Carter Carburetor Site in St. Louis, Missouri
The Carter Carburetor Site, 2840 N. Spring Avenue, in St. Louis, Mo., was operated by the Carter Carburetor Corporation and Carter Automotive Products, both of which were subsidiaries of ACF Industries, Inc. from the 1920s until about 1984. The plant consisted of several connected multi-story manufacturing, testing, office, and warehouse buildings that contained approximately 480,000 square feet of space. During its operational life, the plant manufactured carburetors for gasoline- and diesel-powered engines. In 1984, ACF Industries, Inc. closed the plant and dismantled much of the equipment.
Although numerous chemicals were used in the plant's manufacturing process, the primary environmental contaminants that remain at the site include polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), trichloroethylene (TCE), and asbestos.