Last Flatware Maker in America is Alive and Growing

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Thanks to Sherrill Manufacturing Inc., and their brand Liberty Tabletop, flatware (silverware) manufacturing is alive and well in the United States. Founded in 2005, the company took over the sprawling one million square-foot facility from Oneida Ltd. and is now the only flatware maker left in the USA.

liberty_tabletop_flatwareLiberty Tabletop manufactures high quality, 18-10, stainless steel flatware in set configurations that range in cost from $49.95 to $1,189.95. Creating American jobs is at the top of the priority list for owners Matt Roberts and Greg Owens. Quality conscious consumers can purchase the 100 percent Made-in-USA flatware online. “Pricing is competitive with department stores and high end retailers because you are buying directly from that factory,” Owens explains. “By cutting out the middleman we can afford to give our customers quality made in America product at a price that is comparable to imported flatware made using cheap labor. The B2C, or business to customer model is working.”

Fair trade is a growing concern for the American consumer who has seen the sometimes-deplorable conditions in factories overseas.

“We are a family run business and treat our employees like family members,” said Roberts, adding, “In fact, my children and Greg’s children have all worked in various jobs in both production and the office.”

Owens and Roberts have seen firsthand the conditions in flatware factories in Asia and want to offer consumers an alternative. People are often shocked when they hear about the unsafe conditions, use of child and prison labor and subsistence wages that exist in factories throughout the world. “There is certainly none of this involved in the process of making Liberty Tabletop flatware and we are very proud of that,” said Owens.

Liberty Tabletop contributes to the Upstate New York job market by providing local jobs.

liberty_tabletop_facilitySherrill Manufacturing currently employs 38 in Upstate New York, and is expanding production and adding personnel as online sales increase. In addition to flatware the company also offers other American-made tabletop and kitchen items such as cookware, flatware chests, baskets, cutting boards, Coffee Joulies, and silverware art. “Liberty will be adding dinnerware, drinkware, and other Made-in-USA tabletop and kitchen items to the website this summer,” Owens said. “We will soon have a complete lineup of Made-in-America goods to outfit your kitchen and table.”

29 Responses to Last Flatware Maker in America is Alive and Growing

  1. Kathy Donegan - Reply

    May 26, 2017 at 2:53 PM

    So proud of you guys and the effort you have made to continue producing high quality silverware. I guess we’re all spoiled, growing up with Oneida Limited products but I don believe the foreign products can hold a candle to your products. Thank you for continuing the ‘ made in the USA’ quality congratulations Sherrill Manufacturing

  2. Suzanne Stephenson - Reply

    May 26, 2017 at 6:53 PM

    Are the materials American made as well?

    • Greg Owens - Reply

      June 1, 2017 at 4:54 PM

      Yes, our stainless steel is 100% melted and processed in the United States!

  3. Marva Larson - Reply

    May 26, 2017 at 10:32 PM

    Love to buy products made in USA!

  4. Thomas C King Jr - Reply

    May 27, 2017 at 12:33 AM

    Quality American Labor.

  5. Elia Sandoval - Reply

    May 27, 2017 at 6:16 PM

    Good Made in The U.S.A we all should go back to support our country THANK YOU

  6. Jorn Jensen - Reply

    May 28, 2017 at 9:37 AM

    Great to hear this. The US consumer has been duped into using this dead-soft thin crap from overseas. Go to a restaurant and the first thing you have to do is use your knife to straighten the tines on your fork. Fork tines have no points – you stab your food 10 times in order to pick it up. This has become the norm because people have dumbed-down to accept it. We still have our Oneida stainless from years ago – and I worked for the company that supplied the stainless – Allegheny Ludlum Steel.

  7. Bill Kelly - Reply

    May 28, 2017 at 11:25 AM

    Good to see a made in the USA flatware company.
    Hard to find will made stainless flatware now days.
    I still use some Montgomery Ward flatware I got in the early 60s, made in Japan. In later years I never could find anything that equaled the quality and weight of them. They look as good today as when they were new.

  8. Sharon Friedensohn - Reply

    May 28, 2017 at 12:31 PM

    Good job guys

  9. Diann Wilson - Reply

    May 28, 2017 at 6:27 PM

    I have Oneida flatware. Love it. So glad they are still in business..

  10. Gerald Plante - Reply

    May 29, 2017 at 8:58 AM

    Great! Read my comments in Facebook on your post. I remember this bldg. all too well…my dad worked for former Oneida Ltd. for 31 years! Good luck…gotta break down and get some new! Not that the old Oneida silverware is aging…

  11. Donna M. Moser - Reply

    May 29, 2017 at 12:58 PM

    So happy to see that you are making silverware in Sherrill, N.Y. I wish you would open the Oneida store again that was in Sherrill also, loved shopping there for gifts!!

    • Greg Owens - Reply

      May 30, 2017 at 4:25 PM

      You can stop in to see us here at the factory or visit the White Begonia boutique in Sherrill where you will find all of our flatware patterns for sale.

  12. Carole Gehrig - Reply

    May 29, 2017 at 1:13 PM

    Do you have a store in Sherrill at the factory?

    • Greg Owens - Reply

      May 30, 2017 at 4:25 PM

      You can stop in to see us here at the factory or visit the White Begonia boutique in Sherrill where you will find all of our flatware patterns for sale.

  13. Parker S - Reply

    May 29, 2017 at 2:50 PM

    Solid silverware, too?

    • Greg Owens - Reply

      May 30, 2017 at 4:23 PM

      Our product is made with 18-10 stanless steel. We do not make solid sterling flatware any more but we do offer several paterns in silver plate

  14. Kathy Morris - Reply

    May 29, 2017 at 5:37 PM

    Where can I get them.

  15. Anna Gartin - Reply

    May 29, 2017 at 7:34 PM

    would love to see this sold in Ohio.shipping is a deterrent in cost. Keep us informed if you start selling through a distributor in Ohio. I would love to have silverware Made in the USA.

  16. V. Fisher - Reply

    May 29, 2017 at 11:51 PM

    Bravo! So proud of you! Will make sure nieces and nephews know about your company when they decide to get married or move into their own apartment! Keep up the good work!

  17. Peggy - Reply

    May 31, 2017 at 10:36 PM

    Many, many moons ago my father worked at the factory in Sherrill. Thank you so much for keeping the business here in the USA

  18. Wayne H. Cook - Reply

    May 31, 2017 at 10:52 PM

    I have Oneida Stainless flatware from 40 years ago – recently bought Liberty Stainless flatware for a gift . . . if anything, yours beats out the quality and finish of the ‘old stuff’. Until I did the ‘homework’ for this gift I had no idea how sadly the decline in materials/workmanship had fallen over the decades – it was a joy to buy such great flatware and get Made In America as a bonus! Best Wishes for great growth and success.

  19. tom duncan - Reply

    June 1, 2017 at 12:34 PM

    Trump must love you guys! I can assume your flatware is in use at ALL Government dining rooms including all White Houses!

    • Greg Owens - Reply

      June 1, 2017 at 4:52 PM

      Tom, not yet but we are working on it!

  20. mary tome - Reply

    June 2, 2017 at 11:36 AM

    I LOVE to see manufacturing in/returning to the U.S.! So glad to know about this.

  21. Pat Turner - Reply

    June 2, 2017 at 10:37 PM

    Glad to hear you are doing well. I worked for Oneida for many years and it was a sad day when it closed. I hope you continue to grow, you make a fine product so I am sure you will.

  22. Zack Hubbard - Reply

    June 3, 2017 at 11:44 AM

    You guys rock! Keep the “Made in USA” banner flying high.

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