A small team from a the B.F. Goodrich Tire company lead by a brilliant chemist built a prototype for the future in the mid 20th century. In Akron Ohio PVC was invented in a small lab by Waldo Semon. From lab to factory for completely new products has been fast in the past and will be again.
Turning polyvinylchloride (PVC) into plastics: Greater Cleveland Innovations
The water pipes in your house, the tires on your car, the shower curtain in your bathroom, the vinyl tile on your kitchen floor, the frames on your replacement windows, the hose in your garden, the toys in your children's playroom -- all use PVC.