Jamin Jones, a 2012 graduate of Ripley High School, was a standout athlete who earned All-State honors in three sports; however, his main focus was always on his academics.

Jones’s mother Susan, a long-time school counselor in the Jackson County school system, credits his teachers for the impact they made on him by encouraging him to continue his studies.

Even with collegiate sports offers, following high school, Jones went on to WVU where he obtained a bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering. In 2015, while attending WVU, Jones began an internship with Dow Chemical at their Institute location.

Upon his graduation from WVU in 2016, Jones was offered a full-time job at Dow in their South Charleston facility. Almost four years later, he now holds the title of Senior Production Engineer for the specialty surfactants plant.

“We make a wide variety of surfactant products, which are used in many household items such as soaps, detergents, cleaners, and even paints,” Jones said. “Overall, I provide technical expertise for the production facility in several different capacities.”

Jones helps drive environmental, health, and safety (EH&S) good practices. His other duties include leading productivity and cost savings initiatives.

When it comes to COVID-19, Dow has been involved in many different initiatives to help aid in the battle; not just locally, but worldwide. They have produced personal protective equipment, such as gowns and face shields, as well as finding ways to make hand sanitizer at multiple facilities globally.

In the case of hand sanitizer production, Jones holds a vital part in helping lead the production team on innovation-driven projects.

“At a time where we are all asking ourselves how we can help in this pandemic, being provided the opportunity to play a part in an initiative like making hand sanitizer has been a blessing,” Jones said. “From the time it was decided to produce the hand sanitizer in West Virginia, to completing the first batch, was six days, which is unheard of for a project like this.”

Jones said it has been incredible to see how many people have been involved in the effort. He believes being able to collaborate together day and night is what made the production happen both quickly and successfully.

“As I mentioned earlier, we make a wide variety of surfactant products in South Charleston, many of which have naturally helped aid in the fight against COVID-19 on a global scale,” Jones said. “Adding the production of hand sanitizer onto our existing assets has provided much-needed assistance to our local community, state, and nation.”

According to Jones, helping lead the production team in their efforts to fight COVID-19 has been personally rewarding.

“As a West Virginia native myself, it makes me proud to be a part of this impactful effort by Dow, right here in the mountain state.”