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Steuben Vase Copper Wheel Engraving. Source: postcard, Corning Glass Center
Steuben Vase Copper Wheel Engraving. Source: postcard, Corning Glass Center

Steuben Glass closure a long time coming

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Steuben Glass will officially shutter its Corning factory on November 29. But as the Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports, the company's closure has been coming for a long time.

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The first president to give a Steuben creation as an official gift was Harry Truman. In 1947, he sent a glass bowl to then-Princess Elizabeth as a wedding gift.

But that legacy is coming to an end for the 108-year-old decorative glassmaker.

In 2008, Schottenstein Stores of Columbus, Ohio bought Steuben.

“The Schottensteins when they bought the company could not have picked a worse time to purchase it.”

That's David Goldstein. He’s president of a club that collects Steuben glass and says he's not surprised that the factory is closing now.

“If I remember correctly, they closed the sale on June 30, 2008, just as the economy was tanking. And of course Steuben is a luxury good and was impacted badly by that.”

The Steuben flagship store in Manhattan is also set to close. Most of the Steuben factory’s 60 workers will be laid off.

 

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