Steelite acquires The Homer Laughlin China Company and Hall China Company Foodservice Operations
Fiesta Dinnerware brand has been rebranded as The Fiesta Tableware
Company following Steelite’s acquisition of the former Homer Laughlin
China Company foodservice operations.
â€œIn an ever-evolving business environment, opportunities present themselves for companies to transform and grow through strategic planning and decisive action,â€ says Elizabeth McIlvain, President of The Fiesta Tableware Company. â€œThe timing was right for us. We have made a bold move to redouble our retail efforts and to free up needed resources to achieve our retail goals.â€
Steelite is assuming manufacturing and sales responsibilities for the two foodservice brands: the Homer Laughlin China Company and the Hall China Company. The existing Fiesta retail business is not part of the sale. This does not have any effect on the Fiesta brand, which was manufactured by The Homer Laughlin China Company since 1936. The Fiesta Tableware Company will continue to operate in Newell, WV, as a retail-only tabletop and giftware manufacturer. In addition to the Fiesta brand, The Fiesta Tableware Company also will manufacture and sell other tableware designs to the retail market.
â€œWith the ability to focus exclusively on the retail side of our business, we are poised to exploit new opportunities for growth in the marketplace, further develop our private label and OEM programs, offer more exclusive pieces for our retail partners, provide a more robust product assortment to our entire retail customer base, seek out new retail partners, and expand our relationships with existing retail and OEM partners,â€ says Rich Brinkman, VP, Sales & Marketing of The Fiesta Tableware Company.
The company remains committed to continuing to manufacture Fiesta and its expanding product collection in Newell, WV, as it has been since 1936. This focus exclusively on retail products frees up much needed production time to answer previous challenges in special retail markets. â€œWeâ€™ll be better equipped to increase retail delivery speed and frequency,â€ Brinkman adds. â€œWeâ€™ll definitely be more nimble than weâ€™ve been in the past.â€