News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - Pottery lovers celebrated early this July with the good news that Det Merryman, of the Merrymac Collection, is purchasing the Frankoma Pottery Company. From The Journal Record, Merryman says: "The deal will close Friday (July 1) and we hope to have the factory store opened Saturday."
It's planned to move part of the production of the Merrymac Collection ceramic dog line to the Frankoma plant, but Merryman has also promised the continuation of Frankoma products we all know and love.
It was a dark day on December 31, 2004
for pottery lovers when the longtime Oklahoma business, Frankoma Pottery closed its doors.
Since opening in 1933 in Noman, Oklahoma, the company has survived a 110 mile move to Sapulpa, two devastating fires and a bankruptcy in 1991. At that time, the ownership changed from the Frank family to H. Bernstein, an out-of-state investor from Maryland. At the time Administrative manager, Kandy Steeples, was quoted in The Oklahoman as being optimistic, "I know of at least two parties that are interested". The company was listed to sell for 1.3 million and apparently has sold for close to the listing price.
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