The Cold War

Outside the Government's huge $7,500,000 synthetic rubber plant at Baton Rouge one day last week, a crowd of bigwigs gathered. They had come to watch while the Copolymer Corp.,† which operates the plant, switched to 100% production of "cold rubber." It was the first U.S. synthetic plant to make the changeover. Copolymer's President A. L. Freedlander thought his guests were witnessing a revolution.

Cold rubber (so called because it is cooked at 41° Fahrenheit, compared to 122° for regular synthetic) has been the sensation of the U.S. synthetic industry. Researchers first produced it during...

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