Cool Stuff Being Made: Pfaltzgraff Dinnerware

From earthenware to ceramics to a full range of stoneware, tableware and giftware, the Pfaltzgraff Company has nearly two centuries of high-quality manufacturing behind it. Like so many Pennsylvania companies, Pflatzgraff began in the minds and muscles of German immigrants, and today…well, here’s what the company website says:

The Pfaltzgraff family immigrated to the United States in the early 1800’s and set up a small potter’s wheel and kiln on their modest twenty-one acre homestead in York County, Pennsylvania. The brand has remained in York ever since. The earliest Pfaltzgraff market was defined to be “as far as you can get with a horse and a wagon and then get back home the same day.” Today you can find Pfaltzgraff products in department stores, gift and specialty stores and our own Pfaltzgraff and Farberware factory stores from coast to coast. In addition, Pfaltzgraff products are available on this website, and through our popular catalogs.

In today’s “Cool Stuff Being Made” tour, Fred Botterbusch, vice president for manufacturing, takes us from clay to cup at the Thomasville facility, one of four manufacturing operations in the York, Pa., vicinity. For cups? It starts with the handle.

To our friends at the Pennsylvania Cable Network, we say “Danke” for the underlying video for this factory tour.

And to the all the good people at Pfaltzgraff, we say good luck and best wishes on your bicentennial. 2011 is just a few years away.

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