Hamilton paper mill smokestack demolished – VIDEO

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HAMILTON, OHIO – More than 1,000 Hamilton and Butler County residents watched with mixed emotions as the former Champion Paper Mill smokestack and boiler house that graced the skyline for over 100 years crumpled in 20 seconds on Friday morning.

On the stroke of 9 a.m., loud explosions cracked in the air and the boiler house fell away from the smokestack, seconds before the stack crumpled in two and toppled to the west side. Black clouds of dust wafted up into the sky as residents cheered and applauded in memory of the mill’s history in Hamilton and in anticipation of new development on the property grounds.

The Champion Paper Plant was founded as a coating mill in 1894 by Peter G. Thomson, originally buying paper from other Hamilton mills, according to a 1985 Journal-News article by James Schwartz. In 1900, Thomson began construction on Champion’s first paper mill; the three smokestacks, including the last one demolished today, were built a year later.

Green Reclamation LLC, a division of Pennsylvania-based industrial scrap and salvage company Moses B. Glick, LLC who bought the property from the city in 2012, contracted Oklahoma-based Dykon Explosive Demolition Corp. to conduct the demolition.

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