Dolce International rebrands Michigan property

Montvale, NJ (December 20, 2007) - The Ashman Court Hotel in Midland, Michigan is now known as the H Hotel, a Dolce Hotel and Conference Destination. Owned by Dow Chemical and managed by Dolce International since 2006, the property is currently undergoing a $25 million renovation and expansion project.

The H is dually named for Herbert Henry Dow, Dow Chemical's founder and "The Human Element," Dow's advertising campaign. As part of the rebranding, a new logo has been introduced and the hotel's restaurants and bar will be renamed as "The Table," "Cafe Zinc" and "Oxygen- O2."

As part of the expansion, The H will debut the H.H. Dow Academy, a premier executive learning program for Dow's global leaders, scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2008. Dolce will be responsible for the property's renovation plans including an upgrade to all aspects of operations, accommodations, amenities and services. Renovation of the facility will continue through 2008 as various venues open.

According to Steve Giblin, president of Dolce International, "The hotel will undergo a complete transformation to soon offer one of Michigan's finest world-class meeting destinations. We are proud to partner with Dow Chemical and look forward to expanding our hotel and conference services with a new array of lodging, dining, meeting and event facilities."

Just minutes from the world headquarters of both Dow Chemical and Dow Corning, the 131-room H Hotel is located in the heart of central Michigan, in downtown Midland. The H is the area's most complete meeting and conference facility, featuring more than 14,000 square feet of dedicated meeting space, including a grand ballroom. The conference center offers state-of-the-art audio-visual capabilities and amenities such as a full business center and high-speed Internet access. Recreational activities at the hotel include a fitness center, indoor pool and whirlpool. Guests can also enjoy golf, casino and tennis nearby, or take in the area's attractions including Dow Gardens and the Midland Center for the Arts. Downtown Midland offers quaint shops, delightful eateries, and exciting community events throughout the year. The H is located 20 minutes from MBS International Airport. For more information or reservations, call 800-57-DOLCE or visit

About Dolce International:

Dolce International is a global hospitality company specializing in the meetings experience. The company has a portfolio of 26 unique properties in the United States, Canada and Europe. Each property features a different style ranging from a contemporary conference hotel, to an authentic alpine village, to a modern Spanish resort by the sea, to a traditional corporate learning center. All Dolce Destinations meet the high standards of the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC). While Dolce International specializes in the meetings niche of the hospitality industry, the company also caters to leisure travelers, individual business travelers and offers a variety of venues for events. Headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey and Paris, France, the company has approximately 3,000 employees. For more information, visit the web site at

About Dow:

Dow is a diversified chemical company that harnesses the power of science and technology to improve living daily. The Company offers a broad range of innovative products and services to customers in more than 175 countries, helping them to provide everything from fresh water, food and pharmaceuticals to paints, packaging and personal care products. Built on a commitment to its principles of sustainability, Dow has annual sales of $46 billion and employs 42,000 people worldwide. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at For more information or reservations, call 800-57-DOLCE or visit

CONTACT: Phil Mattia / Director of Marketing/ Dolce International/ Phone: (201) 505-4413/ e-mail: [email protected]


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