AK Steel Ashland Works

AK Steel Ashland Works

The AK Steel Ashland, Kentucky works is a 700-acre integrated steel mill that contains a blast furnace, basic oxygen furnace and related production facilities. It featured a coke plant, hot strip and a second blast furnace.

Location: Russell, Kentucky
Status: Active

Alpha Portland Cement Company

Alpha Portland Cement Company

Cement silos and remains of industrial structures once adorned the Alpha Portland Cement Company in Ironton, Ohio.

Location: Ironton, Ohio
Status: Demolished

Ault and Wiborg Company

Ault and Wiborg Company

The Ault & Wiborg Company on East 7th Street in Cincinnati, Ohio was constructed in 1930 for the Queen City Printing Company. The business was a manufacturer of printing inks and dry color dyes and pigments that innovated the industry with coal-tar dyes.

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Status: Demolished

Barboursville Clay Manufacturing Company

Barboursville Brick

The Barboursville Clay Manufacturing Company was located in Barboursville, West Virginia and operated from 1904 to 1979.

Location: Barboursville, West Virginia
Status: Demolished

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Buchanan Fuel Krypton Loadout

The Krypton Loadout is a small surface coal mining operation one mile west of Krypton, Kentucky. It is located along the CSX Eastern Kentucky Subdivision, formerly part of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad.

Location: Krypton, Kentucky
Status: Abandoned

Buckeye Ordnance Works

The Buckeye Ordnance Works was in operation for only three brief years during World War II, and was later used in the production of agricultural products, bio-fuel, and various chemicals in South Point, Ohio.

Location: South Point, Ohio
Status: Demolished

Carlyle Labold Tile and Brick Company

Carlyle Labold Tile and Brick Company

The Carlyle Labold Tile and Brick Company in Coal Grove, Ohio manufactured tile and brick.

Location: Coal Grove, Ohio
Status: Demolished

Cavanaugh Company

The Cavanaugh Company was an hardware wholesale supply company that supplied cast iron pipe, corrugated pipe, road machinery, metallic paints, terra cotta, windows and fireproof doors, among many other items in Youngstown, Ohio.

Location: Youngstown, Ohio
Status: Abandoned

City Mills

City Mills

The City Mills Building is located in Mansfield, Ohio and served as a warehouse for the Sandusky and Mansfield Railroad and then as a mill for City Mills and Gilbert, Waugh and Company. It is now being restored.

Location: Mansfield, Ohio
Status: Renovated

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Champion Paper

Champion Paper, which later became Champion International Paper, International Paper and then Smart Papers, was a paper mill in Hamilton, Ohio. It operated along the banks of the Great Miami River between 1894 and 2012. Portions of the complex have been razed.

Location: Hamilton, Ohio
Status: Demolished

Consolidated Grain

Consolidated Grain

Closed in 1993, Consolidated Grain consisted of 40 silos that dominated the skyline in the west side of Cincinnati, Ohio for decades.

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Status: Abandoned

Crosley Building

Crosley Building

The Crosley Radio Corporation, which was at one time the largest manufacturer of table-top radios in the United States, was based from Cincinnati, Ohio. Headed by Powel Crosley, Jr., he pioneered the ideal of affordable radios, appliances and other housewares.

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Status: Abandoned

Crowell-Collier Publishing Company

Crowell Publishing Company

The Crowell Publishing Company was the world’s largest magazine publishing house and the manufacturing plant was located in Springfield, Ohio. By the early 1900s, Crowell was home to The American Magazine, The Woman’s Home Companion, Collier’s, The National Weekly, Farm and Fireside and The Mentor, among others. It had a monthly circulation of over 10 million copies with an average of ten carloads of magazines produced per working day.

