The abandoned assembly line
The abandoned assembly line

The abandoned assembly line

The abandoned assembly line

The dilapidated plant

Mauricie (Quebec), Canada

Cynically, we could almost say that the factory is as large as the village in which it is located. You should know that we are far away in the countryside, it that kind of place where everybody know each other by his first name. At first glance, they should not be over 800 citizen. The arrival of three foreign photographers is therefore not gone unnoticed despite the very early hour at which we pointed.

The target of the day is an old 85,000 square feet plant (about 8000 square meters) located on 19 acres (77,000 m²) of land. Inside, except water who has heavily damaged wood floors, there is no trace of vandalism. A exception for a building abandoned for so long. So you will understand my motivation to silence his location and hide any clues to identify the factory.

In fact, since its closure in 1988, only time and dust have made their job. In the executive offices, cigarette butts in the ashtray alongside financial statements and satchels color sample seems untouchables for a while. On the desk, a Business management book for dummies is waiting its old master. Maybe that explain the closure of the plant, who knows.

On the other side, the warehouses are still full of pieces of any kind. From the manufactured products in the factory to the rusty tools, everything seems to have frozen in time, as if the closure was brutal and final. Some wood sheds began to collapse, but the main building is still standing, despite the lack of maintenance.

After several years of trying to sell the building, the current owner seems to be destitute for the plant. Although the municipal taxes are paid on time every year, the city does not hide its frustration and its wish to see the old factory demolished and replaced by houses.

By then, several years may have time to pass...

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