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Rubbertown timeline

LOUISVILLE, KY — “In light of the double-fatal explosion yesterday, here is a brief history of Rubbertown, where roughly 10 chemical plants remain as part of the city’s World War II legacy:

Early 1940s: Easy access to roads, rail lines, the Ohio River and raw materials leads the federal government to select Louisville for several plants to produce synthetic rubber for World War II. The government either builds the plants or purchases them from their original owners, investing $92.4 million. Among the early operators: B.F. Goodrich, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., National Carbide Corp. and Kentucky Synthetic Rubber Corp.”

— James Bruggers, Watchdog Earth, Louisville Courier-Journal

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