A May 18 event will commemorate the Mound’s history as a Department of Energy research facility. STAFF PHOTO

Marker to pay tribute to Mound top-secret Cold War nuclear research

A marker commemorating the Mound Laboratories contributions to top-secret nuclear research is set to be unveiled next week.

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The Department of Energy and the Ohio History Connection will be part of the unveiling and dedication of the Ohio History Connection Marker at the Mound Business Park May 18.

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The 2 p.m. event will commemorate the Mound’s history as a Department of Energy research facility. 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.

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The DOE announced plans in the early 1990s to close the facility. Following years of redevelopment it is now a 300-acre business park with about a dozen tenants. The event is set to occur at 885 Mound Road.

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