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Coors Porcelain

Coors Porcelain Company was acquired by Adolph Coors, owner of Adolph Coors Brewing Company, in 1920. At their headquarters in Golden, Colorado, “Coors USA” specialized in brewing and, with the help of Colorado School of Mines professor Herman Fleck, developed a revenue stream from heat-resistant, durable ceramic dinnerware. The Company assisted the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) with two main operations: ceramic insulation for radioactivity in the 1940s and fuel element production in the 1960s. The company handled such materials as beryllium oxide uranium fuel in its work with the AEC. Lawrence Radiation Laboratory awarded Coors a two-year contract in 1963 to produce enriched uranium and beryllium fuel elements for the Tory II-C nuclear ramjet engine. The company subsequently moved to produce other technological advancements: cold isostatic pressing in the 1940s; metallizing, tape casting and hot isostatic pressing in the 1950s; and multilayer ceramic capacitors in the 1960s.


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