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Union Carbide and Carbon Corporation

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Also included Union Carbide and Carbon Research Laboratories, Inc., Long Island City, N.Y., U.S.A.

1917 Union Carbide and Carbon Corporation was incorporated and acquired Linde Air Products Co. (the US subsidiary of Linde AG), National Carbon Co., Inc., Prest-O-Lite Co., Inc., and Union Carbide Company.

1919 George Curme filed the first patent for commercial preparation of ethylene.

1920 Union Carbide established Carbide and Carbon Chemicals Corporation; also, the first commercial ethylene plant was completed at Clendenin, West Virginia.

1923 Started to build a commercial scale plant at South Charleston, W. Va.

1939 Bakelite Corporation merged into Union Carbide and Carbon Corporation.

1941 Chemical production began at Texas City, Texas.

1947 Union Carbide purchased plant in Institute, W. Va., which it had previously built and operated for the government for the production of butadiene and styrene

1954 Chemical production began at Seadrift, Texas.

1957 Union Carbide and Carbon Corporation changed its name to Union Carbide Corporation.


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