Hudson River Aniline Color Works, Rensselaer, NY, Painting by Otto Bollhagen, ca. 1909-1911
Source:  E. Verg, G. Plumpe and H. Schultheis,
Milestones: The Bayer Story (1863-1988),  Leverkusen: Bayer AG, 1988
Hudson River Aniline Color Works, ca. 1915
Source:  E. Verg, G. Plumpe and H. Schultheis,
Milestones: The Bayer Story (1863-1988), Leverkusen: Bayer AG, 1988
Originally Published in Textile Chemist & Colorist, Vol. 26, No. 8, August 1994, pp. 23-26.
Reprinted with Permission from AATCC, www.aatcc.org.
Reception for Dr. Harry W. Grimmel at BASF Rensselaer Plant-October 29, 1980.  Grimmel , Rensselaer Plant
Manager in 1926, Left GAF in 1947 to Found
Metro Dyestuff Corporation and Was President of  Its Successor
Hoechst Chemical Corporation, Retiring in 1970.

Seated Left to Right:  Dr. Harry W. Grimmel, Walter Drautz (Colorist, Retired); Joseph Halleck (Chief Colorist);
Leander Ricard (Colorist); Dr. Christian P. Vogel (Research Manager); Dr. William "Zeke" Wallace (Research);
Dr. Arnold Plue (Research); Frederick Rabe (Area Production Manager, Bldg. 87); Clemence Streck (QC Manager)

Standing Left to Right:  Dr. William Bradwell (Production Manager); Wolfgang Wehman (Engineering Dept.
Manager); Mr. Davis (Grimmel's Son-in-Law); Charles Stratton (Former Plant Manager)

Photo by Glen S. Cook & Son, Albany, NY; Courtesy of Leander Ricard
BASF Site Location
BASF Site Rensselaer
BASF Site Topo Map-USGS July 1, 1986
(Click to Enlarge)
BASF Site Aerial Photo-USGS April 20, 1995
(Click to Enlarge)
History of Buildings on Site
Additional Images of BASF Works
BASF Plant June 27, 2000
Photo:  Mike McMahon/Troy Record
Originally Published in AATCC Review, Vol. 1, No. 5, May 2001, pp.
17-18. Reprinted with Permission from AATCC, www.aatcc.org.
"DEC Decides on BASF Site: Lawmakers
Say Plan Does Not"-Troy Record
September 17, 2003
BASF Site Cleanup-Troy Record March 16, 2003
"Future of BASF"-TV News Video Clip on
Besicorp Project , Environmental Issues and
Scenes of Closed Plant, February 5, 2004
Future Newsprint Recycling/Power Plant at
Former BASF Site
(Click to Enlarge Photo Simulation from Besicorp)
Future Site Concept-Besicorp-Empire Project
(Click to Enlarge)
Originally Published in AATCC Review, Vol., 4, No. 11, November 2004, pp. 14-16.  
Reprinted with Permission from AATCC, www.aatcc.org.
ColorantsHistory.Org is grateful to Leander Ricard for his significant contributions on the
history of the dye industry in Rensselaer, New York and on dye processing technology.  
Biography of Emanuel von Salis, Manufacturing Chemist in Rensselaer Dye Industry
Rensselaer Dye Industry History
ColorantsHistory.Org
Albany Coal Tar Dye and Chemical Company
Advertisement for dyes made by the Hudson River Aniline Color Works
Technique, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1897
BASF Rensselaer Descriptive Brochure ca. 1993
Ground Broken for New Power Plant-November 2007
New-Historic Photos of BASF Works
Biography of Rensselaer Chemist Dr. William G. Huey