Four hundred million catalytic converters is a lot of clean air.
That’s because a catalytic converter cleans your car or truck’s exhaust as you drive (and these days, just about everything on the road has one).
Now these particular 400 million converters were turned out by BASF, the chemicals company – and their plant in Huntsville, Alabama is where they make more of them than any other BASF location in North America. So naturally, they had a bit of a celebration.
To mark a production milestone, yes, but also to take note of the jobs created in Huntsville (more than 650), taxes paid (more than $1.6 million a year), and the fact that the plant is an officially certified Virtually Zero Waste Facility (which means, yep, they don’t waste much).
And, should you be wondering, the catalytic converter first hit the road in 1975. But the original concept goes back to the 1950s – the work of a French war hero (WWI), engineer, and naturalized American citizen, Eugene Houdry. Thanks Eugene, and thanks BASF.