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Picturing The Past: DuPont's Fotofax Provided A Wealth Of Information


July 30, 2018

In September 1956, the E.I. DuPont Company purchased thousands of acres in Transylvania and Henderson counties to build the first full-scale silicon plant in the United States. Located north of the Cedar Mountain community, the area provided unpolluted air and clean water from the Little River, which was required for the production of hyper-pure silicon.

Silicon was used for electronic devices such as radios, televisions and telephone switchboards. It was a booming industry in the late 1950s. However, within just a few years demand was down and DuPont decided to close its silicon produc...

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