Barberton in Summit County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
PPG Industries in Barbeton
1900 - 2000
Attracted by the availability of raw materials and railroad transportation, the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company (PPG) built a plant here in 1899 to make soda ash for the company's glassmaking operations. This plant began production in 1900 as the Columbia Chemical Company and represents the beginning of PPG's diversified chemical manufacturing operations. During the 20th century this plant operated the world's deepest (at 2,200 feet) limestone mine and manufactured commodity chemicals such as chlorine, caustic soda, and calcium chloride. By 2000, manufacture of specialty chemicals for the optical, pharmaceutical, printing, and rubber industries superseded mining and commodity chemical manufacturing. PPG's reclamation of its former soda ash waste disposal sites, known as "lime lakes," has won recognition for environmental stewardship.
Erected 2000 by PPG Industries and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 16-77.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 41° 0.127′ N, 81° 37.148′ W. Marker is in Barberton, Ohio, in Summit County. Marker is on Hudson Run Road near Fairland Road, on the right when Click for map. Marker is along the chain link fence, accessed from a car pullout near the intersection. Marker is in this post office area: Barberton OH 44203, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Glenn "Jeep" Davis (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Freedom Tree (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named The Freedom Tree (approx. one mile away); Staff Sergeant Howard E. Woodford (approx. one mile away); Barberton Military Honor Roll (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named The Freedom Tree (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named The Freedom Tree (approx. one mile away); Ohio Columbus Barber (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Barberton.
Also see . . . PPG Industries, Barberton OH. (Submitted on June 25, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 424 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.