Location: Springfield, Ohio
Status: Abandoned

Elk Creek Coal Company Preparation Plant

Location:
Status: Demolished

Farmers Grain Company (Carlos, Indiana)

Farmers Grain Company

Location: Carlos, Indiana
Status: Abandoned

Fostoria Glass

Fostoria Glass Company

Once a huge glass producing plant of over 1,000 employees, foreign competition and outdated equipment forced the Fostoria Glass Company’s closure in 1986 in Moundsville, West Virginia.

Location: Moundsville, West Virginia
Status: Demolished

Frank Sherman Company

Frank Sherman Company

The Frank Sherman Company was a former scrap metal dealer in Youngstown, Ohio that incorporated in 1947 and closed in 2001 after it was discovered that fraudulent transactions were occurring between the company and a supplier.

Location: Youngstown, Ohio
Status: Abandoned

Harding-Jones Paper Company

Harding-Jones Paper Company

The Harding-Jones Paper Company was located on South Main Street in Excello, Ohio and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Harding-Jones Paper Company Historic District in 1975. A significant, early example of Ohio industry, the mill was mostly owned by the Harding and Jones families for most of its operation. The mill was adjacent to the first lock completed on the Miami-Erie Canal. The district also includes two residences, a carriage house and a canal lock.

Location: Excello, Ohio
Status: Abandoned

Indiana Ammunitions Depot

Indiana Army Ammunition Plant

The Indiana Army Ammunition Plant (INAAP), located just southeast of Charlestown, Indiana, was spurred by the passage of the first National Defense Appropriations Act.10 Four days later, the Munitions Program was passed, in which the U.S. Ordinance Department sponsored private manufacturing corporations to design and produce ammunitions factories, producing smokeless gunpowder and other ordinances.

Location: Charlestown, Indiana
Status: Abandoned

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Iron Furnaces

The Hanging Rock region of southern Ohio and Kentucky produced a significant amount of iron in the United States.

Location: Southern Ohio, Kentucky
Status: Abandoned

January and Wood Company

January and Wood Company

Once operating as a textile for nearly as long as the river town of Maysville, Kentucky has existed, the January and Wood Company closed its doors in 2003. Demolition began soon after, but was ordered stopped due to improper demolition techniques. It has since been fully demolished.

Location: Maysville, Kentucky
Status: Demolished

Jeannette Glass

Jeannette Glass

The Jeannette Glass Company was founded in Jeannette, Pennsylvania in 1887 and has been closed since 1983. The property has steadily deteriorated since then, and is heavily contaminated.

Location: Jeannette, Pennsylvania
Status: Abandoned

Joseph & Feiss Company

Joseph & Feiss Company

The Joseph & Feiss Company was located in Cleveland, Ohio and was the oldest manufacturer of tailored apparel for men in the United States. Their primary plant, partially demolished, is slated for redevelopment into market-rate apartments.

Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Status: Abandoned

Kentucky Fire Brick Company

Kentucky Fire Brick Company

The Kentucky Fire Brick Company had a large plant at Haldeman, Kentucky, which produced brick utilized by the Illinois Steel Company of Chicago, Illinois.

Location: Haldeman, Kentucky
Status: Abandoned

Lee Clay Products

Lee Clay Products

Lee Clay Products is a former brick factory in Clearfield, Kentucky southwest of Morehead. It was served by the now-abandoned Morehead & North Fork Railroad.

Location: Morehead, Kentucky
Status: Active

Lempco Industries

Lempco Industries

Lempco was an industrial facility located in New Lexington, Ohio that manufactured die sets, guiding components and springs for the automotive industry. Based out of Cleveland, the company was founded in 1917 by James F. Strnad, who began a small machine shop to work on government projects during World War I. The New Lexington facility closed on December 31, 2003 after a prolonged decline in business.

