Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corp.

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Year Built: 1953 | Year Abandoned: October 30, 1985
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: David Linde

Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corp was opened in 1953 and produced 150,000 tons of urea fertilizer annually at its peak. The 360-acre complex consists of two ammonium plants, two urea plants, a prilling tower for pelletizing urea into fertilizer, and livestock feed supplements and support facilities. It was a big industry in Pryor that provided hundreds of jobs to the city and surrounding towns. In 1978 the plant shut down and was purchased by Kaiser Agricultural Chemicals a derivative of the Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Co.

Immediately talks ensued of reopening the plant after some issues amongst the company were worked out. The State Corporation Commission approved that the Kaiser Agricultural Chemicals could reopen after the plant was closed in 1978, putting about a hundred and fifty people out of a job. They wasted no time on reopening the plant and even had an agreement in the terms of reopening as to how fast they could be functioning again. Unfortunately, this was an achievement that didn’t last too long. Kaiser Agricultural Chemicals closed once again on October 30, 1985, after several years of the plant being unprofitable. The culprits were cited as a suffering agricultural market and competitors of lower-priced fertilizer. The plant was sold off to S&P Investments Corp. which was a Chicago based business.

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Brandon
5 years ago

Great Venture by Kaiser chemical and it looks like very amazing and interesting because all of the structure described on this post is too cool and nice.

Ryan
Ryan
5 years ago

Nice Post

Billy Caperton
Billy Caperton
7 years ago

I used to work there in Borton Control operating a jitny moving hopper cars and filling them with urea. Cool job. I miss it there.

arcman46
arcman46
8 years ago

My Dad worked here from the time it was John Deer. Then Nipak bought it and operated it, and then later Kaiser. I know all these buildings like the back of my hand, since I practically grew up there. Dad retired from Kaiser years ago, after the plant closed, and has been gone now for around 5 years. Hopefully some day the old plant will find new life.

UncleB
UncleB
9 years ago

Its not abandoned anymore. No trespassing! Lol.

AimeeR
AimeeR
10 years ago

My husband works for the people who bought the place. He took me there a while back to look around. They had already had a clean up crew come in so it wasn't as trashed like it is in these pictures. I have some pretty cool pictures myself. We were there in the middle of the day & it was still creepy! There were still some file cabinets with paperwork still in them. Pretty cool!

MikeB
MikeB
Reply to  AimeeR
5 years ago

Hi, my name is Mike, I am looking to find the owner of this Plant so me and my team can do some recordings of possible Paranormal activity that we have heard about. is there any way you could help me?

Dkemm
Dkemm
10 years ago

Some of my friends and I are always trying to go there. We live in Pryor and are always looking for creepy places to explore. A couple of weeks ago we went out there and got to look through the main building but got creeped out and left. My friends say there isn't a guard there at all times ( she knocked on the door, and no answer). We parked in the neighborhood down the road just in case there was a guard. No guard but we scared the people who live inthe house we parked by and they called… Read more »

shawna
shawna
10 years ago

they are reopening it though…. it's suppose to open the summer of 2011 they're using 65% of the buildings that're there now…

stoney
stoney
11 years ago

would like to use this place for some photo shoots if you have any info that would be great

shawna
shawna
Reply to  stoney
10 years ago

they have security guards keeping people out to many people have gotten hurt there… and there's always the haunted ghosts stories… i've been there it's rather creepy… i love it

lorik
lorik
11 years ago

Can you tell me how you got access to take these pictures? I drove by, but there was a guard there. Any info would be great, we are wanting engagement photos done there. Thanks!

Dkemm
Dkemm
Reply to  lorik
10 years ago

Our foreign exchange student from last year had her senior pictures taken there. So I see it a's a possibility. A family by the last name of Kemp bought it

Hdtrktch
Hdtrktch
11 years ago

that place has really been torn up. The last time I was by there, it still had a guard at the gate and was largely intact. Too sad!

psychosaw13
psychosaw13
11 years ago

Really freakin'sweet!

billy
billy
11 years ago

Pretty damn sweet.

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