Indiana kitchenware maker with 82 workers closing its plant

A company that has been making metal kitchenware and home products in Indiana since 1902 is closing its plant in Terre Haute, leaving 82 workers without jobs.

Columbian Home Products LLC said in a letter to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development posted Tuesday that it plans to permanently close its plant at 1600 Beech St., with terminations of all employees beginning Dec. 1.

Columbian, which is known for producing pots and pans from a speckled, enameled metal product called Graniteware, was founded in Bellaire, Ohio, in 1871, moved to West Harvey, Illinois, in 1891, and then relocated to Terre Haute in 1902 after its Harvey plant was destroyed in a fire.

The company was owned by General Housewares Corp. from 1968 to 1998 before being acquired by its current ownership group, which is based in North Barrington, Illinois.

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