Niagara Ceramics to Close, 110 People to Lose Job

September 9, 2013 Updated Sep 10, 2013 at 6:16 PM EDT

By Mitch Simon

September 9, 2013 Updated Sep 10, 2013 at 6:16 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Dinnerware manufacturer Niagara Ceramics will be closing, leaving 110 people without a job.

The plant located on Hayes Place in Buffalo

A notice was issued on the New York State Department of Labor's website, stating the closing date is today.

In May, The Longaberger Co. announced it would take over part of Niagara Ceramic's plant to make pottery products.

Congressman Chris Collins released a statement today, stating:

“I am sorry to hear of the closure of Niagara Ceramics, something I learned about today for the first time from the media. I transferred my ownership interest in Niagara Ceramics in 2012, at no cost, to the management team in an effort to give them the best chance possible at future success. I have had no involvement in the company since that point. Prior to 2012, I had not been involved in day to day management of the company since 2007.

Niagara Ceramics consistently struggled because of unfair competition from Chinese manufactures who benefit from China manipulating its currency at the expense of American jobs. As a Member of Congress, I believe strongly that the U.S. must take a harder stand against this unfair practice by the Chinese government.”

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