There was a time when almost every town in America had one: the local plant. These days, manufacturing of all sizes is disappearing from the American landscape, taking jobs and economic growth overseas - and leaving communities behind to clean up the mess. That is the story of this mill.
I first discovered this mill during its final years of operation. It was a proud smoke-and-steam-belching plant that drove the local economy and harkened back to the grand old days of American manufacturing might. A few years later it was a sad neglected mess. The transition here - as in many similar towns - seemed to happen practically overnight. The manufacturer's bankruptcy and subsequent abandonment of the property left an economic void complicated by two superfund sites. A small town was left wondering what to do.
Still, not one to let a good abandonment go to waste, I decided to spend the winter of 2007/2008 making a video documentary of the the current state of this mill. I spent the previous year finishing my Bethlehem Steel movie Almost Gone, and decided I would add an element to this one that I wanted so badly to have in Almost Gone: time-lapse! I knew nothing about doing it, but this would be a fine place to learn. Although making the video was my primary goal, I think I snapped a couple nice pics along the way. Enjoy!