Holston Army Ammunition Plant, Along Holston River, Kingsport, Sullivan County, TN
Along Holston River, Kingsport, TN
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER TN-10
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-3).
Building/structure dates: 1944 initial construction
Significance: During WWII, the plant made several significant contributions to explosives-manufacturing technology. It was the first large-scale facility to implement the nearly developed Bachmann process in the manufacture of the explosive RDX. At the same time, it streamlined the Bachmann method by instituting a slurry-based, continuous manufacturing process, and it also developed important new cooling and packaging procedures for composition B. As a result of these innovations, Holston became the world's largest producer of Composition B, the post powerful explosive until the development of nuclear weapons.
War (World War II)
Bachmann , We
Tennessee Eastman Corporation
Department Of The Army
Fraser-Brace Company Incorporated
Charles T. Main Incorporated
National Defense Research Committee
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
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