Bayway Refinery, Chemical cartels, culture, education, Enjay Chemical, From a Gentleman's Viewpoint, history, isopropyl alcohol, John D.Rockefeller, leadership, New Jersey, Record album cover, Standard Oil of New Jersey
Chemicals are everywhere.
It is not always clear to the public what the dangers of those chemicals may be, i.e. hazardous or not, or how they are being sold. Of course, those companies producing the chemicals are subject to the rules and regulations from the authorities. Who checks whether or not they really religiously follow them though? Let us forget here for a moment about the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and focus on how these chemical cartels invaded modern life.
Have you ever seen those “propaganda videos” by the large chemical companies? Have you ever looked at one of those newspaper ads by the “Number One Chemical Company” perhaps, or read a financial report by them?
For sure you probably have never seen this LP record album made for the ENJAY Chemical Company as a give-away promotional item to their clients. I believe this one dates from the mid-sixties or even early seventies. The gate fold album has a number of images on the front cover (right) reminding me of shots from a TV screen. The back cover (left) shows the various applications for the use of these chemicals, or the consumer products containing them. Economies of scale have seen many smaller companies sold in the mid to later part of the Twentieth Century to large industrial complexes. They were also bought and sold to take them and their competitive products out of the marketplace all together, and many misdeeds and liabilities went out the window with the sale of some of them at the same time.
Inside of the gatefold, on the right, we find a list of chemicals produced by ENJAY and in the blue box the actual notes on the music performed for this album. The left hand side contains the “message” they wish to sell to you and is shown below.
Never heard of Enjay? Neither had I. Enjay is one of the predecessor companies of what is now the Exxon Mobil Chemical Company.
In the early sixties Enjay was a subsidiary of the Esso Chemical Company within the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey that later became known as Exxon Chemical. Enjay assumed the products and processing assets of Standard Oil in the form of the Bayway Oil Refinery located in Northern New Jersey in the townships of Linden and Elisabeth. This particular refinery is the most Northern refinery along the eastern sea coast. It also operates a Petrochemical plant producing additives, lubricants and polypropylene. The Bayway complex was the leading research facility of the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey, formed when Standard Oil, founded by John D. Rockefeller, was broken up by the Sherman Antitrust Law in 1911. In 1919, The scientists employed at Bayway were able to produce a worldwide “first” called Isopropyl alcohol. Isopropyl alcohol has many uses, such as, medical, and as an additive in fuel tanks, or as “rubbing alcohol”. It can also be converted through a chemical process into acetone that in turn, is a component of the cordite explosives used in World War One.
A few notes for the real music lovers are found here. Who said a chemical company cannot produce something in “good taste”? According to the notes on the cover, this is collector’s album volume one, I am not sure if there were other albums issued.
The Bayway complex has seen troubled times and accidents as well, WABC TV did a reportage on the plant in 2010 and alluded to issues of compliance with environmental regulations.