Leadership

Niagara of Fire Streams Confines Threatening Fire at Big Koppers’ Kobuta Plant

Issue 10 and Volume 110.

Niagara of Fire Streams Confines Threatening Fire at Big Koppers’ Kobuta Plant THE COVER STORY AN EXPLOSION AND FIRE in the huge Kobuta plant of the Koppers Company near Monaca, Pa., on September 12 reportedly rocked homes and factories throughout the Beaver Valley district, causing heavy property damage. Despite the severity of the blast and hot fire which followed, none of the 1,100 workers in the big chemical plant was injured. Nor wen there any serious injuries among the plant’s fire fighters, or the 300 and more volunteer firemen, who responded to the emergency from a dozen neighboring fire departments. Ihe Kobuta installation, acquired from the government some years ago, prior to which it was engaged in making artificial rubber, produces a number of chemical products, the chief one being styrene, basic substance used in making rigid plastic. Another product, polystyrene turned out for purely research purposes in another part…

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