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Former working class houses in front of the Westinghouse plant (background) in Mansfield, Ohio. Once 8,500 employees toiled in this appliance factory. It is now demolished. (Jan. 2011 image by Michael Frank)


Norfolk-Southern train passes General Electric's Bucyrus Lamp Plant. (May 2008 image by author)


Rail yard in Bucyrus, Ohio, near the facilities of American & Ohio Locomotive Train Company. (May 2008 image by author)


A small part of the Lake Erie port of Conneaut, OH. I saw stockpiles of coal, taconite, and stone (limestone?) waiting for shipment from barge to train, or train to barge. (Dec. 2007 image by author)


Another view of Conneaut, OH. The former Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad runs from Conneaut to Pittsburgh. (Dec. 2007 image by author)


Huelett unloaders and ore bridge that used to be at the Conneaut port.(Image from the John Barriger Collection)


Downtown Ashtabula, OH, with the "lift bridge" in the background. To be honest Ashtabula does has a modern "mall" section of town, but I liked this area of Ashtabula better. There is also an area of heavy industry east of town that I couldn't appropriately capture with a camera. (Dec. 2007 image by author)


Ashtabula is one of the major ports on Lake Erie. (Dec. 2007 image by author)


Railroads carry raw materials such as coal, stone, and taconite to and from Ashtabula Harbor. (Dec. 2007 image by author)


Another view of the Ashtabula port area showing the famous arched conveyor transporting ores and minerals from one side of the harbor to the other. (Dec. 2007 image by author)


Ashtabula, Ohio harbor is an example of the advantage that the Rust Belt had, and still has, in barge and rail transportation of raw materials for manufacturing and industry. (Dec. 2007 image by author)


A photo capturing the gritty Rust Belt atmosphere of Canton, Ohio. (Feb. 2008 image by author)


Canton Drop Forge has been in business since 1903. The company has a contract with the International Association of Machinists, and other unions as well. (Feb. 2008 image by author)


Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway's yard office in front of Marathon Oil's refinery in Canton. (Feb. 2008 image by author)


Republic Engineered Products, a descendent of Republic Steel, operates a hot rolling mill and blooming mill in Canton. (Feb. 2008 image by author)


These specialized vehicles carry steel back and forth between Canton mainstay Timken's storage yard and factory, shown in the background. United Steelworkers Local 1123 represents the workers at the Timken plant. (Feb. 2008 image by author)


Canton homes with the Timken factory in the background. (Feb. 2008 image by author)


Same old sad story - after years of production the Hoover appliance factory in North Canton, OH was closed down in 2004-2007. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1985 represented the workers in North Canton, but probably won't represent the workers at the new factory in Juarez, Mexico. (Mar. 2008 image by author)


Empty parking lots around the old Hoover plant in North Canton - empty because the employees have been laid off and the equipment auctioned off. (Mar. 2008 image by author)


R.I.P. Akron rubber industry - The city was once the "Rubber Capital of the World" containing manufacturing plants of Goodyear, Firestone, B.F. Goodrich, and General Tire. Firestone also operated at nearby Barberton, OH, and Republic Rubber was to the east in Youngstown. Now almost all rubber industries have moved out of the area, leading to the inability of the United Rubber Workers to stand on its own. This labor union which once counted nearly 200,000 members was absorbed into the United Steelworkers union. (Mar. 2008 image by author)


Another view of Goodyear's Akron complex. (Mar. 2008 image by author)


Former Goodyear tire factory and its environs. (Mar. 2008 image by author)


Former B.F. Goodrich rubber/tire factory in downtown Akron. Fortunately many of Goodrich's structures have been remodled into "Canal Place." (Mar. 2008 image by author)


Gate at shuttered B.F. Goodrich plant in Akron. (Mar. 2008 image by author)


Firestone's Akron facility. (Feb. 2008 image by author)


R.C.A. Rubber Co. is one of the last vestiges of a once mighty rubber industry in Akron. The company produces rubber flooring and stair treads. (Mar. 2008 image by author)


Old industrial buildings in Akron, OH. (Feb. 2008 image by author)


Former Seiberling Rubber plant in Barberton. (Jun. 2010 image by author)


Barberton Ohio's First Presbyterian Church. (Jun. 2010 image by author)


A scene in Alliance, Ohio. (Jun. 2010 image by author)


A small portion of the T&W Forge plant in Alliance. (Jun. 2010 image by author)


Back of T&W Forge. (Jun. 2010 image by author)


The Norfolk-Southern depot with Alliance Castings Company facility in the background. (Jun. 2010 image by author)


Idled Jeep factory in Toldeo. This factory was demolished in 2007, but allegedly one smokestack was left for posterity. At least there is a newer Jeep factory across town, so here is one Rust Belt story with decent ending. (Image courtesy of Ron Donald)


Another shot of the old Jeep factory in Toledo featuring snowy weather typical of the Industrial Midwest. (Image courtesy of Ron Donald)

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