Carper Statement on DuPont’s Announcement of Job Reductions, Specialty Products Division Headquarters

WILMINGTON, Del. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) released the following statement on DuPont’s announcement that approximately 1,700 Delaware-based positions will be eliminated and that its corporate headquarters for the post-merger Specialty Products division will remain in Delaware.  

“The news of the Dow-DuPont merger was a shock to all of us, and today’s announcement is very troubling. My heart goes out to everyone affected by the job losses here in Delaware. These DuPont employees are our longtime friends, our family, and our neighbors. At this time of hardship for so many Delaware families, we, as the state’s elected officials, can’t sit back, wring our hands and bemoan our fate. We’ve got to roll up our sleeves and work together, and I will continue to work with the Governor and Congressional delegation to do everything we can to help those affected and make sure good job opportunities are available here in the First State.

“For more than two centuries, the DuPont Company has made Delaware its home, and Delawareans have been responsible for many of its most successful and profitable products. From life-saving innovations to market-changing discoveries in research, these products have been sold under the DuPont name and made it one of the most respected American companies in the history of our country. The announcement made today that Dow-DuPont’s Specialty Products division will remain in Delaware comes as a small but welcome break in the clouds. The fight, however, isn’t over. It’s also absolutely critical that the agriculture business is headquartered here in our state, and the Congressional delegation will work alongside Governor Markell, the Delaware legislature, and business and community leaders to do our part to ensure it is.”