A HISTORY OF MAKING
THE BEST BETTER

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  • Purdue University chemist Henry B. Hass begins nitroparaffins research pic1

    The development of nitroparaffins originated in Smackover, Arkansas, when research chemist Henry Hass began studying the commercial applications of natural gas.

    Over the next nine years, Hass researched the chemical potential of paraffin gasses. While working with Hass, graduate student Byron Vanderbilt discovered a process to produce nitroparaffins through vaporization. Later, graduate student Edward Hodge improved the process and discovered that vapor phase nitration of propane produces four products: nitromethane, nitroethane, 1-nitropropane and 2-nitropropane. Hodge's research confirmed Vanderbilt's proposition that the nitration process would work with any paraffin hydrocarbon.

  • First nitroparaffin patent granted pic1

    On July 24, Hass, Hodge and Vanderbilt received a joint patent for a batch process and continuous-flow reaction to produce nitroparaffins.

  • Commercial Solvents Corporation (CSC) enters licensing agreement with Purdue pic1

    In 1935, CSC licensed the nitration process and hired Hodge to initiate production. Meanwhile, Hass and Vanderbilt carried out additional CSC-sponsored research at Purdue.

  • CSC begins commercial nitroparaffin production
  • International Minerals and Chemical Corporation (IMC) purchases CSC and creates separate nitroparaffins division
  • Alberta Natural Gas buys nitroparaffins business, forming ANGUS Chemical Company pic1

    Alberta Natural Gas and Pacific Gas Transmission Company bought the nitroparaffins business from IMC and established ANGUS (Alberta Natural Gas United States) Chemical Company. ANGUS was the first company solely committed to manufacturing and marketing nitroparaffins.

  • ANGUS begins construction of European Fine Chemicals plant (AFCL) in County Cork, Ireland, and establishes European information offices in England and France
  • Singapore office opens to improve service to Asia/Pacific markets
  • ANGUS moves into new corporate headquarters and research and development (R&D) center in Buffalo Grove
  • Dow Purchases ANGUS
  • ANGUS completes construction of a multi-million dollar Market Development Facility pic1

    The facility is part of the Sterlington, Louisiana manufacturing site and helps validate the new-to-the world molecules the company is developing with its unique nitration process.

  • AMP Granted VOC-Exemption Status pic1

    Effective June 25, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officially removed AMP, a crucial formulation ingredient for the paint & coatings industry, from the Clean Air Act’s list of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). AMP is the only amine approved by the EPA for the VOC exemption.

  • Investment group seeks to unleash the growth potential of ANGUS pic1

    Golden Gate Capital, a private equity investment firm with more than $12 billion of committed capital under management, purchases ANGUS with a look toward long-term growth, expanded capacity, continued R&D and excellent customer service through a global network of Customer Application Centers.