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Holston Army Ammunition Plant, Along Holston River, Kingsport, Sullivan County, TN



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Item Title
Holston Army Ammunition Plant, Along Holston River, Kingsport, Sullivan County, TN

Location
Along Holston River, Kingsport, TN

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
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.

Subjects
Fires
War (World War II)
Office Buildings


Related Names
Bachmann , We
Tennessee Eastman Corporation
Department Of The Army
Fraser-Brace Company Incorporated
Charles T. Main Incorporated
National Defense Research Committee


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

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