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Tesla Factory in Northern California

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Tesla Factory, Fremont, California

caldroneflyer

Contributor caldroneflyer used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 to film one of the world's largest and best-known factories - the main Tesla assembly plant in northern California.  It's situated in Fremont, a large community on the east side of San Francisco Bay.  The plant began its life in 1962 as a General Motors factory, then became part of a joint venture between GM and Toyota which ended in 2009.  Purchased by Tesla the next year and heavily renovated, it began producing Tesla Model S's in 2012.  

GE Schenectady Plant

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GE Schenectady

Chris Bonanno

Contributor Chris Bonano used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone to create this aerial of one of the most famous factories in the USA.  It's the GE Power Systems plant in Schenectady, New York.  The original factory was built in 1887 for the Edison Machine Works, the manufacturing arm of the great inventor Thomas Edison.  In 1892, in a reorganization orchestrated by the banking house JP Morgan, Edison's companies were merged with competitor Thomson-Houston to form General Electric.

Brooklyn's Domino Sugar Refinery

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New York Megaproject-Brooklyn’s Domino Sugar Factory

odessa1799

New York City was once a major manufacturing center.  Much of its industrial base was focused on food products and other needs of its massive population.  One of its most prominent factories was the Domino Sugar Refinery in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, along the East River.  Once the world's largest sugar refinery, the factory ceased operations in the early 2000's.  Today, as you'll see in this drone video by Odessa1799, it's being redeveloped into an office/residential complex. 

Bethlehem Steel Works

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Bethlehem Steel Works, Pennsylvania

Chris Bonanno

For many decades, Bethlehem Steel Co. was the second-largest US steelmaker.  Its massive original plant on the Lehigh River just east of Allentown, Pennsylvania employed over 35,000 during World War II, when its output of steel plate was critical to the Allied war effort.  Its products also helped to create some of America's most well-known infrastructure, such as the Golden Gate Bridge. In this drone video by Chris Bonnanno, you'll get a bird's eye view of the plant, which ceased operations in 1995.

Factories in China

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Chimneys on the Yangtze River, Shanghai

Mattcoq

By almost any measure, China has become the workshop of the world over the past several decades.  In heavy industries like steel, coal, and other types of metallurgy, its national production is multiples of the highest levels ever achieved by western countries.  In this video, Mattcoq gives us a drone's eye view of some of China's many smokestacks on the Yangtze River near Shanghai, the country's largest city, which lies on China's east (Pacific Ocean) coast.   

German Industrial Heritage Site

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Landschaftspark Duisburg: Germany's Industrial Heritage

Sebastian Ferguson

Contributor Sebastian Ferguson created this amazing drone video of Landschaftspark Duisburg, a park in western Germany which was designed to celebrate Germany's industrial heritage.  It's located near Duisberg, in the Ruhr valley.  This region has been the center of Germany's smokestack industries that enabled the country to overtake Great Britain as Europe's leading manufacturing center in the late 1800's. A steel plant and coal mine (now closed) are the centerpieces of the park.

Coors: World's Largest Brewery

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Coors Brewery - Golden, CO

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Check out this drone video of the world's largest beer facory, compliments of contributor Blaze.  It's the main brewery of the Coors Brewing Company in Golden, Colorado, a western suburb or Denver.  Founded by a German immigrant named Adolph Coors in 1873, Coors was largely a regional brand until the 1970's, whereupon it embarked on a large expansion and became the USA's third-largest brewer.  In 2005, the company was acquired by Canada's Molson Brewing, which is now the #3 worldwide brewer.  

The Springfield Armory

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Springfield Armory, Massachusetts

Chris Bonanno

Contributor Chris Bonanno used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 to create this aerial video of the Springfield Armory in Springfield, Massachusetts.  From the Revolutionary War through the mid-1960's, the Armory was the USA's principal manufacturing site for military firearms.  Its 40x increase in rifle output during the course of the Civil War was one of the key factors behind the Union victory.  Springfield's extensive use of standardization and interchangeable parts also contributed heavily to the USA's industrialization.  