Location: New Lexington, Ohio
Status: Abandoned

Lonaconing Silk Mill

Lonaconing Silk Mill

The Lonaconing Silk Mill, also referred to as the Klotz Throwing Company, is the last intact silk mill in the United States. It is located in Lonaconing, Maryland within the National Lonaconing Historic District, and the site was nominated by the George’s Creek Watershed Association for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

Location: Lonaconing, Maryland
Status: Closed

Louisville Varnish Company

Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Status: Abandoned

The Mechanical Rubber Company

The Mechanical Rubber Company

Collected in several lots at Lisbon and Evins Street in Cleveland, Ohio were several notable industries, including the Cleveland Rubber Company that later became Mechanical Rubber and the Sawyer Belting Company. Both were merged into the United States Rubber Company that became known as Uniroyal. Another lot was home to the Glidden Varnish Company that grew expoentially to become one of the largest paint producers in the United States. It was also the site of the Gerson-Stewart Corporation, which produced cleaning compounds and sanitation chemicals, and adjacent to that was Strong, Cobb and Company that had become the largest custom formulator of pharmaceuticals in the nation. The propery was also home to the Ohio Confection Company and the Pennsylvania Refining Company, the latter of which was merged into Pennzoil, and other sundries. Most of the site has since been demolished or is abandoned.

Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Status: Abandoned

Moser Leather Company

Moser Leather Company

The Moser Leather Company was founded in 1878 in New Albany, Indiana, and produced high grade leather for harnesses and collar manufacturers, before expanding into a wholesale leather business. At the height of operations, Moser was one of five tanneries in New Albany, attracted to the area in part due to the abundance of native chestnut trees. The trees have a natural tannin in the tree bark, and nuts that were used in the tanning process. The natural materials used resulted in a vegetative tanning process. Moser closed in 2002.

Location: New Albany, Indiana
Status: Abandoned

New Boston Coke Corporation

New Boston Coke Corporation

The New Boston Coke Corporation was once part of the Portsmouth Steel complex in New Boston, Ohio that employed nearly 5,000 during its height in the mid-20th century. Due to foreign competition and outdated technology, the integrated mill was closed in 1980 while the coke plant remained, becoming an independent operation before closing in 2002 due to massive pollution emission violations.

Location: New Boston, Ohio
Status: Demolished

Olive Hill Fire Brick Company

Located within a very rich clay deposit, fire brick was produced for decades in Olive Hill, Kentucky that was shipped worldwide.

Location: Olive Hill, Kentucky
Status: Abandoned

Packard Automotive Plant

Packard Automotive Plant

The Packard Automotive Plant is a former automobile manufacturing facility in Detroit, Michigan, known for its infamous slogan, “Ask the Man Who Owns One,” and its luxurious automobiles. Constructed in 1903, the factory employed 40,000 at its peak before closing in 1958. Portions of the complex remained in operation for other businesses until 2010.

Location: Detroit, Michigan
Status: Abandoned

Pantasote

Located within the heavily polluted West Virginia Ordnance Works facility, this small manufacturer of resins had its own wealth of environmental problems.

Location: West Virginia
Status: Abandoned

Parker Tobacco Company

Parker Tobacco Company

Parker Tobacco Company was tobacco redrying and threshing plant that became a large tobacco leaf purchasing, processing, marketing and commercial storage operation in Maysville, Kentucky.

Location: Maysville, Kentucky
Status: Demolished

Peter's Cartridge Company

Peters Cartridge Company

Peter’s Cartridge Company is a former smokeless ordnance and shot shell ammunition factory in Kings Mill, Ohio. Located along the Little Miami River, the 71-acre Peters Cardridge factory began production of ordnance in 1887, ending in 1944.

Location: Kings Mill, Ohio
Status: Under Renovations

Pilgrim Glass Company

The Pilgrim Glass Company was located in Ceredo, West Virginia and was founded in 1949 by Alfred Knobler after he acquired the Tri-State Glass Manufacturing Company. Early production pieces of Pilgrim included hand-blown crackle glass, although the company became known for their cranberry glass, which was a temperamental combination of gold and lead oxide, that led Pilgrim to become the largest producer of cranberry in the world. After not finding a buyer for the business, Knobler closed Pilgrim Glass in 2002.

