Where Is Syracuse China Typically Used?


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Syracuse China, a subsidiary of Libbey Incorporated, manufactures china dinnerware primarily intended for the food service industry. While it is suitable for home use, the main focus of the company is towards the commercial sector. It is mainly sold through restaurant supply companies such as Edward Don and Bargreen Ellingson.

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The Syracuse China Company began manufacturing fine china for household use in 1871. In 1971, after 100 years and four generations of ownership by the original founders, the Pass and Salisbury families, the company came under new management and the focus was shifted from the retail market to the commercial food service industry, starting with hotel ware.

After a few more changes of ownership, Libbey Inc, a large glassware manufacturer based in Toledo, Ohio, purchased Syracuse in 1995. By this time, Syracuse was in wide use throughout the foodservice industry, including hotels, restaurants, catering, and cafeterias. The product line had also grown to include stainless steel flatware. Under the Libbey corporate umbrella, Syracuse joined Libbey Glass, World Tableware, Spiegelau, Nachtmann, SCHÖNWALD, and Reed & Barton, making Libbey Inc one of the largest dinnerware manufacturers in the world.

While the Syracuse name is still imprinted on the china, in 2009 the American manufacturing plant was permanently closed by Libbey as a money-saving strategy, and production was moved overseas to Asia.

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