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1940

Union Carbide Corporation was asked to investigate ways to produce butadiene and styrene to make artificial rubber for the war

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Aug 31, 1941

The U.S. Defense Plant Corporation authorized Union Carbide to build a butadiene plant at Institute

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Dec 07, 1941

The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor

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1941

The butadiene plant at Institute had capacity of 80,000 tons/year

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1942

Construction began on the first alcohol-to-butadiene unit at Institute

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1942

Construction began on two styrene units at Institute

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1942

The construction of three rubber polymerization unites began

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1943

The first butadiene units started production at Institute

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Mar 31, 1943

First rubber made at Union Carbide's Institute plant

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May 31, 1943

One million pounds of Buna-S synthetic rubber had been produced at Institute

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1944

Institute produced 131,000 tons of butadiene

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1946

The rubber plant at Institute was closed

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1947

Union Carbide purchased the Institute butadiene, styrene and support facilities to convert to chemical plants

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