Dixon Ticonderoga Company (Florida State) : The oldest office and art supplies maker in the United States


(USKings.us) The Dixon Ticonderoga Company is an office and art supplies maker from the United States, with headquarters in Heathrow, Florida.

The company offers a number of brands, with one of the most well-known being Ticonderoga - the yellow No. 2 pencil known for its distinctive green and yellow ferrule. Other brands include Dixon and Oriole pencils, Dixon Industrial products, Prang school and art supplies, and Lyra art products.

The company was formed by the merger of Joseph Dixon Crucible Company of New Jersey with the Bryn Mawr Corporation of Pennsylvania, dating to 1795. The company was founded by Joseph Dixon and his son. The pencil's name originates in the graphite ore discovered on Lead Mountain in 1815 and processed in Ticonderoga, New York. A museum dedicated to the Dixon pencil is located in Ticonderoga, New York on property adjacent to where the graphite processing facility once stood.

In 2005, the company was acquired by FILA, a manufacturer of school and art supplies based in Milan, Italy. In 2008, Dixon acquired 200-year-old German-based manufacturer, LYRA. Dixon planned to begin distribution of Lyra products in the US in mid-2009.

Since 2009 the director of business development for the Dixon Ticonderoga company has been Lee Corso (who is better known as a sports broadcaster on ESPN). According to USA Today, his on-air trademark is waving a pencil to punctuate his speech.

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