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DowDuPont cuts not expected to impact Tonawanda plant

DowDuPont's planned cuts are not expected to impact the company's Town of Tonawanda plant.

"The site will continue to operate as business as usual," said Daniel Turner, a company spokesman.

DowDuPont, the product of the Aug. 31 merger of Dow and DuPont, said last week it will cut workers and close some plants, as it aims to generate cost savings of $3 billion. The chemical giant disclosed the restructuring plans as it released its third-quarter earnings.

DowDuPont still plans to eventually split into three publicly traded companies, although later than planned. DowDuPont's CEO, Edward Breen, said he expects the three-way split to be finished by August 2019, six months later than previously forecast, according to Bloomberg News.

The company's Yerkes plant in Tonawanda, which was part of DuPont prior to the merger, is expected to join a specialty products company. The plant makes Corian, a tabletop material, and Tedlar, a thin film used in applications, including solar panels.

In September, hourly workers at the Yerkes plant ratified a four-year contract. Gary Guralny, president of United Steelworkers of America Local 6992, said he does not expect the cutbacks announced by DowDuPont to affect the plant's 320 hourly workers.

DuPont used to have a second plant in the Buffalo Niagara region, a chemical-making operation in Niagara Falls. Ownership of that plant was shifted to a spinoff company, named Chemours, in 2015. Chemours shut down the plant the following year, as part of a broader cost-cutting effort. The closing eliminated about 200 jobs.

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