Celriver plant workers seeking to maintain legacy

One-hundred-fifty-foot-tall flake towers once loomed large over the sprawling Celanese Celriver plant.

From 1948 to 2005, the Celriver plant made synthetic fibers. The plant was Rock Hill’s largest employer, with more than 2,000 workers and an annual payroll of $9 million.

Ten years after the plant closed, little is left of the Celriver plant. The site is now Riverwalk, a mixed-use mixed used development that includes a velodrome and BMX Supercross track – two of the city’s premier cycling venues.

The men and women who worked at Celriver want to preserve the plant’s legacy.

After several years of private conversations, their effort goes public this week.

The Celriver Legacy Project will unveil plans for an “environmental” plaza near the velodrome at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Brakefield at Riverwalk, 1111 Brakefield Drive, Rock Hill.

Plans for the plaza call for artwork, interpretative signage and a state historical marker. There also are plans to create a college scholarship fund.

“The men and women of Celriver Plant made tremendous contributions to the Rock Hill community,” former plant manager Ed Ewald said. “Our goal is to preserve the legacy of the people, their work and what they meant to our community, now and for generations to come.”

Want to know more?

For information on the Celriver Legacy Project, go to facebook.com/CelriverLegacyProject or email Mack Bailey at mwbailey@comporium.net or Ed Ewald at ese@comporium.net.