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Abandoned Factory, East St. Louis

I continued down the hill and entered a neighborhood off of St. Clair Avenue. I can imagine a century ago, men would walk these sidewalks from nearby houses, and work in the factory.

I have no idea what the factory was, or when it closed, but the relatively new looking office wing (not pictured) suggests it only closed a decade or so ago.

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  1. There is a building at 5th and St. Louis (right down the track from the 5th and Missouri MEtro station) that looks like an old hall or an old industrial building of some kind. Haven't been able to learn anything about it though.

  2. This factory isn’t abandoned….. A quick google search will even uncover their phone number.

    “The Elementis Pigments Inc. East St. Louis plant has been at 2001 Lynch Avenue since the early 1900s. The plant produces inorganic pigments and specialty barium sulfate intermediate chemical products.”

  3. Elements Pigments in the past was a division of Pfizer and previously was once known as the C K Williams Company. Across the street was an old East St Louis gas company. Parsons Field, the sports field of the High Schools was across and west on Lynch Ave. My grandmothers house on Baugh Ave had the gas jets on the walls but I was never able to see them work because of the electrification of the city

  4. I searched for C K Williams Paint knowing that was near the athletic field, hoping to discover the name of the field. Success! Parsons Field brings back many school memories from the 50’s and 60’s.

  5. I worked at this plant from 1974-76 when Pfizer owned it. At that time, it produced yellow paint pigment, red paint pigment, and magnetic iron oxide used for magnetic cores in IBM computers, as a coating for magnetic tape for storage purposes, and for other purposes. The basic process was dissolving scrap iron into giant stainless steel tanks which contained heated acid, and then at a certain point removing and crushing the “rust” to one of the other processes. They also had a barite plant which at that time was used as a soundproofing material on automobile undercarriages.

    • Thank you for helping identify this plant! Was it Pfizer branded or did it have a different name?

  6. I worked there in 1953 secretary to Voce president, just wondered if they were there.

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