In early 2016, I ventured to the remains of Universal Atlas Cement, a former cement plant in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania. It opened in 1906 and closed in 1979.

Work to modernize the Universal Atlas Plant began in 1953, which continued on until 1972.

United States Steel, the owner of the plant, announced drastic cutbacks at 16 plants affecting 13,000 workers on November 27, 1979. Included in the notice was Universal Atlas Cement, impacting 180 employees.

Aerials showed the plant derelict by 1993 and partially demolished by 2005. It’s been in an idled state with the general offices, a set of silos and the slag dump remaining intact.

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