Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass
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Thursday, July 07, 2011
Sad News from Fenton Glass
The company, based in Williamstown near the Ohio River, has struggled with rising costs, competition and the sluggish economy. It has furloughed workers several times and in 2007 was on the brink of closing.
It said Wednesday it will soon shut down its main furnace and over the next few months it will be finishing existing glassware from its inventory.
Company president George Fenton says most of his employees will lose their jobs. The company is exploring the sale of one or more product lines.
The Fenton Gift Shop, which operates separately, will re-evaluate its future once it sells through its existing inventory.
from Charleston Daily Mail