At the height of operations after World War II, Mound Laboratories in Miamisburg employed around 2,500 workers.
The Mound nuclear research complex housed dozens of buildings on more than 300 acres of land.
The complex grew out of work already being performed there as part of the storied World War II-era Manhattan Project to research and develop the first atomic bomb, leading to the attacks on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which killed more than 200,000 people, and the end of the war.
That work and history will be on display at the new Mound Cold War Discovery Center, says Site Manager Mandy Askins.
“It really does show the success that these former nuclear sites can be remediated and reused and turned back to the community as an asset,” she says.
It may be an asset now, but the area around the Mound site has been a literal sore-spot for decades. In 1989 it was declared a Superfund site and its cleanup was listed as a major priority.
That cleanup was finished in 2010 and since then, the Mound Development Corporation has established a thriving business park including at least 16 employers.
Askins says the new discovery center location just makes sense.