffs of More than 200 employees at the Freeport site. Quot we Don t want to Ever do that again Quot Walker said. Quot it does t make any sense to hire people and then turn around and separate them from the he said the Trust Between the Community and corporate leadership is greatly improved after new programs to give Back to the Community. Events such As the 2006 employee appreciation Day during Dow s 65th anniversary which Walker said was his most memorable Day Here have helped to improve the company s image among its 4,500 employees and 1,000 contractors. Hockstra said he Hopes to keep improving opinions. He said one of his first tasks is to engage in constructive dialogue with Union leaders. Quot my goal will be to continue our improvements with the Union Quot Hockstra said. More than half the workforce at Dow Texas operations belongs to the International Union of operating engineers local 564 or other unions he said. Quot they Are a major Factor in our operations Quot Hockstra said. Hockstra said he will be Busy in the coming months As he simultaneously transfers out of leading the Lhc-1 Plant solely and sliding into leadership Over the 70 plants at Dow Texas operations. Quot this is the steepest learning curve i be Ever had to tackle Quot he said. Quot my Job up until now has been entered on one operation or another. Now i have to focus on 70 different plants. This Job is a whole order of magnitude greater than anything i be done regardless of the Challenge Hockstra said he is ready to take the Torch passed to him. Until then he is Content to celebrate the Good news. Quot it s been a Good Day Quot he said. Quot i got a Call from my Mother and my kids sent me texts to congratulate me on getting the Hockstra said with a Grin. Quot i m having a great time so Hunter Sauls covers Industry for the facts. Contact him at 979 237-0153. Hometown support Hon Pau amp a a South Brazoria county group every tuesday @ 7pm Hearthstone assisted living Center 206 Oak or South. Like Jackson Contact Bruce Bollek 297-7336 by George Harper. 362h in 2611, Brazoria to a going out for business huge Sale All clothing in the store reduced to $20 and under this that amp hours tues. Sat. 9am 6 30 pm Sun. Amp Mon. Closed 1239 Hwy. 332 West a Clute a 979-388-0899 bbl Benefit for Marky l. Ordonez we will be Selling bbl plates for $7 on sat., dec.1 a 11am-4pm at the Railhead on old Angleton Road Chicken sausage Beans potato salad Marky is a cancer patient and All proceeds will go to future expenses Etc. There will also be a silent auction and a raffle for an ice Chest full of Beer liquor Etc. 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