Festival Signals WVa Glass Firm's Vitality

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Milton, W.Va. (AP) -- A historic West Virginia glassmaker is celebrating its economic recovery by opening its doors to the public.

Blenko Glass Co. will host the festival of glass at its Milton plant this weekend.

The festival will include a chance to take classes in various aspects of glassmaking.

In January, the company considered bankruptcy after laying off 26 workers and shutting down its plant in the face of a $500,000 unpaid gas bill.

After orders picked up, Blenko was able to resume production, and now has about 50 employees.

Assistant vice president Katie Trippe says the festival is a good way to reconnect with the public.

Since 1893, Blenko has been making brilliant colored, hand-blown products, including glass for the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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