In the 1989 Batman film, DA Dent is investigating multiple companies believed to be fronts for Carl Grissom's criminal operations; at one point Grissom calls a meeting with his lieutenants to discuss how to keep Dent from connecting Axis Chemicals to his syndicate (not the real purpose for the meeting, but that's beside the point).

What kind of criminal operations would a boss like Grissom need a chemical plant as a front for?

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    Drug manufacture, money laundering are two possibilities right off the top of my head – Paulie_D Jul 6 '20 at 21:41
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    Real life mobs have always been tied to industry and union heavy businesses. Chem factory no different from concrete plants and shipyards. They are also low competition businesses so easy to keep multiple books. Also a basis for explosives manufacturing. – cde Jul 7 '20 at 1:36

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