Unilever Soap Plant; Pagedale, Missouri

This former Unilever plant in Pagedale, Missouri sits on 20+ acres and features over 320,000 square feet of existing, interior space. It was built in 1953, and ceased operating in 2001. The Terminal Railroad runs nearby and once serviced the commercial giant at this former manufacturing center. There had been plans in 2003 to renovate the site, but as far as I can tell, all that is happening now has to do with a large paved area northwest of the central building being used as a school bus parking lot. It is a unique and interesting site that once supplied over 200 jobs to the region.

All photos Nikon D300 with Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G lens.


4 Responses to “Unilever Soap Plant; Pagedale, Missouri”

  1. Toni Tiller Says:

    what a great space to get to explore, i am envious!

    • Jason Gray Says:

      Hi Toni,

      Yeah, it really is an amazing place; I plan to go back at some point to explore the second half. If you are ever in the area….

  2. I actually worked at this facility in the 90’s. At its peak there were over 500 people working there making Surf, Wisk, Snuggle, All, etc. The two large circular openings were the spray drying towers for the detergent. They cleared a huge amount of equipment and tanks for the scrap steel. Ultimately Unilever sold off all these brands.

    • Jason Gray Says:

      Hi John, thanks for your response! The building is fantastic, and I am sure that you would have some really interesting insights from working there. I’d love to talk to you more about what it was like. If your interested, please feel free to send me a message at grayphotostl@yahoo.com.


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