A long-standing business in Mechanicsburg, Penn. closed its doors one last time in June. Eberly Lumber Company closed recently after 155 years. The Mechanicsburg Borough Council recognized Eberly Lumber Company at a public meeting this week, for the company’s years of service to the community.
The business has been in the Eberly family for five generations. The Central Penn. Business Journal says that Everly Lumber was one of the first businesses in Mechanicsburg.
Brothers Lee Everly and I.S. Eberly III have been running the lumber company for more than 40 years. The brothers said that big box store selection and hours made competition difficult in the Mechanicsburg market.
“Our business is the small homebuilder,” I.S. Eberly told the Business Journal. “And we’re having trouble finding him. I’m not sure he exists like he once did.”
In May, ABC27 News showed one of the inside buildings in which horses were housed when lumber was delivered by wagon.
While the brothers say they would have rather sold or passed on the business, neither of their combined five daughters was interested in taking over the business and buyers were not found. The company is selling three buildings on two acres in Mechanicsburg.
The business announced via its Facebook page that it closed its doors for good on June 19.