Shenango China Company — New Castle, Pennsylvania
Shenango China began a slow decline during the 1950’s, primarily due to cheap foreign imports of tableware. The company still attempted mergers to solidify their industry dominance, acquiring Wallace China of Huntington Park, California, in 1959 and Mayer China of Beaver Falls in 1964. The Wallace acquisition proved to be a failure (closing in 1964), while the Mayer purchase proved to be quite profitable. However, by the mid-1960’s, the Shenango had laid off more than 1,200 employees.
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