Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company (PPG)Mount Vernon, OH Opened 1907 – Shuttered 1976 Slated for demolition summer 2013 The former Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company’s Mount Vernon plant sits on seventy acres and opened in 1907 and was operated by PPG, or through one of its divisions, until 1976. You would never know driving by this site, or […]Read more "07: Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company (Mount Vernon, OH)"
Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten. – B F Skinner I found this old broken country school house as I drove across Ohio from one shuttered smokestack to another. Not sure if It is lost or if I was.Read more "06: School House Rocks"
No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. – John Dunne, Meditation XVII Factories and their smokestacks didn’t pop into existence in a mythological big bang of prosperity. Instead, prosperity is built over time by educated scientists, engineers, apprentices and entrepreneurs relying on previous experiences and advancements […]Read more "05: No Man is an Island"
I like The Eiffel Tower because it looks like steel and lace. ― Natalie Lloyd Only the French would use steel to build something so beautifully unique, delicately intricate and sexually suggestive. Ironically, it was intended as a “temporary” display for the 1889 World’s Fair to be dismantled in 1909 when ownership of the park reverted back to the City of Paris. […]Read more "04: Steel and Lace"
Hands down the best part of my job are the places I get to visit. I especially enjoy visiting the historical significant industrial sites along the Ohio River that are striving towards a renaissance – or at least a renewal. Which brings me to my tour last Friday of Middleton Warehousing Solutions in Aliquippa, PA. The company is managing 250K square […]Read more "03: Middleton Warehousing Solutions (Aliquippa, PA)"
Over the next several weeks I am going to write a bit more about Bethlehem Steel and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (and eventually Bethlehem Steel aka Lackawanna Steel, Buffalo, NY) because so much of this Bethlehem’s story is unknown outside the area. For now I will simply say, that at its manufacturing height, Bethlehem Steel Corporation was the United States’ second-largest steel […]Read more "02: The Ghosts of Bethlehem"
The wonderful part of my job and professional life is that I am free to chase smokestacks. It is not that these monoliths to American history, ingenuity and industry are running but so often I am. About five years ago my life changed and I took two weeks at the end of March and drove […]Read more "01: Chasing smokestacks"