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From 1936 until 1967, the stoneware and pottery were produced under one label. In 1967, Red Wing Potteries liquidated and R.A. Gillmer took over as the owner and president. He shifted the business from mass production into the sales room where he stocked Homer Laughlin, Pfaltzgraff, Noritake and Fiesta.
‘Stewards of the legacy’
Although the two lines are now reunited, Johnson said he expects to keep both labels. “We’ve got a lot to figure out. Whether or not there will be a third brand we don’t know,” Johnson said.
He also hopes to keep the family tradition and the close ties to the community. The Johnsons’ two grown children will play strong roles in shoring up the company.
“We’ll do our best. We really want it to be a family-owned business,” he said. “We want to be good stewards of the legacy.”
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