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Local company leaving its mark on new city hall in Easton

Company leaves its mark on new city hall in Easton

EASTON, Pa. - They're kicking up a lot of dust at Eisenhardt Mills in Forks Township, Northampton County. Saw dust, that is. The company has been operating since 1937, and this project is helping them leave their mark.

"That's the motivation that really gets us involved in this kind of work," said Donald Lockard, president of Eisenhardt Mills Inc., "because we're leaving something behind."

"They've done great work all over the world," added Easton Mayor Sal Panto. "From the Capitol building in Washington to Independence Hall in Philadelphia to movie stars in California."

This project includes walls in the lobby and city council chambers of the new Easton City Hall. The one place, Panto said, he wanted to spare no expense, because both areas will be seen and used by the taxpayers.

"Quality craftsmanship, quality woodworking by some of the best in the world, and it makes them feel good about their city," said Panto.

The company has been working for months to get the wall ready, making drawings, cutting close to 4,000 pieces, and then staining them. All local labor, all local cherry wood.

"I think another brick in the whole structure of our area, and city of Easton, and also the Lehigh Valley," said Lockard.

The hope, when finished, is to have people appreciate the complexity and simplicity of the lines, angles and textures of the wood.

"Pride in your city has to start first," said Panto. "If you don't have pride in where you live, then you don't care."

There's still a little bit of work left to be done at the new city hall, but you can see the finished product when city hall opens next month.

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