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Holston Army Ammunition Plant, RDX-and-Composition-B Manufacturing Line 9, Kingsport, Sullivan County, TN

Holston Army Ammunition Plant, RDX-and-Composition-B Manufacturing Line 9, Kingsport, Sullivan County, TN

 
 
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Summary

Significance: Line 9 is highly representative of the 10 production lines constructed at HSAAP during WWII for the manufacture of the military high explosive Composition B, and its chief ingredient RDX. These buildings embodied the world's first, large-scale, industrial application of the "Bachmann method," which revolutionized the production of RDX by replacing an expensive, labor-intensive batch technology with a cost-efficient, mass-production operation. The HSAAP manufacturing lines also greatly improved on previous procedures for producing Composition B...
Survey number: HAER TN-10-B
Building/structure dates: 1943 Initial Construction
Building/structure dates: after 1965 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1973 Subsequent Work

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Date

1969 - 1980
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Contributors

Historic American Engineering Record, creator
Bachmann , Werner E
Tennessee Eastman Corporation
U.S. Department of the Army
National Defense Research Committee
Fraser-Brace Company
Charles T. Main Incorporated
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Holston Defense Corporation
Tompkins, Sally Kress, program manager
Lange, Robie S, project manager
Building Technology Incorporated, contractor
Mack, Robert C, historian
Dennett Muessig, Ryan and Associates Ltd, photographer
MacDonald and Mack Partnership, contractor
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Location

Kingsport (Tenn.)36.54843, -82.56182
Google Map of 36.548434, -82.5618186
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Source

Library of Congress
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No known restrictions on images made by the U.S. Government; images copied from other sources may be restricted. http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/res/114_habs.html

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