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post by DudeManDeuce   |  | 
Philadelphia Mill 2
< on 9/8/2021 12:20 AM >

Round 2 for this location and I still haven't explored the entire thing. I got all the way to the entrance (I started from the far end). This place definitely was a paper mill. I can see where they took in recycled paper and processed it into rolls. It had rained quite a bit the day before so there was water leaking all over, it really added to the atmosphere. I also got all the way up to the smoke stacks which was quite a journey.
The lights are on everywhere, motion lights in some places which kind of freaked me out. And the water is on too! What is up with this place?

Up top here is the final destination




First I checked out the water pumping station which is a separate building, it goes 3 floors below sea level






In the basement of the main building now




Water dripping all over...




Trapped!




This is the beginning of the paper machine, Samurai can probably confirm that














Onto the smoke stacks! This picture is taken from the roof of the third floor.




The control room








There was a sturdy metal staircase with railings on both sides all the way up the smoke stacks so it wasn't too crazy. These are pictures of the ascent.












Made it!








I love this place and don't want to leave when it gets dark out. Round 3 is coming!


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post by Kurt   |  | 
Re: Philadelphia Mill 2
<Reply # 1 on 9/8/2021 1:51 AM >

Great set, these came out really good.


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post by Philodis   |  | 
Re: Philadelphia Mill 2
<Reply # 2 on 9/9/2021 2:27 AM >

This looks like a really cool spot. Nice set!


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post by Samurai   |  | Vehicular Lord Rick

Re: Philadelphia Mill 2
<Reply # 3 on 9/9/2021 4:24 AM >

just as a heads-up, mills like this didn't just take in recycled stuff, they probably bought what is known in the business as 'purchase pulp'. It's basically pulp from a dedicated pulp mill that has all the water compressed out of it. They chop into sheets and then bundle it into blocks. It comes in either softwood or hardwood (most applications run dedicated hardwood pulp- it runs better, but is more expensive than softwood) flavors. When you want to use it, you cut the wire on the bundle and throw it into a repulper where it becomes pulp again to run off as whatever paper product you are making.

we used to use it when the back end was having trouble, either the woodyard, recaust, pulp mill or powerhouse were having difficulty. We didn't like to use it as it is a wee expensive.

sorry for the side ramble... more pics please.



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post by Dave Summer   |  | 
Re: Philadelphia Mill 2
<Reply # 4 on 9/9/2021 4:17 PM >

Fantastic spot! I'd love to shoot this.


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post by DudeManDeuce   |  | 
Re: Philadelphia Mill 2
<Reply # 5 on 9/9/2021 11:25 PM >

Posted by Samurai


sorry for the side ramble... more pics please.



This one is for you! This is right at the entrance.




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post by Samurai   |  | Vehicular Lord Rick

Re: Philadelphia Mill 2
<Reply # 6 on 9/10/2021 8:59 AM >

Posted by DudeManDeuce


This one is for you! This is right at the entrance.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51440209812_56a69ebfcf_c.jpg


that's what is called a 'tail bailer' or just 'bailer' for short. What happens is that when you run a sheet, you get what are called trim or tails from either side of the roll when you cut it to size. A vacuum system grabs it off the sheeter, sends it through what we called a cyclone system to the bailer room where it is collected, bailed and either repulped and sent back through the system or picked up my the outdoor misc folks and sent to the landfill. There is some stuff we can't send back through the system because of color (we used to run color runs of paper) or a material called 'indigo'.

sorry... like i said, this is what I did for eleven years of my life. some people find it interesting, other people could give a flying shit.



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post by randomesquephoto   |  | 
Re: Philadelphia Mill 2
<Reply # 7 on 9/10/2021 7:21 PM >

FUCK YES.

Good set.

Philly INDUSTRIAL BAYBEE. Love it. What a great city.


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post by DudeManDeuce   |  | 
Re: Philadelphia Mill 2
<Reply # 8 on 9/12/2021 12:14 AM >

Posted by Samurai


that's what is called a 'tail bailer' or just 'bailer' for short. What happens is that when you run a sheet, you get what are called trim or tails from either side of the roll when you cut it to size. A vacuum system grabs it off the sheeter, sends it through what we called a cyclone system to the bailer room where it is collected, bailed and either repulped and sent back through the system or picked up my the outdoor misc folks and sent to the landfill. There is some stuff we can't send back through the system because of color (we used to run color runs of paper) or a material called 'indigo'.

sorry... like i said, this is what I did for eleven years of my life. some people find it interesting, other people could give a flying shit.



Ok, I thought that this was a bale of recycled cardboard being fed into the machines. Any idea how the smoke stacks fit in? Are they generating their own power?


