WILMINGTON, Del. (Jan. 25)—DuPont Dow Elastomers broke ground on a facility Jan. 15 in Dordrecht, Netherlands, that will house the firm´s manufacturing of speciality fluoroelastomer products. The new facility is a $50 million investment in technology and facilities, slated to be operational in the first quarter of 2002, according to the company. The company said the expansion is a direct response to customer needs for speciality products brought on by environmental regulations, longer warranties and more aggressive end use environments. "It makes economic and operational sense to manufacture new speciality fluoroelastomer grades at a facility that already makes the existing line of quality Viton products," a company spokesman said. Construction of the new facility caps a three-year initiative to develop a range of products based on new technology. The facility will be located adjacent to the company´s existing fluoroelastomer plant in Dordrecht.