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E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company was founded in July 1802 as a gun powder mill by Eleuthère Irénée du Pont on Brandywine Creek, near Wilmington, Delaware.

Du Pont later evoloved into one of the world's largest chemical companies, and in the 20th century led the polymer revolution[?] by developing many highly successful materials such as nylon, teflon and kevlar.

Today, DuPont is a multi-national chemicals and health care company with 2002 revenues of $24.5 billion.

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