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Nicholson has been the owner and proprietor of Nicholson Electroplating Plant since 1915. A keen and calculated businessman, Nicholson recruited Harold McLellan as chief chemist, who also proposed a formula to chemically polish aluminum. The process was revolutionary and would give Nicholson a considerable competitive business edge. Unfortunately, McLellan personally attempted to sell the formula himself to Hughes Aircraft through Vernon Mapes, while cutting out Nicholson.
Events of L.A. Noire
Unfortunately, McLellan's process was actually dangerously unsafe and caused a massive explosion during a test, due to a reaction with linseed oil. Nicholson returned to the ruined plant and was questioned by Detective Cole Phelps for leads. A victim of subterfuge, Nicholson's business was effectively ruined.