“ATTENTION!! THIS CONTAINER HAZARDOUS WHEN EMPTY. Since emptied container contains product residue (vapor or liquid), all labeled hazard precautions must be observed.”
Urban exploration, in general, is much better in the winter than in the summer. Truly abandoned places get overgrown fast, making it harder to move(and almost impossible to do so quietly). Your respirator gets sweaty and uncomfortable, exposed skin gets scratched up, and the heat generally makes things less enjoyable. I faced all these problems at the old Mass and Waldstein Company’s chemical factory, but by far the worst part were the relentless mosquitoes coming from the stagnant, muddy puddles i had to slog through on the way to the interior of the area. Please, if you go here in the warmer months, take some bug spray. Or just wait until winter.
Inside the chemical factory, with huge overturned chemical vats seen on the right side
The Maas and Waldstein Company’s factory was founded in 1876 near the shores of New Jersey’s disgusting Passaic River. Over the years it grew, adding on new buildings and producing everything from soda flavoring to explosives used by the WWI French Army. It was abandoned sometime around the 90’s.
Despite being abandoned fairly recently, the factory is in terrible condition.
The Maas and Waldstein Company Factory has a grim side to its long history. In 1916, workers went on strike for better hours(they only wanted to work 10 hours a day, how lazy is that?) and better pay(they wanted a whole 30 cents per hour!). The company did not listen to their complaints and hired new workers, causing many to lose their jobs. One of the company’s most exploitative ways to get new workers was to send recruiters down south to try and sign on as many poor blacks as possible. To increase the numbers of workers they brought in, recruiters would describe the lynchings of the south in gory detail in attempt to scare blacks to move north and work. They advertised that “To die from the bite of frost is far more glorious than at the hands of the mob.” Blacks came seeking opportunity, but found poor wages, long hours, and dangerous work. The factory had multiple fires and explosions during its history, some so large that people in the area felt their houses shake.
Today, the Maas and Waldstein Company Factory’s many buildings are in very poor condition. If you’re interested in exploring here, try to go soon. I have a feeling it won’t be around much longer.
Evil looking black ooze
Spray paint cans on an old shelf
A can of kerosene, probably used by arsonists
Pretty standard abandoned factory sights
The standard red brick smokestack
4 thoughts on “Maas & Waldstein Company Chemical Factory”
Looks totally cool!
Nicely written! Looks like you were able to pull some good history on the place. This is my favorite post so far. The facility isn’t that remarkable, but knowing the history behind it makes it a standout.
Thank you! Im glad you enjoyed it
Started in lab ANNO 1954 as lab assistant for Harold Palmer and Andy Draghi. John Congleton was the boss of the upstairs lab. Plextone was big . I remember Bob Magnus, Melvin Kaye, Charly Ziliani, Joe Benz, Albert Niebergall, Toni Monteforte, Arthur Simon, Jimmy Bea, Joe Stelker, Ralph Braxton and many others. Dr. Danziger was my last boss.