Superfund Site Profile


The Midwest Manufacturing/North Farm Site consists of two separate pieces of property known as the North Farm Operable Unit (OU1) and the Midwest Manufacturing Operable Unit (OU2).  OU1 is located two miles north and one-half mile east of Kellogg, in Jasper County, Iowa. A disposal cell at the North Farm site (OU1) and a plant facility at the Midwest Manufacturing site contaminated soils and groundwater with heavy metals and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Following cleanup, monitoring is ongoing. In 1973, Smith Jones, Inc., purchased the OU2 property from Midwest International, Inc., of Des Moines, Iowa, formerly called the Midwest Metal Stamping Company.  From 1973 through 1981, Smith Jones, Inc., engaged in electroplating special order stamped metal pieces, a process which involved the use of various metals to coat manufactured products.  Cadmium was used as the metal coating prior to 1979, nickel was used until 1980, and in 1980 and 1981 zinc was used.  The electroplating process involved the use of trichloroethylene (TCE) to clean a product before it was coated with metal.  All electroplating operations ceased in June 1981.