Location: Ceredo, West Virginia
Status: Renovated

Plibricore Refractories

Plibricore Refractories

Located in the tiny community of Blackfork, Ohio, Plibricore Refractories was a former brick factory that begun its operations in the early-1900s.

Location: Blackfork, Ohio
Status: Demolished

The Portsmouth Brewing and Ice Company

The Portsmouth Brewing and Ice Company

The Portsmouth Brewing and Ice Company is a defunct brewery in Portsmouth, Ohio.

Location: Portsmouth, Ohio
Status: Demolished

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Republic Rubber

The Republic Rubber Company was located in Youngstown, Ohio and manufactured tires and hoses for the automotive and aerospace industries. At its peak, Republic employed 2,300 with a payroll of $4 million. The facility closed in 1989.

Location: Youngstown, Ohio
Status: Abandoned

Rockwell International

This very large industrial building in Winchester, Kentucky was once home to Rockwell International, which made truck axles. When it left 15 years ago, the building became abandoned and was only revived in the past two years by a recycling company and a truck driving school. Other parts are currently used for storage.

Location: Winchester, Kentucky
Status: Active

Selby Shoe Company

Selby Shoe Company

The Selby Shoe Company opened a four-story factory along South Third Street in Ironton, Ohio in 1926. The facility was purchased in 1943 by the Wilson Athletic Goods Mfg. Co.

Location: Ironton, Ohio
Status: Abandoned

Shenango China

Shenango China Company

Shenango China was once one of America’s great restaurantware and dinnerware manufacturers. Located in New Castle, Pennsylvania, Shenango produced Incaware, “Castleton China” and “American Haviland,” along with other brands and styles.

Location: New Castle, Pennsylvania
Status: Abandoned

Springfield Metallic Casket Company

Springfield Metallic Casket Company

The Springfield Metallic Casket Company was located in Springfield, Ohio. Established in 1884, the factory was the largest producer of metallic caskets in the United States.

Location: Springfield, Ohio
Status: Abandoned

Stearns and Foster Company

Stearns and Foster Company

Once the largest cotton consumer in the United States, this aged factory in Lockland, Ohio underwent new management and promptly began downsizing and eventually closed this location’s doors for good in 2003.

Location: Lockland, Ohio
Status: Demolished

Marquette Cement Manufacturing Company

Superior Portland Cement Company

The Superior Portland Cement Company was located in Superior, Ohio along the Detroit, Toledo & Ironton Railroad.

Location: Superior, Ohio
Status: Demolished

Texas Company Oil Refinery

Texola, Kentucky was home to a Texas Company Oil Refinery from 1920 until 1945.

Location: Texola, Kentucky
Status: Abandoned

Tygart Limestone Company

Tygart Limestone Company

The Lawton Limestone Company was located in Lawton, Kentucky along the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad. It later became the Tygart Limestone Company, which opened an underground mine that grew to 2.6 million square feet in size. After the mine closed, the tunnels were used to grow mushrooms. An ill-fated attempt in the 2000’s to convert the mines into a data center ended when it was discovered the high-tech data storage company was fraudulent.

Location: Lawton, Kentucky
Status: Abandoned

Van Dorn Iron Works

Van Dorn Iron Works

The Van Dorn Iron Works was located at 2685-2700 East 79th Street in the Kinsman neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio. The manufacturing plant relocated in 1991.

Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Status: Demolished

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Wean United

Wean United was located at 219 South Phelps Street in Youngstown, Ohio. It was a manufacturer of equipment that was used to process and finish flat rolled steel, steel and iron rolls, iron castings, coupling boxes, annealing bottoms and boxes and steam hydraulic forging presses. It was equipped to produce castings and rolls weighing up to 100 tons.

Location: Youngstown, Ohio
Status: Partially Demolished

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