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Near the offices the building is narrower, allowing more light to flood in.
When the factory's production line was up for auction, many parts were removed, crated and labeled with big painted numbers to ease their removal by buyers. Not everything sold, however, so not one dark corner of the factory seems without a pile of dislocated industrial junk.
In the soft wood of the machine, an employee left their mark.
Shelves in in the coloring department, where hundreds of different mixer lids are splashed with hardened glass dyes. Color thanks to a yellow-tinted skylight.
The hoist signal dangling beside the modern mine shaft would ring a bell next to the giant electric motors that would send the men and machinery into the underground.
A few remnants of the control room that were not vandalized at this point; now it's a different story, unfortunately. The tile is glazed ceramic to be permanently nonconductive.
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