Memories Die Here (2016)

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Shenango China Company — New Castle, Pennsylvania

The abandoned property, totaling just over thirty-four acres, was eventually sold to a wealthy real estate developer in Canada; however the issue of possible toxic contamination at the site stalled the property’s future. OnTuesday, June 28, 2011 a fire engulfed the plant  and billowing plumes of black smoke could be seen for many miles as a large portion of the plant was destroyed. Another fire on Friday, May 25, 2012, did further damage and both fires were determined to the result of arson. As of the summer of 2016 the crumbling plant, still awaiting its fate, remains vacant and eerily peaceful. Thanks for coming along…be sure to check your dishes to see if you have any dinnerware from this location.

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Pulling the Plug (2016)

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Shenango China Company — New Castle, Pennsylvania

In late December 1991 the plant was closed down and the contents of the Shenango China plant, including office furniture and industrial equipment, were sold off at a public auction held on March 1992.

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Cry Me Bitter Tears (2016)

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Shenango China Company — New Castle, Pennsylvania

In early February 1991 it was announced that the operations of Shenango China, now deemed expendable, were being phased out by the end of the year. A portion of the 275 employees would be offered jobs at the Syracuse China in New York, where operations would be centralized and tableware bearing the name “Shenango China” would now be manufactured in Syracuse (until Syracuse China folded in 2009).

 

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Divestiture (2016)

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Shenango China Company — New Castle, Pennsylvania

In July 1989 the Canadian Pacific company announced it was going to divest itself of its fine china holdings, including Shenango, Mayer, and Syracuse China; and would be selling these assets to historic Pfaltzgraff Company of York, Pennsylvania. In early January 1990, Pfaltzgraff announced plans to expand operations at the Shenango China plant, however this effort never materialized. The operations at Mayer China in Beaver Falls were closed down and transferred to the Shenango China plant.

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Retooled as a Tool (2016)

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Shenango China Company — New Castle, Pennsylvania

In January 1988, as Syracuse China was finalizing the acquisition and the Shenango China plant was temporarily shut down. The last 700 employees were laid off and it was soon announced that they would all have to reapply for their jobs with only 250 employees to be re-hired, at lower wages and decreased benefits. When the plant reopened in February 1988 there was anger among those that were not rehired, but also among those that were.

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A Tepid Relationship (2016)

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Shenango China Company — New Castle, Pennsylvania

Shenango China operated as a subsidiary Syracuse China and this move shocked the employees of Shenango China, because Syracuse China was their longtime and bitter rival. Syracuse China officials publicly said they wanted to keep the Shenango China plant open, but most people in New Castle knew this promise was too good to be true. Major uncertainty reigned in New Castle.

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Another Losing Battle (2016)

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Shenango China Company — New Castle, Pennsylvania

In January 1987, after resisting a hostile takeover bid for several months, Anchor Hocking officials agreed to a merger with the Newell Company of Freeport, Illinois. Newell took control of Shenango China, but later passed the assets off to Canadian Pacific (U.S.) – the parent company of Syracuse China – in late December 1987. 

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