1912 Hopewell, Virginia

Hopewell’s 28,000 employees were mostly new to the industry, presenting DuPont with a huge training challenge. It was also a challenge to house them. DuPont created a village at Hopewell complete with paved streets, schools, churches and shops. Although DuPont’s Development Department began considering a postwar role for Hopewell as early as 1915, it was too large to be adapted to new product lines and was abandoned at war’s end. More than 80 years later, DuPont purchased another Hopewell plant when it acquired ICI’s worldwide polyester film business. The current plant manufactures Melinex® PET and Kaladex PEN polyester films and is the largest polyester film facility in the world.