Historical marker cements Mound site’s role in nuclear, space ages

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Historical marker cements Mound site’s role in nuclear, space ages

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The Department of Energy and the Ohio History Connection were part of the unveiling Thursday at Mound Business Park in Miamisburg. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

A marker has been dedicated commemorating the Mound Laboratories contributions to top-secret nuclear research.

The Department of Energy and the Ohio History Connection were part of the unveiling Thursday at Mound Business Park in Miamisburg.

“The facilities once here propelled the Unites States through the Nuclear and Space Ages and were named for the nearby pre-historic Miamisburg Mound,” the historical marker at 885 Mound Road states.

“The facility consolidated production of the nuclear-reaction initiators developed for the Unites States’ first atomic bombs during World War II,” according to the marker.

Beginning in the 1940s and throughout the Cold War period, the Mound’s primary mission was the process development, production engineering, manufacturing, surveillance, and evaluation of nuclear and explosive components for the U.S. nuclear defense stockpile.

The DOE announced plans in the early 1990s to close the facility. Following years of redevelopment, it is now a 306-acre business park with about a dozen tenants.

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