Industrial

Martin Mill

History: 

At the moment, the history I've been able to find is a little sketchy. Apparently, sometime prior to 1960, Hay and Company opened this mill. It was later sold to Weldwood Veneer, and finally purchased by Martin Veneer.

Martin began moving operations to Sault Ste. Marie, which eventually resulted in the mill's 150 jobs being terminated, along with a significant portion of the town's overall livelihood.

Blind River Saw Mill

History: 

The sawmill has stood on this site since the 1906 incorporation of Blind River as a town. In 1929, the Carpenter Hixon Company built a state-of-the-art pine cutting facility that would survive until shortage of available wood due to forest fires, and failing local economy would close the mill in 1969.

Today, some buildings appear to be semi-active, at least for storage. Most of it is locked up quite tight and inaccessible.

Lockport Paper Mill

History: 

I have been able to determine that this was once a generating station for a paper mill on the opposite side of the street. It opened in the 1920's, and remained in operation for about 40 years. In 2010, the property was purchased by an investor who sees opportunity for the location.

As of July, 2014, the EPA was helping to oversee the eventual demolition of this building because of its asbestos content and growing instability.

Flintkote Factory

This site began life in the 1880's as a paper plant belonging to the Lockport Paper Company. In 1928, Flintkote, an asbestos company, bought out the property and began manufacturing felt for use in automobiles.

In 1971, the plant caught fire, and would soon after become abandoned.

Several other companies would make use of the property in years afterward. Eventually, in 1999, the county foreclosed on the property for back taxes, and promptly discovered how contaminated the site actually was.