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post by UnspaceAgent   |  | 
Re: Philadelphia Mill 2
<Reply # 9 on 9/12/2021 9:00 PM >

So according to online sources, the building was originally occupied by the Container Corporation of America(CCA), who made corrugated cardboard boxes. In late 1980 CCA was cited for multiple violations by the EPA, sparking a protest of 110 workers on a nearby bridge/street over the possible closure of the plant. In 1986 CCA was sold to the Jefferson Smufit Corporation which later in 1998 merged with the Stone Container Corporation to become Smurfit/Stone Container Corporation and took over the plant as a paper/cardboard reclamation center. If I am reading the business history correctly the plant closed permanently in 2006. So it's been unoccupied for about 15 years.


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post by Porcelain Doll   |  | 
Re: Philadelphia Mill 2
<Reply # 10 on 9/13/2021 12:43 AM >

Posted by UnspaceAgent
So according to online sources, the building was originally occupied by the Container Corporation of America(CCA), who made corrugated cardboard boxes. In late 1980 CCA was cited for multiple violations by the EPA, sparking a protest of 110 workers on a nearby bridge/street over the possible closure of the plant. In 1986 CCA was sold to the Jefferson Smufit Corporation which later in 1998 merged with the Stone Container Corporation to become Smurfit/Stone Container Corporation and took over the plant as a paper/cardboard reclamation center. If I am reading the business history correctly the plant closed permanently in 2006. So it's been unoccupied for about 15 years.


Wrong place.


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post by UnspaceAgent   |  | 
Re: Philadelphia Mill 2
<Reply # 11 on 9/13/2021 4:59 PM >

Really, it's what comes up on a business search of the address.

Sorry to have provided incorrect information.


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post by Porcelain Doll   |  | 
Re: Philadelphia Mill 2
<Reply # 12 on 9/14/2021 1:30 AM >

Posted by UnspaceAgent
Really, it's what comes up on a business search of the address.

Sorry to have provided incorrect information.


Really not sure what address you got, but it's only been closed less than 8 years


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post by Samurai   |  | Vehicular Lord Rick

Re: Philadelphia Mill 2
<Reply # 13 on 9/14/2021 6:19 AM >

Posted by DudeManDeuce


Ok, I thought that this was a bale of recycled cardboard being fed into the machines. Any idea how the smoke stacks fit in? Are they generating their own power?


sorry for the delay on the reply... some mills require a powerhouse to run certain process, others just to have their own power source. Making paper uses a ton of power and water.

the mill I worked at was a Kraft process mill. That means that there was a woodyard, pulp mill, powerhouse, recausticization plant and water treatment plant. I worked in the paper machines (where the actual paper gets made) pulp mill, recaust plant, warehouse (for a short time) and the finishing room (where the rolls get converted to sheets). I finished out my career there in the finishing room on the roll ramp, wrapping rolls for shipment.

if you want an explanation of kraft process, PM me... i don't think anyone here wants a lecture on how paper is made.

this is where I worked (for eleven shitfucksucking years): https://www.uer.ca...ow.asp?locid=24462


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post by DudeManDeuce   |  | 
Re: Philadelphia Mill 2
<Reply # 14 on 9/15/2021 1:21 AM >

Posted by Porcelain Doll


Really not sure what address you got, but it's only been closed less than 8 years


I think you're both partially right. I've found a few different business names in the various paperwork I've found there. It could be multiples companies that were operating there (the place is a half mile long) and or it changed hands multiple times. I'm trying to piece things together.

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post by Kurt   |  | 
Re: Philadelphia Mill 2
<Reply # 15 on 9/15/2021 3:05 AM >

Apparently, this property just sold a few days ago for like $4.5mil


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post by UnspaceAgent   |  | 
Re: Philadelphia Mill 2
<Reply # 16 on 9/15/2021 5:17 PM >

So, Smurfit/Stone mothballed their operations in 2006, but definitely retained ownership of the property. The business records for Paperworks begins in 2008, so it was empty for at least a year and a half to two years at that time. There's no record of sale, so they most likely leased the property. Paperworks ended operations in late 2017, laying off 147 workers. My fault for only checking sales and ownership records and not including leasing/rental.

For those that have been wanting to visit this location you might want to get a move-on. Plans to renovate the property started in 2018 and if the plant just sold they may be getting ready to get started. A Dallas real-estate company had proposed plans to turn the space into a residential/commercial hub with apartments, office spaces, hotels and shops.


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post by randomesquephoto   |  | 
Re: Philadelphia Mill 2
<Reply # 17 on 9/17/2021 1:18 AM >

Posted by Porcelain Doll


Wrong place.


lol, 2014 uer energy


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post by Porcelain Doll   |  | 
Re: Philadelphia Mill 2
<Reply # 18 on 9/22/2021 12:58 AM >

Posted by randomesquephoto


lol, 2014 uer energy


Yeah, or like 2005 energy. Name dropping, even incorrect irks the fuck out of me.


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post by randomesquephoto   |  | 
Re: Philadelphia Mill 2
<Reply # 19 on 9/22/2021 7:15 AM >

These are different times hommie. lol


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