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Location DB > United States > Ohio > Ironton > Alpha Portland Cement Company
Alpha Portland Cement Company
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created by seicer on 11/28/2004 6:11 AM
last modified by seicer on 8/14/2007 12:06 AM
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Concrete silos, impressive structures.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Moderate
Recommendation: not very exciting
 Physical Information

Ironton, Ohio
United States
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • flooding
  • water
  • air quality
  • Large holes that could lead to death.
  •  Interesting Features
    Huge silos, packhouse.
     Security Measures
  • Active business on the property. Owner lives just up the street.
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1901
    Closed: 1970
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  • breathing mask
  • gloves
  • long pants / sleeves
  • towelettes
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    The Ironton Portland Cement Company was founded in the late-1800's, and produced cement for the Ironton, Ohio region for many years. A complex of buildings, most of which date to 1901, resided on Lorain Street. It was purchased by the Alpha Portland Cement Company in 1920.

    In May of 1924, two stock houses were constructed by the Macdonald Engineering Company.

    The last tax appraisal was done in 1968 (external link). The Alpha Portland Cement Company closed on August 20, 1970, for what the company cited "financial reasons." The company further elaborated that terminating operations at "unprofitable" facilities is an essential step in improving the profitability of Alpha's cement division. Releasing the working capital committed to these plants permits management to move ahead with the expansion of its profitable plants and to more effectively manage those areas of high profit potential." Another official stated that "the plants on the Ironton generation cannot complete with the large modern plants of today," noting the fact that the plant was constructed in 1901. The most productive year, as noted by the company, was in the late 1950's.

    The plant employed 175 people.
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     Future Plans
    The owner eventually plans to demolish the site.

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    O.U.U.E. Trip
    Thu, Jun 9th, 2005
    posted by duck219
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    Abandoned coverage: http://www.abandon...ndex.php?catid=131

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    Coolness 8 / 10
    Content Quality 8 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 8/14/2007 1:49 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Aug 14 07 at 1:49, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Aug 14 07 at 0:06, seicer changed the following: Real Name, Latitude, Longitude, Co-ordinate Accuracy, Publically Viewable, Accessibility, Interesting Features, Recommendation, Security Measures, Web Links
  • on Aug 1 06 at 18:02, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jul 31 06 at 15:38, Emperor Wang made this location private
  • on Jul 31 06 at 12:31, Oherian changed the following: Street Address, Latitude, Longitude, Co-ordinate Accuracy, Security Measures, Future Plans
  • on Mar 22 06 at 14:38, Avatar-X changed the following: City
  • on Feb 10 06 at 18:06, Avatar-X reverted this location to a previous state
  • on Feb 10 06 at 17:06, seicer deleted 6 pictures from gallery 2001
  • on Feb 10 06 at 17:06, seicer changed the following: Real Name, Type, Street Address, Latitude, Longitude, Co-ordinate Accuracy, History, Status, Accessibility, Hazards, Interesting Features, Recommendation, Security Measures, Description, Web Links
  • on Jul 29 05 at 15:06, ednothing deleted a gallery
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