ASRC HISTORY

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    1942

    Ground breaking and site construction began

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    1943

    Plant opens and is operated by the U.S. Government Defense Plant Corp. for the war effort; Company name is National Synthetic Rubber Corporation

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    1950

    Plant re-opens to support Korean conflict

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    1952

    Plant restarts as Kentucky Synthetic Rubber Corporation

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    1954

    Government sells the facility; becomes American Synthetic Rubber Corporation

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    1955

    Owned and operated by Consortium of Customers/Stockholders

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    1957

    Began liquid polymer production of solid rocket fuel binder; plant expansion

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    1960

    Built PBR Solution Plant; Philips License 50/50 Joint Venture with Stauffer Chemical – formed American Rubber Corporation

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    1975

    Michelin became controlling stockholder

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    1976

    Michelin became controlling stockholder

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    1981

    Michelin technology added to enhance production systems

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    1981

    Shutdown and mothballed Old WW II Emulsion Plant

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    1987

    ASRC launches first new product in 27 years, a synthetic rubber with three proprietary polymers

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    1988

    Rapid, intensive growth; SSBR new types and expansion

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    1990

    ASRC implements major environmental projects: emission reduction techniques and self-contained water treatment facility

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    1992

    Michelin takes full ownership of ASRC; Facility adds $25 million powerhouse to co-generate energy for plant use

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    1992

    Celebrated 50 years of business

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    1995

    Completed fourth finishing line

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    1996

    Completed separate system and fifth finishing line

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    1999

    ASRC implements multi-million dollar employee ergonomics program

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    2000

    ASRC changes name to American Synthetic Rubber Company, LLC

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    2001

    ASRC earns ISO14001 designation for environmental management; $2.5 million state of the art control room complex opens

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    2003

    ASRC installs regenerative thermal oxidizer for emission control

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    2004

    ASRC announces additional environmental projects to reduce emissions an additional 50 percent(compared to 2003 emissions)

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    2004

    Obtained MQS Certification

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    2005

    Installation of a new thermal oxidizer, a major component in ASRC’s emission reduction project

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    2006

    Finishing unit upgrade

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    2006

    ASRC became the first chemical company in Kentucky to be accepted into the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Environmental Performance Track program. The program rewards facilities that consistently exceed regulatory requirements, work closely with their communities, and excel in protecting the environment and public health

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    2008

    Completed Line 7 installation

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    2012

    Celebrated 70 years of business

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    2013

    UL5 conversion

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    2015

    UL12 conversion

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    2016

    Started production of BR343

ASRC HISTORY

1943 National Synthetic Rubber Corporation opens in support of U.S. war effort in WWII

1954 Purchased from the U.S. government; becomes American Synthetic Rubber Corporation

1957 Begins production of liquid polymer used in binding rocket fuel

1976 ASRC selected by NASA as official supplier of liquid polymer for space flights

1987 Launches first new product in 27 years: a synthetic rubber with three proprietary polymers

1990 Implements major environmental projects: emission reduction techniques and self-contained water-treatment facility

1992 Adds $25 million powerhouse to co-generate energy for plant use

2001 Earns ISO 14001 designation for environmental management; $2.5 million state-of-the-art control room complex opens

2003 Installs a regenerative thermal oxidizer for emission control

2004 Announces new environmental projects to reduce emissions an additional 50%

2005 Installs a flare thermal oxidizer and reduces emissions by 90%

2006 Becomes first chemical company in Kentucky to be accepted into U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “National Environmental Performance Track” program

2006 Named Master Member of KY EXCEL, the environmental leadership program of the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection

2009 Begins development of the Campground Natural Area, a 75-acre former landfill near the ASRC facility, for use as a natural habitat for wildlife and native grasses/flowers

2011 Celebrates 50th anniversary of first rubber bale produced

2012 Celebrates 70 years continous operation in Louisville

2012  Honored by Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission on “Earth Day 2012” for efforts to develop and maintain Campground Natural Habitat near plant

2013 Converts production line to more environmentally-friendly solvent for rubber manufacturing process in first step of plant-wide conversion