MOUNT VERNON — As American National Can Co. was closing the Mount Vernon plant, it offered items of interest to the Knox County Historical Museum.
The plant had an amazing history. It started as Shellmar Products, then Continental Can Co., next Ludlow and finally American National Can Co. The facility was demolished so there is no evidence of its existence, except in the museum, that now has an exhibit ready for the public.
Some of the items now on exhibit in the museum include several plaques. One lists veterans, especially those in World War II (it used to stand proudly in front of the plant by the Army/Navy “E” award given to Shellmar during World War II); the plaque carrying the names of retiree awards given to the plant by the flexible packaging industry; samples of products made for customers; newspaper articles praising development of needed products such as the packages carrying meals on the Apollo trip to the moon, and much more.
The museum, at 875 Harcourt Road, is open from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays.