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Nation’s oldest cutlery maker files for bankruptcy
Chapter 11 » Lamson & Goodnow has been making knives, kitchen tools for 177 years.
First Published Aug 20 2014 10:45 am • Last Updated Aug 20 2014 10:45 am

Buckland, Mass. • The nation’s oldest cutlery manufacturer has filed for bankruptcy after 177 years of making knives and other kitchen tools.

The Recorder of Greenfield reports that Lamson & Goodnow Manufacturing Co. of Shelburne Falls, Mass. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this month, which protects the company from creditors as it reorganizes.

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The business has also put its 18-acre factory complex up for sale.

According to federal bankruptcy court in Springfield, the company filed for bankruptcy protection as a result of two multimillion dollar loans it could not repay. The company owes $1 million on a U.S. Small Business Administration loan and more than $2 million to the small business corporation in New York.

Founded in 1837, the company has been owned by James Ross Anderson since 1998.




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