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Thursday 1 December 2022
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Manufacturer Makes Big Waves in New York’s Smallest City

Table set for an event party or wedding receptionIt’s been estimated that retailers both on and offline will require a a combined 25 million square meters of additional warehouse space over the next five years to store and distribute the goods and products they sell, and Sherrill Manufacturing is one of them.

Located in Sherrill, NY, the state’s smallest city, Sherrill Manufacturing is making a big impression by showing signs of resurgence. For three hundred years, Onieda Limited, a flatware manufacturing company, called the small city of Sherrill its home. Unfortunately, overseas low-wage competition eventually saw Oneida’s downfall. Now, however, the homegrown business set to fill Oneida’s shoes is offering hope to the community once again.

Manufacturing at the Oneida facility began in 1880 and, nearly a century later, 2,500 employees earned good wages there. However, after decades of success, Oneida Limited closed its doors for good 10 years ago.

“Many generations of families that worked in this facility all the way back to the 1800s, we had to say goodbye to about 1,500 people,” said Matt Roberts, President of Sherrill Manufacturing.

Roberts and CEO Greg Owens, simply weren’t ready to say goodbye forever — and were determined to do something about it.

The two former Oneida executives decided to purchase the plant, and Sherrill Manufacturing — the only flatware maker in the entire country — was born. “When we caught wind that the plan was to shut down the Sherrill facility, we knew there was an opportunity there,” Owens explained.

“I knew that we could create a niche business, made in America. We had the equipment, we had the knowledge. It’s very difficult to replicate this factory somewhere else in the United States. And it was also important to save jobs, and I knew we could do it,” Roberts said.

The Recession dealt the company several deadly blows, and Sherrill Manufacturing emerged from bankruptcy just two years ago. Today, however, the company has made a comeback and is growing again.

There are currently 35 full-time employees working four 10-hour days each week, producing high-quality utensils in the most sophisticated, highly-automated flatware manufacturing facility in the world.

Owens says the company’s gross revenue could reach an impressive $3.5 million in 2015.