Power Plant in Suburban Chicago

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POWER Station - JPower

Aerial Vision Chicago

In the USA, one of the most consequential trends towards cleaner power has been the shift in electricity generation from coal-fired to gas-fired power.  Fueled by the country's plentiful natural gas supplies, gas-fired plants emit far less particulate, sulfur, and other contaminants compared to coal plants.  In this video, Aerial Vision Chicago gives us a nice drone's eye view of the JPower USA simple-cycle gas-fired power plant in suburban Chicago, IL, which has a rated capacity of 1,350MW.

Ford River Rouge Site

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Rouge River Factory Tour

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In this video, you'll get an aerial tour of the site of what was once the world's largest factory.  The Ford River Rouge plant in Dearborn, Michigan was made of 93 buildings which covered an incredible 16 million square feet.  It initially was a steel plant, then integrated forward into parts and finally to fully assembled vehicles beginning with the famed Model A in 1927.  It employed an incredible 100,000 workers at its peak.  The site closed in 2004 and was more or less demolished by 2008.

World's Largest Window Factory

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Andersen Corporation Window Factory in Bayport, Minnesota

gopherdrone

Gopherdrone created this aerial view of one of the largest manufacturing plants in the USA's Upper Midwest region.  It's a window factory in Bayport, Minnesota that's the main plant for Andersen Corporation, the world's largest wooden window manufacturer with about $2.5 billion in estimated annual sales.  The Bayport plant covers 270k square meters (about 2.8 million square ft.) and sits on a 65 acre site.   The Bayport facility is believed to be the world's largest window manufacturing factory.  

Cereal Factory in the Midwestern USA

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Malt-O-Meal (Post Brands) Cereal Factory, Northfield, Minnesota

gopherdrone

The Malt-O-Meal Company (MOM) grew from modest roots as a maker of a farina wheat product which competed with the Cream of Wheat brand.  It went on to become the largest manufacturer of off-brand packaged breakfast cereals and one of the largest private companies in Minnesota, before being sold to Post Brands in 2015.  In this drone video by gopherdrone, you'll get a bird's eye view of the MOM plant at its former headquarters in Northfield, Minnesota, about 45 minutes south of the Twin Cities.  

Sugar Mill in Puerto Rico

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Abandoned Sugar Mill, Aguada Puerto Rico

Pedro's airtime

For centuries, the economy of Puerto Rico was built on one commodity: sugar.  The sugar cane fields which ringed its coast fed some of the largest sugar mills in the world.  For a variety of reason, the industry went into decline begining in the 1930's, and production today is virtually non-existent. In this drone video by Pedro's Airtime, you'll get a bird's eye view of the now- abandoned Aguada mill, the first integrated mill on the island and for decades one of the world's largest.

Coking Oven in Germany

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Zeche Zollverein: UNESCO World Heritage Site

FreakinTim

FreakinTim created this amazing drone video of one of the most important sites of German industrial history.  The Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex is near Essen, Germany, in the heart of the country's Rhineland region.  The plant shown in the video turned coal from the nearby coal mine to coke, a critical ingredient for integrated  steel manufacturing.  At one point, it was the largest coking operation in the world, and was a vital component of Germany's steelmaking industry.

FPSO: Floating Gas Factory

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FPSO Sail away

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In this drone video, you'll get a bird's eye view of the launching of a type of floating factory known as a Floating Production and Storage Offloading (FPSO) ship.  These massive ships work in offshore oil and gas production fields, processing and storing hydrocarbons before they are transported to consumers around the world.  Originally converted tankers, FPSO's are now dedicated built for purpose vessels.  This one is being launched in South Korea, en route to the offshore fields of Nigeria.  

Coal-Fired Power Plant in Poland

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Power Plant Karolin / Poznań | @dronujemy.com 104 wyświetlenia

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Poland is the second largest coal producer in Europe, after Russia.  The vast majority of the country's electric needs are supplied by coal (and lignite) fired power plants, including the world's largest lignite-fired power plant.  In this video, contributor Dronujemy provides us with an aerial tour of the Poznań Karolin Heat Power Station, which has a rated capacity of about 275 MW.  It's located near Poznan, in the western part of the country.

