The Institute Site was originally built in 1943 as a government facility for production of synthetic rubber for the war effort. In 1947 Union Carbide purchased the plant from the government to produce commodity-type products. Over the years, the make-up of the plant has changed from production of commodity chemicals to specialty chemicals.
In December 1986, the plant was sold to a French chemical manufacturer, Rhone-Poulenc. Rhone-Poulenc became Aventis CropScience in January 2000 and then became Bayer CropScience in 2002. Union Carbide Corporation repurchased the site from Bayer CropScience, effective April 1, 2015. Union Carbide became a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company in 2001.
Union Carbide facilities at the Institute Site produce about 500 million pounds of specialty chemical products annually. Nearly all of the site’s units are ISO-9002 or equivalent registered. Union Carbide produces a variety of products at the Institute Site that are used in consumer products including shampoo, contact lens products, paint, pharmaceuticals, liquid detergent, all purpose cleaners, sinus tablets, antifreeze, hair spray and nail polish remover.