Edwardsville Intelligencer 13 April 1957

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Edwardsville Intelligencer
13 April 1957 - Edwardsville, Illinois, Saturday, April 13,1957...
Edwardsville, Illinois, Saturday, April 13,1957 6 Pages Co., just contract, for Officials of New Area Firm Discuss Rocket Fuel Troy on A the first the and and the units Dr Robert A. Cooley, Rosewood Heights (second from right), president o£ the newly formed Chemical Corp., discusses a new propcllant ingredient with two other officers of the firm and Us senior engineer at the recently-purchased plant site near Edwardsville. In photo are, left to right, Paul Blackmon, Wood River, vice-president, who a spokesman has said plans to move to Edwardsville; Richard P. Gundlach, Belleville, senior engineer; Dr. Cooley, and Roy H. Neighbors, St. Louis County, Mo., a vice-president. (Intelligencer photo) Propellex Corp. Set for Production ac- Caulk, Mr. and Debbie, parts Emerson club the Safe- the the of member The Propellex Chemical corporation, corporation, a new firm which recently purchased a plant site including several farm buildings on a 100- acre tract off State Route 112, about two miles northeast of Edwardsville, Edwardsville, announced Saturday the completion of organizational requirements to begin production, The new Edwardsville area firm, which was formed by a group of local area business and professional professional men, will be engaged principally in the manufacture of rocket pro- pcllanls and devices and explo- .Cigarette being of test cigarettes from been pub- the coating temperature in reduction causing should smoker With content level sives. The information regarding the new nearby manufacturing firm was released Saturday as officers announced the public offering for sale of 246,500 share of $1 par common stock. The stock will be offered for sale to the public in blocks of 100 shares or more at $1 per share. The sale will be conducted conducted on a "first - come - first- serve" basis, a spokesman for the firm's officers, who will conduct the sale, said. Officers of the firm are Dr. B. A, Cooley, Rosewood Heights, president; president; Roy H. Bleikamp, Bellefoun- taine Neighbors, Mo., and Paul H, Blackmon, Wood River, vice-presidents; vice-presidents; John G. Metzger, Wood River, secretary-treasurer, Directors Directors are the above named officers and the following: Dr. Ernest H. Lyons, nead of the chemistry department department of Prlnclpia college, who is also i consultant chemist; Karl Hoagland, of the law firm Green Hoagland of Alton, legal counsel; and Jack C, Wiseman, Alton, business, business, sales, and insurance consultant, consultant, Other business and legal consultants consultants associated with the firm include Dr. David C. Kalbfell, San Diego, Calif., consultant electronics expert, and Marshall H. Smith, Wood River, legal counsel. Dr. Cooley has had 15 years' continuous continuous experience in the field of explosives and propcllants; he was formerly head of the propcllants chemistry department of the Naval Ordnance Test Station, China Lake, Calif., and head of the rocket pro- pollant section of the explosives research department of Olin Math- leson Chemical Corp, Bloikamp was formerly head of the ordnance group, mechanical engineering section section of the explosives research de- prrlment at Olin Malhicson; Blackmon Blackmon was a project engineer for the tory, and a 21 by 18 foot frame building which will be used for raw material storage. Construction at Hie plant site is expected to start early in May. Principal products of the company company are a variety of solid propellants, propellants, specialized high-quality explosives, and propeUant and plosive actuated devices. Solid propellants may best be described as a combination of some type of fuel, such as plastic or rubber, and a chemical oxidize! to supply oxygen to the burning fuel, Thus a rocket propeUant does not need air in order to burn This explains why rocket propel lants are used in guided missiles which would fly at very high alti tudes, where there is practically no air to supply a conventional je engine. For example, the artifi cial satellites which will b launched next year by the U, S Government will be powered b; this type of fuel. Most rocket engines look muc! like a conventional bottle, and th solid propellant, along with som device to ignite the propellant a the proper time, is loaded into th bottle during assembly. When th propellant burns, it generates tremendous quantity of hot gas. t nozzle, similar to the neck of th bottle, directs all the resultin gas in one direction, and the re suiting reaction causes the rocke to fly in the opposite direction This action can be demonstrate by blowing up a balloon and the releasing it. All the air in the ba loon rushes out the mouthpiece and the balloon "takes off." By varying the composition the propellant, and the pressure under which it burns, an enginee )river Charged After Accident Ray C. Travis of Granite City as issued two traffic tickets by Sdwardsville police Friday even- ng following a three-car collision n East Vandalia street at the city can quite accurately control tl rate at which hot gas'^is generate Therefore, wherever there is requirement for a large amount gas for short periods of tim (Continued on Page 2) lion timio fairs "I as Cannon on services General has keep mils. According to the police report by fight Capt. Elvin Liencman, who ivestigated the accident and ssued the traffic tickets, the acci- out occurred at approximately :55 p.m., about 50 feet west of he underpass of East Vandalia lieet. Drivers of the other two cars in olved in the accident were listed _,s Fred Krcntzbcrg of route 3, Edwardsville, and Jean Vosburg, 422 West F.ourth street, also of Edwardsville. Edwardsville. Police said that at the time of accident, the Krentzberg auto was xaveling east on Vandalia street and the Vosburg car coming up he hill traveling west, followed by :he Travis car. The reports of the accident say that the Krcntzberg and Vosburg auto collided first and Travis, attempting attempting to pass the two cars, sideswiped the Krcntzberg car and caught the bumper and front fender fender of the Vosburg auto. No injuries were reported at the time of the accident and all three cars were able to leave the scene vder their own power. The Krcntz- berg auto received a damaged front fender and bumper, the Vosburg Vosburg car damage to the the grill, front fender and bumper, and as result of the sideswipe, the Travis car received damage to its entire left side. Travis was issued traffic tickets for traveling in the wrong lane and reckless driving. He is to appear appear before Justice of the Peace M. G. Schaucrte at noon Saturday. norc a the who for Peoria Man Killed PEORIA, III. (UP)-Herbert G. Stenger, 46, Peoria, was killed in a head on collision with a truck on III. 97 late Friday night, Installing 'Grain 1 in Rocket Motor development of an ejector carl- ridge used on a U.S. Air Force plane, and is an expert on ignition of propellants. Other full-time members of the stiff include Richard P. Gundlach. Belleville, senior engineer ancT Mrs. Mildred Warren, Godfrey, secretary, Bleikamp stated that the number of production employes the firm will need in the future is not immediately predictable, but lhat the firm expects to employ several research technicians within within the next few months, Although the plant site of Pro- pellex Chemical Corporation is located located near Edwardsville, the firm will maintain its present office at 227 Oakley Place, East Alton, until its construction program is virtually virtually completed, Plans are completed , to construct a 22 by 40 foot office ' building as well as five production buildings within the first 18 months, of operation. In addition, several of the buildings which existed at the time of purchase of the site will be remodeled for laboratory or storage .facilities. These include a 24 by 36 foot concrete block building, which will be converted for use as an office and labora- I Richard P. Gundlach (seated), senior engineer for the Propcllcx Chemical Corp., is shown installing a propeUant "grain" in a rocket motor at the firm's plant site as Roy H. Bleikamp, fountaine Neighbors, St. Louis County, Mo., a vice-president of firm, looks on, The site includes several farm buildings on a acre tract off State Route 112 about two miles northeast of Edwardsville. (Intelligencer photo)

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