When not running 24 hours a day during a campaign, the plant was being repaired. Every sugar mill has a large shop and parts room for those times.
The end of the heating line allowed glass to cool slowly, and thus be stronger.
Sugar mills have endless numbers of pipes, washers, seals, and flanges to connect all of the equipment. This is where the spare parts were all stored by size and rating.
One of my favorite shots from that year, conveyor line parts stacked and hung with Postal Service bins from decades ago.
You can see why so few products had bright packaging. If the can here was brown, you’d never see it in a dark wood cabinet.
Industrial blowers, new in the crate.
Pipe fittings in little drawers, lit by tea lights.
The parts room had the best light in the whole plant.
The back of one of the former tractor factories.
This steel cup on the card would move molten copper to the caster from the furnace.
I would wager that National Mine became the dumping ground for Chain O’ Mines as the company began to fail.
The workshop and parts room was full of light and meticulously sorted bolts, nuts, washers, gaskets, and all sorts of specialty hardware.
Thousands of tags in a supply closet. Each has lots its meaning.
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.
A little sheet metal box somehow made it back home.
This part of Harris had a lot of different conveyor belt parts.
We know what the ladies’ favorite treats were! Found holding parts on a repair cart.
Gaskets still organized on nails beside the power plant. This used to be a maintenance room, but since its roof and walls were torn down, it’s not any kind of room.
Candy jar molds, in the far corner of the paint shop.
Bits and things in a pile in the corner of the smelter, the unsold chunks of industrial history that didn’t sell at an on-site auction before my visit.