Fenton delays closure thanks to new orders

WILLIAMSTOWN, Ohio – The closing of Fenton Art Glass has been postponed, thanks to a surge in orders since the firm announced in August that it was going out of business after 102 years.

“In the past two weeks, we’ve made important progress toward the financial restructuring of our company,” president George W. Fenton said in a release on Dec. 4.

In addition to mounting production costs, the company faced more than $230,000 in personal property taxes and real estate taxes from 2006.

“There are several future hurdles, but we’re all hopeful that our company will be able to continue,” Fenton said in the release. “Since our initial announcement last August, we have processed many orders for our 2007 products and received tremendous support from both collectors and dealers. People from all over the country have visited the Fenton Gift Shop in recent months, and we’re seeing many local friends, too. We wish to thank our dealers, collectors and neighbors for this surge in orders because these orders have been essential in giving us a chance to continue.”

The company has plans for two divisions: Fenton USA will consist of glass made domestically and Fenton International will consist of glass and non-glass products that are imported. Fenton currently has about 120 employees.