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Consulate Durban Visits Dow AgroSciences for Global Economic Statecraft Day

Dow Canelands

U.S. Consul General in Durban Taylor Ruggles visits the head office for Dow AgroSciences in South Africa.

June 14, 2012 - In celebration of Global Economic Statecraft Day, U.S. Consul General in Durban Taylor Ruggles and the Political & Economic Section conducted an economic outreach visit to the head office for Dow AgroSciences in South Africa, located at their “Canelands” facility in Durban’s northern suburbs. 

At Canelands, Dow AgroSciences produces, formulates, and packages herbicides for use on sugar cane and broad leaf weeds.  Interestingly, Brazil is the principal market for products manufactured at Canelands, making Dow AgroSciences a leading example of how U.S. companies can facilitate south-south trade, which directly benefits the economies of developing nations.

Senior Operations Leader Tim George, together with his leadership team, guided the delegation through a briefing and on a tour of Canelands, emphasizing Dow AgroSciences’ commitment to skills development for its employees, and adherence to industry-leading environment, safety and health standards (ES&H). 

The economic outreach visit to Dow AgroSciences demonstrated the positive role U.S. companies can play in helping develop the South African economy, transferring advanced skills to the South African workforce, and fostering a culture of adherence to some of the best ES&H manufacturing standards in the world.