On Nov. 1, 1800, First Lady Abigail Adams wrote to President John Adams about their new home at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, “I pray heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this house, and on all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but wise men ever rule under this roof.”
Adams’ quote would later be carved into the mantle of the White House East Room fireplace. Two centuries later, Americans still take time during November to reflect upon their blessings during the Thanksgiving season; and it’s hard to think of Thanksgiving without the contributions of American manufacturers who are proud members of the NAM.
Americans often wait for special occasions to “break out the fine china” and when it comes to dinner settings, one company, Lawrenceville, N.J.-based Lenox, Inc., stands out among the best. Founded in 1889 by Walter Scott Lenox and organized more like an art studio than a factory, the company still offers one-of-a-kind artwares in lustrous ivory china. Lenox still reigns number one today with half of all fine porcelain dinnerware purchased having the Lenox backstamp.
Lenox remains the only American porcelain used continuously at the White House for more than 80 years. In addition to the White House, Lenox tableware is used in the homes of the vice president, more than 300 U.S. embassies and more than half the governors’ mansions. Lenox has also been the manufacturer of the crystal NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence given to members of the House and Senate who have earned a 70 percent or higher rating on Key Manufacturing Votes as recorded by the NAM during the past Congress (click here to find out how your member of congress ranks up).
Be sure to come back tomorrow for our second installment of Manufacturers & Thanksgiving
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