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Homer Laughlin born 23 March, 1843 in Little Beaver, Ohio, was an American businessman and potter who, with his brother Shakespeare, formed the Laughlin Pottery Company in 1871 in East Liverpool, Ohio.
Laughlin Pottery eventually became the Homer Laughlin China Company. Shakespeare Laughlin left the company in 1879. In 1889, William Edwin Wells joined Homer Laughlin, and seven years later the two incorporated the company. Laughlin sold his interest to Wells shortly thereafter. The company moved operations across the Ohio River to West Virginia land purchased from the Newell family.
The Homer Laughlin China Co. moved all operations to the Newell, West Virginia location in 1907. Operations continue in that location today.
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