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1969

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First LNG from Alaska to Japan

Phillips pioneers the first shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Alaska to Japan.

1960s

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Research and Refinery Expansion

Conoco funds a new $2 million research facility in Ponca City; expands refineries in Ponca City, Baltimore, Denver and Lake Charles; and erects a new refinery in Billings, MT.

1957

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Phillips “Marlex”: The making of a Hula Hoop

The Wham-O “Hula Hoop,” made from Phillips Petroleum polyolefin plastic trademarked “Marlex,” sells 25 million in just two months, sparking a national fad.

Hula Hoop

1951

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Phillips Enters Plastics Business

Phillips invents polyethylene plastics and discovers and develops a new process to produce high-density polyethylene resins, launching Phillips’ entry into the plastics business.

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