What were the factories that once dom...

What were the factories that once dominated the Elizabethonton landscape

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Joe Gallagher

Hamburg, PA

#1 Dec 20, 2008


I remember there was a factory, whose smokestacks you could see from behind the Traveler's Inn motel, I'd like to know the name of the factory, that was there. Also there was an old building going out of town towards Johnson City on the left hand side, I'd like to know the name of this as well.
Joe Gallagher

Hamburg, PA

#2 Dec 20, 2008
I'm sorry I misspelled Elizabethton. Any way I want to know the two factories that are left standing in town

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Since: Nov 07

Where I grew up

#3 Dec 20, 2008
The two decrepit monstrosities in Elizabethton used to be Bemberg & North American Rayon. They manufactured fibers that were used in all kinds of stuff. They've both been gone for years now. I remember in the 50's & 60's when the noon whistle went off that I'd better hightail my way home or my lunch would get fed to the dog & that the smell was a constant. Bemberg is now owned by Charlie VonCannon who has quite a few independent businesses in the street level areas. As far as I know, NARC is empty.
The plant that was on the left as you leave Elizabethton was Inland Container. They made corrugated boxes & have only been out of business for a few years now.
Why do you ask?
Joe Gallagher

Hamburg, PA

#4 Dec 20, 2008
The reason why I ask, is I was told that my grandfather, had worked in these factories, before moving from Elizabethton, to get work, in Pennsylvania. Thank you, for your information.

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Since: Nov 07

Where I grew up

#5 Dec 20, 2008
No problem. I haven't tried it, but I'll bet you could Google the names for more info.
Milo

AOL

#6 Dec 30, 2008
This is an interesting thread. Does anyone know the significance of "Glanztoff Industries?" I think originally Glanztoff owned one or both of the rayon plants. They were both German companies that were confiscated by the US when WW2 broke out. I think Elk ave. was originally called the Glanztoff highway. Going out of town on G street, there was a company located on the left somewhere behind the Domino's pizza called Topper Egg. They sold eggs, chickens, and similar stuff. At one time they had several large chicken houses. There is also a structure still there similar to a silo very near the road. Does anyone know when they shut down?

Since: Nov 08

Johnson City, TN

#7 Dec 30, 2008
Elk ave was called Glanztoff highway .I was raised in the West end of town if my memory is correct the Alexander family ouned Topper egg and the City Mayor is of that family growing up I knew the Mayors Father we all knew him as the "eggman"

Since: Nov 08

Johnson City, TN

#8 Dec 30, 2008
I lived on Dixon street .Dixon street is across from Fort Watauga the highway was two lane then sometimes we would set on the porch at night one night there was a car wreck and a baby was thrown out of the car unhurt .

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Since: Nov 07

Where I grew up

#9 Dec 30, 2008
I remember eggs being hand-delivered to our backdoor. Is my memory correct & was it Topper Egg? I also remember having to wrestle the milk bottles away from our dog when they were delivered.
God, I'm old.
I remember Dixon Street too, D.D. Did you know the Pritchard's? Debbie was one of my best friends & I still keep in touch with her on Facebook. She had an older brother, so I thought you might know them.

Since: Nov 08

Johnson City, TN

#10 Dec 31, 2008
Mopardi wrote:
I remember eggs being hand-delivered to our backdoor. Is my memory correct & was it Topper Egg? I also remember having to wrestle the milk bottles away from our dog when they were delivered.
God, I'm old.
I remember Dixon Street too, D.D. Did you know the Pritchard's? Debbie was one of my best friends & I still keep in touch with her on Facebook. She had an older brother, so I thought you might know them.
I am seaching my mind but dont remember the Prichards I lived there in the 50s and early 60s.Anyone remember the iceman delivering ice he would give us kids the small pieces .No shoes and a gravel road

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Since: Nov 07

Where I grew up

#11 Dec 31, 2008
Yeah, I remember the iceman--he called me "Girly" & was always whistling. I remember the coal truck delivering for our furnace too.
Carter

Butler, TN

#12 Dec 31, 2008
Our government is making it very profitable for companies to move overseas. What is going to happen when we have no jobs? It appears that our government people care more for people overseas than the people that voted them into office.

Since: Nov 08

Johnson City, TN

#13 Dec 31, 2008
Having served in war I hope we never have to fight anymore but I worry with factorys and jobs leaving the country what would we do if we had to fight a world war with no factorys or labor with the know how to build what we need and then theres the oil controled by other countrys that hate us but love our money.
Curious

Nashville, TN

#14 Jun 25, 2012
When did Bemberg actually open in Elizabethton?

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