Westvaco, now Astaris (but better known as FMC), had been in
operation at Ninth and Maple streets for only a month when it was
inundated by flood waters during the flood. Newspaper reports from
1951 said the Westvaco plant cost $3.5 million to build and an
addition $1 million was spent on repairs and clean-up at the plant.
The plant makes industrial and food grade phosphates and phosphoric