The World War II Ordnance Department's Government-Owned Contractor-Operated (GOCO) Industrial Facilities: Ravenna Ordnance Plant Historic Investigation.
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This report presents the results of an examination of historical records related to the construction and operations of the Ravenna Army Ammunition Plant RVAAP, Ravenna, Ohio. This project was undertaken as part of a larger Legacy Resource Program demonstration project to assist small installations and to aid in the completion of mitigation efforts set up in a 1993 Programmatic Agreement concerning a program to cease maintenance, excess, and dispose of particular properties. The major focus of the project at RVAAP was to document the impacts that the facility had on the state and local environments. As one of the Ordnance Departments Government-Owned Contractor-Operated industrial facilities, RVAAP was designed to load, assemble, and pack munitions and materiel for European and American forces during World War II. In addition to explaining technical aspects of the load, assemble, and pack process, this report discusses the direct and indirect effects construction and operations had on the city of Ravenna and the smaller communities of eastern Portage County. Although many communities near GOCO facilities across the nation faced new economic problems at the end of World War II due to the closure of those facilities and subsequent exodus of workers, eastern Portage County felt slightly less impact because of the U.S. governments continued use of RVAAP and its neighbor, the Portage Ordnance Depot, during the post-war years.
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