Niagara Ceramics Is Local And Proud!

March 5, 2011 Updated Mar 5, 2011 at 12:12 PM EDT

By WKBW Programming

March 5, 2011 Updated Mar 5, 2011 at 12:12 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) Inside the Niagara Ceramics factory, everything is in constant motion.

"We run 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year...and we have to!" exclaimed owner Bob Lupica.

He tells Eyewitness News, "We're firing our kilns all the time, so they always have to be moving."

But things almost came to a screeching halt for this 360,000 foot operation seven years ago when the former owner Oneida was planning to close the plant...then known as Buffalo China.

That is until Bob Lupica stepped in and bought the company.

"I'm proud of the fact that we're able to keep this here. I'm proud of the fact that we're able to keep people working here, and I'm proud of the fact that the people here understand the commitment to history, to the pride they have to keep this working," Lupica passionately explained.

For over a century this factory has been pumping out high end ceramic restaurant ware known for classic designs and durability.

When the company was first started by the Larkin family in 1901, it created dishes for loyal Larkin soap customers. Today it creates custom designed dinnerware for restaurants all over the country.

"Olive Garden, or Carrabas, or Outback Steakhouse, or Jay Alexander's, or E.B. Green's ( in Buffalo )," are some of the restaurants Lupica recognized as loyal customers.

Supervisor Fred Berent notes, "First thing you do before the food goes on the plate is turn it over and see if it's Buffalo China or Niagara Ceramics...if it's not, I'm sorry, I can't eat off it!"

Niagara Ceramics is one of only two companies still making dinnerware here in the United States. Something they're proud to be doing right here in Buffalo.