WASHINGTON, April 6, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Wednesday, April 6th. For much of history, a cooked meal was followed by the drudgery of scrubbing the pans used to prepare it. But something was discovered this week in 1938 that changed all that, a solidified refrigerant gas that we now know as Teflon. Developed by Roy Plunkett of the DuPont Company and tested for about 10 years, slippery Teflon revolutionized cooking utensils in the 1960s. By the time he died in the early 1990s, most new cooking pans in the nation where coated with his invention. Today, Teflon is used in everything from semiconductors to communications cables and even clothing. The nation's 13,000 chemical manufacturers employ almost 715,000 workers, and generate annual sales of nearly $790 billion. You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy, from the American Community Survey, at www.census.gov.
Discovery/accessed 2/5/2016: http://www2.dupont.com/Phoenix_Heritage/en_US/1938_detail.html
Plunkett biography/accessed 2/5/2016: http://www.humantouchofchemistry.com/roy-j-plunkett-discovers-teflon.htm
Adaptability of Teflon/accessed 2/5/2016: http://toefco.com/the-many-uses-of-teflon-a-k-a-ptfe/
Manufacturers and employees/NAICS 325: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=BP_2013_00A1&prodType=table
Employees and value of shipments/NAICS 325: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ASM_2014_31AS101&prodType=table
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau