Sylvania Electric Products, Inc.

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City/Town: Shawnee
Location Class: Industrial
Year Built: 1951
Year Abandoned: 2000's
Status: Demolished
Photojournalist: Cody CooperJustin Tyler Moore

This building in Shawnee was built in 1951 to serve Sylvania Electric Products, Inc. Once Potawatomie County’s largest single employer, Sylvania closed it’s doors in 1961. 550 people were employed by the company at this Shawnee tube manufacturing plant when it closed. It had an employment peak of 1,002 employees in 1953, with 75% being women. The plant operated for only 10 years in the two-story modern plant valued at $3 Million. During the 10 years, an employee strike occurred, with a riot that sent several people to the hospital and eight people to jail. The rapid growth of technology and the low need for receiver tubes was blamed for the plants closing. Shortly after it’s closing, Thiokol Chemical Corp. moved in producing aerospace equipment including equipment used in the Apollo mission. Thiokol moved out in 1965, and Sylvania returned, refitting the plant for production of plastic and metal parts. Sylvania continued operation here for an unknown amount of time, before the building was sold and became a bargain thrift store and ebay auction house. Bargain World closed eventually, and the once thriving plant was silenced forever.

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Self Storage
3 years ago

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Larsen20
Larsen20
4 years ago

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Steven52
Steven52
4 years ago

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zipline kit
4 years ago

Sylvania Electric Products, Inc.was one of the best centre to buy electric goods before years ago. Now we can see its condition. I am so sad to see the pathetic conditoion. I hope to see Sylvania Electric Products, Inc.in the olden condition.

Kala
Kala
5 years ago

Someone lives there with there family now.

Stacey
Stacey
6 years ago

People love in this building asa probate home now.

stacwy
stacwy
Reply to  Stacey
6 years ago

Live… private. Parden my phone.

kalyn
kalyn
8 years ago

oh man, its the old bargain barn!!! that was good entertainment!!! bought the worst couch cover from that place in college!!!

Ann
Ann
8 years ago

Grew up two blocks east of the Sylvania plant and still go by there occasionally. The "ebay" business you refer was not really an ebay business. They bought and sold items via local cable TV. They had a big warehouse and televised an auction from that location. If you won the item you had to go to building and pick it up within 24 hours. A good part of the building was being used. When satellite TV came in and cable wasn't the only game in town the business phased out. And if I remember correctly the "riot" was over… Read more »

Phyllis Tate
Phyllis Tate
Reply to  Ann
8 years ago

Hey Ann, stop by sometime & see what we have done inside.

Marty
Marty
8 years ago

Very cool. Sylvania made great tubes. I collect vac tube audio equipment I have hundreds of tubes and I bet at least a few of them were from this plant.

Phyllis Tatw
Phyllis Tatw
Reply to  Marty
8 years ago

Would you like to sell any of the Sylvania tubes? We are trying to get a collection together of what was made here when it was in operation.

Lady Lelouch
Lady Lelouch
9 years ago

It's so creepy.

phyllis
phyllis
Reply to  Lady Lelouch
9 years ago

not creepy @ all. need to see it now.

H_O_O_P_S
H_O_O_P_S
Reply to  phyllis
8 years ago

phyllis if you get this will you please comtact me at HeartOfOklahomaParanormalSociety@yahoo.com thank you very much!

Phyllis
Phyllis
Reply to  H_O_O_P_S
8 years ago

i did send you an email about a month ago & never heard anything from you. Send it to me again & i will check my email this next week to see what you have to say about my Building, "THE PLANT"

josh
josh
9 years ago

the building to my knowledge is haunted i have discovered during some research and filming the interior of this place trying to dig up any paranormal evidence and found some pretty unusual things and have captured a few evp's ,pictures,and video recordings all in personal experiences.

Phyllis
Phyllis
Reply to  josh
9 years ago

i would like to talk to you. please email me @ mrs.tate@sbcglobal.com. i have a lot more info on this building.

self storage
10 years ago

Great comment, love the design of the site too.

ms. t
ms. t
11 years ago

good job with the photos. was the safe open? there was alot of old neat stuff there.

AbandonedOK Team
Reply to  ms. t
10 years ago

No the safe was locked tight. I'm sure there wasn't much inside though. There was hardly anything in the building, and considering its size, its fairly unusual.

phyllis
phyllis
Reply to  AbandonedOK Team
9 years ago

we are going to be opening the safe soon. please get in touch with me if you want to know more. the building is now locked & secured. if you want more info you must ask.

Steve
Steve
Reply to  phyllis
7 years ago

Phyllis, are you the owner of the building? Please email me at stevefluke64@gmail.com

Angela
11 years ago

dear abandonedok, who would we need to contact in order for our team to investigate this great building?

phyllis
phyllis
Reply to  Angela
9 years ago

what do you investigate? i have a lot of info on this building.

H_O_O_P_S
H_O_O_P_S
Reply to  phyllis
8 years ago

i contacted you through the email you provided if you could get back with me it would be much appreciated thanks:)

Phyllis Tate
Phyllis Tate
Reply to  H_O_O_P_S
8 years ago

i have never seen anything from you. try again.

Fiend
Fiend
11 years ago

Ive seen a weighing device just like the one in pic 52 here in an abandoned warehouse in Tulsa

zadea
zadea
11 years ago

Oops, sorry psyco
I mean nice job team.

zadea
zadea
11 years ago

Very nice job, psyco

psychosaw13
psychosaw13
11 years ago

Well thats frickin awesome! Thats a tape of Street Fighter 2 in pic #51 lol
I cant believe they used a building that large for an Ebay shop.

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