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


Air Products and Chemicals grew out of the vision and drive of one individual, Leonard Pool. In the course of 50 years, Pool's precarious project has become a major, multinational corporation. Words like entrepreneurship, sales, finance, engineering, and technology are central to the history of Air Products. So too are concepts like being a late entrant to an established business, struggling to find market niches, moving into new fields of endeavor, and breaking through to the level where economies of scale and scope would allow a secure future as a major player on a global scale.


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