General Plastics--the company that would become Durez--is incorporated in 1921 by Texas-born Harry Mason Dent (1888-1967) in North Tonawanda. Dent was a chemist with E.I. Du Pont Nemours when he discovered a method to mass produce phenolic plastics, which will become extremely useful in consumer products from automobiles to electronics and beyond. The Walck Road plant is completed in 1940 for $2.5 million. Durez is sold to Hooker Chemical Corporation in 1955 for $50 million. Mr. Dent dies on June 6, 1967.