Glass factory closes short of century mark

One of the few remaining handmade glass factories in the United States has closed its doors, leaving its future uncertain.

Employees at L.E. Smith Glass Co. were told this week that production had ceased, though a retail shop on the site will remain open indefinitely.

High gas prices, foreign competition and a poor economy led to the shutdown and collapse of talks with a potential buyer last week, said Martin Noonan, president of Boston-based L.E. Smith Glass.

600450 Glass factory closes short of century mark
Date: 5 July 2004

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