Halltown Paperboard Mill
Celebrating 150 Years
In July 1869, 10 years before the invention of the light bulb, the mill in Halltown, WV became a fully operational paperboard mill. Beginning as Eyster and Son and later becoming known as Halltown Paper Board Co. The mill produced 6-tons of product from recycled-material per day. It holds a rich history and a long-running contribution to employment. Halltown Paperboard Mill is the oldest continuously operating industry in West Virginia. In 150 years, it has never had a mass layoff.
Sitting peacefully, next to the railroad tracks on the Flowing Springs Run stream nestled between Harper’s Ferry and Charles Town, WV, Halltown Paperboard Mill continues to provide jobs, improve the economy and operate as one of the oldest industries in the United States – paper making.
Paper Production Then and Now
The basic process of producing paper today is much the same as it was in 1869. Although, that doesn’t mean the production process is lacking in science or needed skills for the output of a reliable and useful product. The mill workers are astute in their trade – mechanically inclined and solution-oriented. Many have entered the paper industry to spend their entire careers producing a quality paper product, teaching others the skills of the trade and leading teams.
Many people marvel at the long-standing tradition of papermaking and the continuous operation of the mill. The longevity of the mill has been attributed to the history of strong leaders and dedicated and experienced employees. Through the years the Halltown Mill leadership has successfully focused much of their attention on refining energy consumption and efficiency, assuring waste material was available for recycling, reinvesting profits back into the mill for upgrading equipment, and keeping a strategic perspective on the highs and lows of the industry.
From halls dimly lit with lanterns in 1869 to the 2018 conversion of coal energy to natural gas, the mill in Halltown has sustained the test of time. In the 150-year span, the mill has been challenged by the depression following the Civil War, the Great Depression, World War II, fires, two floods, robbery, the introduction of plastics, and massive shifts in society. As the world around it has exploded with technology, retail growth and government expansion it sits, peacefully, next to the railroad tracks on the Flowing Springs Run stream nestled between Harper’s Ferry and Charles Town, WV, dedicated to making paper and taking care of people.
Halltown Paperboard Mill Today:
- Recycles 1.8 million gallons of water per day
- Recently converted from coal-powered to natural gas
- Produces 120 tons of paperboard per day
- Employs over 70 people
In the 150-year lifespan, the Halltown Paperboard Mill had only four groups of owners. Many say the small changes in leadership were one of the contributing factors to the longevity of the mill. Pictures of the original Eyster family still grace the walls of the mill offices and conference room paying respect to the original ownership and the legacy they left to Halltown.
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Grist Mill and Depot were purchased by John H. Strider, William C. Eyster, Joseph Allison Eyster and George Eyster and became known as Eyster and Son Mill. The new leadership transitioned the mill into a fully operational paperboard mill.
Joseph Allison Eyster and his son George Eyster became full owners of the mill, buying out Willam Eyster and John Strider
In December of 1912, Joseph Allison Eyster passed away. George Eyster changed the name of the mill to Halltown Paper Board Co.
Halltown Paper Board Co was sold by George Eyster to Old Dominion Box Company, Inc.
Old Dominion Box Company, Inc changed the name of the mill to Valley Board Corporation
Still under the ownership of Old Dominion Box Company, the name was changed again to Halltown Paperboard Company
Republic purchased the mill in 1995 and the mill remained Halltown Paperboard Company
The mill was purchased by Ox Industries, Inc. in 2007 and is now called Halltown Paperboard Mill.