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 acid.


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