Re: Hercules Powder tankcar et al.

Gatwood, Elden J SAD


Do you know anything about Hercules involvement in Pennsylvania Industrial
Chemical Co. (PICCO)? They were a big producer of resins, and I think
someone told me Hercules bought them. They had patents to stuff like
Piccolastic and such. PICCO received tank car loads of petroleum, at their
Clairton, PA plant, then processed to produce these resins, some of which
were used in the rubber industry. I have always wanted to know more details
about that operation as it pertains to freight car traffic, particularly.

Elden Gatwood

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Kurt
Sent: Monday, July 19, 2010 8:52 PM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Hercules Powder tankcar et al.

I used to work for Hercules. They were formed around 1905 by the break-up of
DuPont's monopoly on explosives. They made gunpowder, blasting powder,
dynamite and other explosives. During WW II they operated several
explosive/ammunition plants for the Government. After the war they became
involved in the rocket industry and were still making them until they were
sold/spun-off/bought out by Alliant TechSystems post-1989. They also had
large industrial chemical and plastics businesses. I think now they just make
specialty chemicals.

. . . And further looking finds this article mentiong some business areas and


----- Original Message -----
From: Gatwood, Elden J SAD

I had done some research on Hercules Powder and predecessors some time ago,
and had only been able to find out info that they made industrial solvents
and resins, most or all of which was shipped in either 103's or 104's. I am
unaware of any pressurized tanks they had painted, or products that would
have required same.

Some of the other cars are also painted as liquid chlorine cars, whioch was
also not shipped in big 105's, AFAIK.

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