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Location DB > United States > Maryland > Kingsville > Belko Rubber Factory
Belko Rubber Factory
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created by SpookyDan on 11/9/2005 2:25 PM
last modified by vividdecay on 3/19/2013 2:30 AM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
The buildings are all standing tho some show signs of internal fire damage.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information

Kingsville, Maryland
United States
Owner: Carnegie Express
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • air quality
  •  Interesting Features
    Fire destroyed majority of the buildings. Now fully demolished.
     Security Measures
  • local residents looking for their 10,000$ reward
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1948
    Closed: 0
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  • flashlight
  • breathing mask
  • long pants / sleeves
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    I really don't have much information on this place as I only recently found out about it. Was obviously used to make rubber products. The structure was built in 1961 and may have been closed for asbestos contamination.

    Founded in 1948, The Belko Corporation is a manufacturer of custom molded and extruded rubber products. "Our experience gives us the capability to provide you with consistent quality, timely service, and competitive pricing."

    A few years ago, when I received my new camera for Christmas, I was thrown back into photography. Soon after, while driving down Jericho Rd, I stumbled upon an interesting abandoned factory. Luckily my camera was on the seat next to me, and you know the story from there. With a recent visit and a few more pictures, it was time for some coffee and web surfing. It’s amazing to me the information that can be found with just a simple search of the web. Thankfully, this factory is considered historic, therefore listed on the inventory page of the Maryland Historical Properties website.

    The Franklinville Factory was built in 1827, although years later was sold, after a fire brought the building down on November 10, 1881. The owner at the time Ariana Loney, sold the property to Albert A. Blakeney and Andrew D. Jones. Blakeney an entrepreneur, rebuilt the factory for spinning cotton canvas. Sadly his company didn’t last very long, when the United States Duck Company ran his factory and other mills out of business in 1903. After being on the market for 10 years, Oak Tire and Rubber Company purchased the property, without being able to afford it. Again the property was left abandoned for some time, until piston rings were manufactured there by the Reifschneider Company. William T. Barton owned the property at this time but in 1945, yes, you guessed it, he sold the mill to Dorfman Plastics. Ironically, Dorfman Plastics was rather bad at the one thing they should have been good at, making plastic. In 1954, Belko Corporation bought the factory to make rubber belting and bungee cords. Belko still owns the property, but as you will see in the pictures they aren’t doing too much with the mill either.
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     Future Plans
    Looks like the site is currently being cleaned up. Im thinking a company has bought the rights to the metal scraps there and they are removing it.

    The property has "for sale" signs posted.

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    River Walk
    Wed, Nov 9th, 2005
    posted by SpookyDan
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    Photography 7 / 10
    Coolness 7 / 10
    Content Quality 7 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Opheliaism on 3/19/2013 8:23 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Mar 19 13 at 20:23, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Mar 19 13 at 2:30, vividdecay changed the following: Status, Interesting Features, Recommendation
  • on Jan 20 13 at 16:29, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Dec 10 12 at 5:33, vividdecay changed the following: Owner, Type, Status, Interesting Features
  • on Jul 9 12 at 9:37, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Jul 8 12 at 17:44, vividdecay changed the following: History, Web Links
  • on Apr 16 06 at 16:30, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Apr 15 06 at 5:27, MCP changed the following: History, Year Built
  • on Mar 3 06 at 13:31, Emperor Wang changed the following: Future Plans
  • on Nov 9 05 at 14:40, SpookyDan updated gallery picture rubber12.jpg
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