Re: Hercules Powder tankcar et al.



Hercules bought PICCO in 1973 well after the time frame of this list.

If the waste from the plant gives you any hint of activities, they buried 85,000 tons of hazardous waste in Jefferson Borough. The site is on the National Priority List. Items disposed were benzene, styrene, naphthalene, lead, clay polycake and dechlor polycake from resin filters. These wastes were generated by PICCO at the Clariton plant from 1950 - mid 1980's (covers time frame for list)

Rich Orr

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From: Gatwood, Elden J SAD <elden.j.gatwood@...>
To: STMFC@...
Sent: Tue, Jul 20, 2010 11:31 am
Subject: RE: [STMFC] Hercules Powder tankcar et al.


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

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From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...] On Behalf Of Kurt


Sent: Monday, July 19, 2010 8:52 PM

To: STMFC@...

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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