Fiesta Tableware to close Hall China plant
EAST LIVERPOOL — The Fiesta Tableware Company on Thursday announced it has issued a WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) Act notice that it will permanently close its East Liverpool facility, Hall China, 1 Anna St.
The closing will mean the loss of employment for 59 active employees, the company said in a news release. Twenty-one temporarily laid-off employees from this facility will not be recalled. However, the company said, jobs will be available soon at its Newell, W.Va., facility and these employees are strongly encouraged to apply. Some positions are open immediately
“The prolonged impact of COVID-19 on our business has caused us to make some difficult staffing and operational decisions,” said Liz McIlvain, president and CEO of Fiesta Tableware.
The release said the closure of Hill China will enable Fiesta Company to reduce overhead by consolidating resources into one main facility. Various equipment will be moved to the main production headquarters in Newell.
“This physical consolidation will enable our manufacturing process to function more quickly and efficiently providing all the same iconic product lines. We’ll be able to increase our production rates and provide a faster turnaround, which is crucial in today’s demanding consumer landscape,” explains McIlvain.
The active employees will be laid off in stages. The bulk of the layoffs will occur when production ceases, but some employees will be retained for a short period of time to complete the closure activities. The layoffs will begin Feb. 11 or within 14 days after that date. The temporarily laid off employees will be considered permanently laid off effective February 11.
“This facility has been a longstanding fixture in our community and an innovator of American pottery since 1903,” McIlvain said. “We’ll continue to honor the legacy through the knowledge and craftsmanship that has been passed along to The Fiesta Tableware Company through the consolidation of the plants locally and continued operations in the tri-state area.”