The Last Eberhard Faber Factory

Faber Attic Blackwings

In 1956-57, the Eberhard Faber Company moved operations from their Greenpoint, New York location (established in 1872) to a state-of-the-art facility in Crestwood Industrial Park, located in Mountain Top, Pennsylvania.

Some 37 acres of woods were cleared for the facility, which was designed by Eyerman, Hoban, and Sincavage, a firm based in Wilkes-Barre. The 7-acre facility boasted a 250,000-square-foot factory, and by some reports, more than six miles of conveyor belts.

Eberhard Faber Plant Construction 1

The factory would eventually employ approximately 400 workers until 1986, when in a cost-saving move several departments were relocated to Mexico. By 1988 however, the company was sold to Faber-Castell U.S.A. in Lewisburg, Tennessee, despite an offer from Dixon.

Eberhard Faber Plant Construction 2

The building was last occupied in 1998 by a company involved in the pool industry. By 2010 the building had been razed, but Crestwood Industrial Park continues to host more than a dozen companies.

Eberhard Faber Plant 1957

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4 Responses to The Last Eberhard Faber Factory

  1. memm says:

    The aerial photos give a good idea of the scale of pencil production. Thanks for showing and for providing more information about the ‘move’.


    • Sean says:

      You’re welcome. I should mention that the move was motivated by a desire for better distribution routes, and that the Brooklyn factory had been outgrown;the buildings needed ever increasing repair.


  2. penciltalk says:

    Dixon wanted to buy Eberhard Faber? Wow, I didn’t know that.

    Thanks for the post!


  3. Jimmy says:

    Worked at the Lewisburg plant 12 years.


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