Recent News Article About Travel to the West Coast USA

Traveling to the West Coast of the USA was a noteworthy decision by one of the first pencil making companies in the USA, the General Pencil Company. Founded by Edward Weissenborn in 1889 and located in Jersey City Heights, New Jersey, he originally called his company The American Pencil Company. Mr. Weissenborn learned and brought the art of pencil making from his native Germany and six generations later, the company is still owned and operated by the Weissenborn family.
In 1923, the operation became the General Pencil Company and in 1965 they broadened their horizons and set up a new location in Redwood City, California. This enabled them to cater to the Western USA markets, and to be closer to the supply of incense Cedar wood, the material used for encasing graphite, wax and other raw materials to form pencils. http://www.generalpencil.com/ Many of the hand making methods, brought from Germany by Edward Weissenborn in the 19th century, are still used in their California and New Jersey locations today. Art shops and office suppliers sell an extensive range of their quality products, which include charcoal sticks, water color pencils and pastel chalks.
Through the generations, the descendants of Edward Weissenborn have learned and participated in the art of pencil making and today they determine the running practices of the company. Each one of the company’s pencils is carefully encased in incense Cedar wood, one of the reasons the company traveled to the West Coast of the USA.