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Ariel-Foundation Park

More than a century ago, a Pittsburgh based glass producer opened a burgeoning plant right in the middle of rural central Ohio.

The PPG Glass Company constructed its massive Works #11 plant in Mount Vernon, Ohio near the shores of the Kokosing River in 1907. The plant churned out glass products of all manner for about 40 years. During the 1970s, it permanently closed, leaving the huge brick behemoth to slowly molder away and crumble. Parts of the structure were used as storage over the years but finally, the city petitioned to have it demolished.

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