Carper Statement on Announcement of DuPont-Dow Chemical Merger

WILMINGTON, Del. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) released the following statement on the news that DuPont and Dow Chemical are in advanced discussions to undergo a merger of equals.

“DuPont has been a Delaware company for over two hundred years, carrying with it a centuries-old tradition of success. It should come as no surprise that Dow has reportedly long been motivated to pursue a merger with DuPont. While the news certainly feels like a warning sign for turbulence ahead, I believe that in adversity lies opportunity. We can sit around, wring our hands and bemoan the hand that Delaware has been dealt – or we can roll up our sleeves, join hands and get to work finding the opportunity within this perceived adversity.

“I’ve always believed that one of the major roles of government is to create a nurturing environment for job creation and job preservation. Now, perhaps more than ever, our Congressional Delegation must immediately get to work with Governor Markell, the Delaware legislature, and business and community leaders across the First State to do all that we can to make the best out of this situation. Working together, Delaware can prove that if DuPont and Dow do merge, it’s the smart decision to locate a significant portion of their business here.

“It’s not the time to sit back and accept our fate. It’s time to seize the day. Carpe Diem!”