Cement Factory in Switzerland

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Jura Cement Wildegg - Switzerland - jc

Roger'sSkyBird

Cement is one of the most critical of the bulk materials - without it, most modern construction would be impossible.  The manufacturing of cement has evolved using sophisticated industrial process control, and due to the low value/weight of the finished product it tends to take place close to the point of use.  In this drone video by Roger'sSkybird, you'll get a fascinating aerial view of a cement plant operated by the Swiss company Jura.  It's located in the town of Möriken-Wildegg in the canton of Aargau.

Ironworks in Czech Republic

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Klamova Ironworks

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For centuries, the lands of the Czech Republic have been known for their metalworking industries.  Going back centuries, the Behemian and Moravian regions were home to some of the most arms manufacturing in Europe, and the Czech lands were amongst the first on the European continent to industrialize as the Industrial Revolution began to spread from Britain.  In this drone video from Mikin, you'll get an aerial look at the Klamova Ironworks, a well known 19th century ironworks near Brno.

The Washburn Flour Mill, Minneapolis

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The Washburn A Mill in Downtown Minneapolis

gopherdrone

During America's Gilded Age decades of 1880-1900, Minneapolis was the fastest growing city in the country.  The city's main growth engine during these years was the flour industry, the epicenter of which was the gigantic Washburn A Mill, seen here in this drone video by gopherdrone.  The world's largest flour mill when it opened in 1880, it replaced an earlier version which exploded catastrophically in 1878.  The mill's operator eventually became General Mills, which shut down the facility in 1965.

Cigar Factory in Nicaragua

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MAVIC PRO - DREW ESTATE CIGAR FACTORIES 1&2 - ESTELI, NICARAGUA

Kenneth Espinoza

Nicaragua has been greatly impacted by goings-on in Cuba; dictator Somoza was overthrown in the late 1970's largely due to the efforts of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.  Another way in which the countries are intertwined is in the making of cigars; when Castro assumed power in Cuba, many of the country's cigar makers decamped for Honduras.  In this drone video by Kenneth Espinoza, you'll get a bird's eye view of a cigar factory in Esteli, now the center of the Nicaraguan cigar industry.

Abandoned Steel Plant in Birmingham, Alabama

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Abandoned Steel Mill - DJI MAVIC PRO - 4k

Alec Smirts

Birmingham, Alabama was once known as the Pittsburgh of the South for its steel factories, which turned the city into the largest manufacturing center in the Southeastern USA for a time.  Beginning in the 1970's, the industry retrenched here as it did in the north, and many blast furnaces were shut down.  In this drone video by Alec Smirts, you'll get an aerial view of one of the Ensley Works, which was operated by Tennessee Coal, Iron & Railroad Co. until being completely shut down in 1984. 

Nuclear Power Plant in Minnesota

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Monticello Nuclear Power Plant, Minnesota

gopherdrone

Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant is a nuclear power plant located about 45 minutes northwest of Minneapolis, MN.  Built in 1971, its General Electric boiling water reactor produces just over 670 MW of power at its current rated capacity. One of roughly 60 nuclear plants operating as of 2019, the Monticello plant is owned by the Minneapolis-based utility company Xcel Energy.  Check it out from above in this drone video by gopherdrone.   

Paper Mill in Oregon

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Oregon's Blue Heron Paper Mill

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The USA's Pacific Northwest was once home to a huge forest products industry, with hundreds of saw and paper mills around the region.   With the rise of much tighter environmental restrictions, high labor costs, and tough competition from foreign producers, the industry in Washington and Oregon has been decimated.  In this video, contributor 60 Seconds gives us a bird's eye view of a paper mill in Blue Heron, OR which succumbed to the poor conditions and was abandoned several years ago.

Anheuser-Busch Brewery, St. Louis

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Anheuser-Busch Brewery, St. Louis

mavictraveler

Check out this drone video of one of the world's largest breweries, compliments of contributor mavictraveler.  It's the main Anheuser-Busch beer factory in St. Louis, Missouri.  Situated on the Mississippi River just downstream from downtown, the complex consists of nearly 200 individual buildings.  A designated National Historic Landmark, the complex was originally the handiwork of AB co-founder Adolphus Busch, who immigrated to this Midwestern city from Germany in the mid-19th century.  

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Industrial archeology

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