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December 18, 2017
WOUB Local News
WOUB Local News
Fenton Art Glass back in business
(2007-12-05)
(WOUB) - Fenton Art Glass is back in business,
thanks to support from dealers and collectors.
The Williamstown-based company is one of West Virginia's last
hand-blown glassmakers.
It had announced in August that it would soon close.
But Fenton Art Glass President George W. Fenton says there's
been a surge in orders and the company has made progress in restructuring its finances.
He says Fenton Art Glass will accept orders for spring 2008.
But there are still hurdles to overcome.
Fenton says the company will be smaller and it will produce and sell fewer items to smaller
groups of dealers. The company also still needs to reach agreement with its vendors and lenders.
Fenton Art Glass employs 120 workers.
It's known for making handcrafted, hand-painted art glass.
Fenton's grandfather started the plant in 1905 and the family continues to operate it.
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