Industry

AK Steel Ashland Works

AK Steel Ashland Works

AK Steel Ashland Works, located west of Ashland, Kentucky, features one pig-iron blast furnace, a basic oxygen furnace, continuous caster, coating line and other production facilities.

Location: Russell, Kentucky
Status: Active

Alpha Portland Cement Company

Alpha Portland Cement Company

Alpha Portland Cement Company, formerly located in Ironton, Ohio, produced cement.

Location: Ironton, Ohio
Status: Demolished

Ault and Wiborg Company

Ault and Wiborg Company

The Ault & Wiborg Company, located on East 7th Street in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, was constructed in 1930 for the Queen City Printing Company.

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Status: Demolished

Barboursville Clay Manufacturing Company

Barboursville Brick

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

Location: Barboursville, West Virginia
Status: Demolished

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Buchanan Fuel Krypton Loadout

The Krypton Loadout was a small surface coal mining operation near Krypton, Kentucky.

Location: Krypton, Kentucky
Status: Abandoned

Buckeye Ordnance Works

The Buckeye Ordnance Works, in operation for only three years during World War II in South Point, Ohio, manufactured ammonium nitrate explosives.

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, located in Petersburg (Coal Grove), Ohio, was a tile and brick manufacturer.

Location: Coal Grove, Ohio
Status: Demolished

Cavanaugh Company

Cavanaugh Company

The Cavanaugh Company, a hardware wholesale supply company, was located in Youngstown, Ohio.

Location: Youngstown, Ohio
Status: Abandoned

City Mills

City Mills

The City Mills Building, located in Mansfield, Ohio, served as a warehouse for a railroad and then as a mill.

Location: Mansfield, Ohio
Status: Renovated

Champion Paper

Champion Paper

Champion Paper, which later became Champion International Paper, International Paper and then Smart Papers, was a paper mill in Hamilton, Ohio.

Location: Hamilton, Ohio
Status: Demolished / Renovated

Consolidated Grain

Consolidated Grain

Consolidated Grain was located along Beekman Street in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Status: Partially Demolished

Crosley Building

Crosley Building

The Crosley Radio Corporation, which was the largest manufacturer of table-top radios in the United States, was based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Status: Abandoned

Crowell-Collier Publishing Company

Crowell Publishing Company

The Crowell-Collier Publishing Company, once the world’s largest magazine publishing house, was located on along High Street in Springfield, Ohio.

Location: Springfield, Ohio
Status: Partially Demolished

Farmers Grain Company (Carlos, Indiana)

FARMERS GRAIN COMPANY

The Farmers Grain Company of Carlos, Indiana was located on the former Indiana, Bloomington & Western Railway.

Location: Carlos, Indiana
Status: Abandoned

Fostoria Glass

Fostoria Glass Company

Fostoria Glass Company, located in Moundsville, West Virginia, was the largest manufacturer of handmade glassware in the United States.

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.

Location: Youngstown, Ohio
Status: Abandoned

Harding-Jones Paper Company

Harding-Jones Paper Company

The Harding-Jones Paper Company, located in Excello, Ohio, is an early example of the paper manufacturing industry.

Location: Excello, Ohio
Status: Abandoned

Indiana Ammunitions Depot

Indiana Army Ammunition Plant

The Indiana Army Ammunition Plant (INAAP), located southeast of Charlestown, Indiana, was the largest ammunition plant in the United States.

Location: Charlestown, Indiana
Status: Abandoned

January and Wood Company

January and Wood Company

The January and Wood Company, a cotton mill, was located on West Second Street in Maysville, Kentucky.

Location: Maysville, Kentucky
Status: Demolished

Jeannette Glass

Jeannette Glass

The Jeannette Glass Company, located in Jeannette, Pennsylvania, was in operation from 1887 until 1983.

Location: Jeannette, Pennsylvania
Status: Abandoned

Joseph & Feiss Company

Joseph & Feiss Company

The Joseph & Feiss Company, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is the oldest manufacturer of tailored apparel for men in the United States.

Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Status: Abandoned

Kentucky Fire Brick Company

Kentucky Fire Brick Company

The Louisville & Portsmouth Fire Brick Company established a refractory brick manufacturing plant at Haldeman, Kentucky in 1903. It closed in 1958.

Location: Haldeman, Kentucky
Status: Abandoned

Lee Clay Products

Lee Clay Products

Lee Clay Products, a former brick factory in Clearfield, Kentucky, was in operation until 1970.

Location: Morehead, Kentucky
Status: Active

Lempco Industries

Lempco Industries

Lempco, an industrial facility located in New Lexington, Ohi, manufactured die sets, guiding components and springs for the automotive industry.

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.

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.

Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Status: Demolished

Moser Leather Company

Moser Leather Company

The Moser Leather Company, founded in 1878 in New Albany, Indiana, produced high grade leather for harnesses and collar manufacturers.

Location: New Albany, Indiana
Status: Abandoned

National Acme

National Acme

National Acme, located in Cleveland, Ohio, was one of the largest manufacturers of machine tools in the United States.

Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Status: Abandoned

New Boston Coke Corporation

New Boston Coke Corporation

The New Boston Coke Corporation, once part of the Portsmouth Steel complex in New Boston, Ohio, employed nearly 5,000 during its height.

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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