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Greenlit: Salvage City, Discovery Channel

Salvage City (3 x 60′) – St. Louis has been on the world stage for centuries.But after industry left the city, many of the city’s once-thriving factory and warehouse districts became Rust Belt boneyards. For Sam Coffey and his salvage crew, this urban wasteland is a goldmine ripe for plunder. Coffee and his crew break into abandoned buildings and rescue historic treasures doomed for a landfill and transform them into timeless pieces coveted by collectors.

Coffey, a St. Louis native, works hard to preserve the heritage of his hometown, even at the risk of arrest or great bodily harm. With his wisecracking junkyard giant Chris Trotter, designer/business partner Mia Brown, and his loyal German Shepard Hektor by his side, anything is possible. After years of carving out a reputation as a master carpenter and earning local fame exploring a network of caves beneath St. Louis where brewers like Anheuser Busch used to store their beer, Coffey turned his passions into a business, The Factory, where the Salvage City crew transform items salvaged from abandoned buildings into unique industrial art pieces and furnishings.

Episodes will include:

  • This City is a Gold Mine: Coffey and his salvage crew explore an abandoned, decaying burlesque theater, a World War II-era manufacturing plant turned crack house and a vacant turn-of-the-century automotive showroom. Later atThe Factory, the crew tries to transform a looted bowling pinsetter and a giant distilled water tankintobig profit.
  • Sexy Time/Business Time: The crew raids Trotter’s grandparents’ neighborhood, grabbing historic treasures from St. Louis’ segregation era, including a birthing sink from one of the city’s first African-American hospitals and a chandelier from a seminal jazz and blues club.
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth: Coffey and Trotter hope for their biggest take yet in a massive six million square foot abandoned sand mine. The mine flooded after it was abandoned in the 1980’s, leaving historic treasures hidden deep underwater. The crew builds a custom pirate salvage boat and Coffey, Trotter and Hektor descend into the underground.

Channel: Discovery Channel

Producer: Coolfire Originals

TX: 22nd December 2013

Source: Discovery Channel press release

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