The Homer Laughlin China Company® and Union Reach Agreement on New Three-Year Contract

NEWELL, W. Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Homer Laughlin China Company and its employee members of the Glass,
Molders, Pottery, Plastics & Allied Workers Union (GMP) Local 419 today
reached an agreement on a new three-year labor contract. Union
officials, led by Tom Hubbard, GMP Local 419 president, informed Homer
Laughlin that the agreement had been confirmed. Approximately 600
union-represented employees are covered by the approved contract.

Homer Laughlin President Elizabeth McIlvain said, “Although healthcare
prices have continued to rise, we were able to reach an agreement that
suited both parties. This three-year contract demonstrates that both
sides were committed to reaching a consensus.”

“The approved contract is good news for Homer Laughlin, but also for our
community, the union, our employees and, of course, our customers,”
McIlvain added. “We thank our represented employees who have solidly
backed this agreement. It not only provides a good job package, but also
allows us to continue the manufacture of our high-quality, American-made
dinnerware right here in West Virginia, USA.”

About The Homer Laughlin China Company

The Homer Laughlin China Company, founded in 1871, is the largest
domestic tableware manufacturer in the United States, employing over 800
skilled craftsmen in a 37-acre facility. Together, the Homer Laughlin
China Company and Hall China are the HLC Inc. family of companies. HLC’s
diverse range of lead-free commercial dinnerware meets every conceivable
need for today’s discerning chefs and restaurateurs. Setting the tone —
not just the table — is at the heart of the HLC commitment to its
customers. For more information, please contact HLC Inc., 672 Fiesta
Drive, Newell, WV 26050. Phone: (800) 452-4462. Fax: (800) 533-8918.


For The Homer Laughlin China Company
Pete Zeller, 216-579-6100 ext.