Out of Thin Air: A History of Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., 1940-1990

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Contents
Figures and Tablesix
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Introductionxv
PART I. THE ROOTS OF ENTERPRISE1
1. The Entrepreneur and the Engineer3
Working on the Railroad3
The Oxyacetylene Industry6
Pool's Pancake Days8
Testing the Waters11
Leonard's Entrepreneurial Vision13
The Engineer Meets the Entrepreneur15
Carl Anderson and Engineering Excellence19
2. Air Products at War25
Chancing It25
Keeping the Wolf from the Door28
Pearl Harbor and the Lessons of War34
Technological Innovation36
Finances41
Detroit to Chattanooga41
Problems and Frustrations44

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Figures and Tables ix
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Introduction xv
  • PART I THE ROOTS OF ENTERPRISE 1
  • 1: The Entrepreneur and the Engineer 3
  • 2: Air Products at War 25
  • PART II COMING OF AGE 49
  • 3: Survival and Strategies 51
  • Notes 82
  • 4: Air Products Comes of Age 83
  • 5: The Technological Enterprise and Its Culture 109
  • PART III THE MODERN FIRM EMERGES 137
  • 6: Charting a New Course 139
  • Notes 169
  • 7: Investing in the Future 171
  • 8: Triumphs and Troubles 199
  • PART IV A FORTUNE 500 CORPORATION 231
  • 9: Maturity 233
  • Notes 261
  • 10: Planning for Growth 265
  • Notes 292
  • Technical Appendix 295
  • Note 301
  • Bibliography 303
  • Index 307
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