Published Fri, May 25, 2012 2:31 pm Dateline
A New York company is working with the owners of Fenton Art Glass on a deal that could restart production.
Gene Bem, chief executive of U.S. Glass, says he hopes to offer Fenton specialty glass to high-end retailers including Macy's and Neiman Marcus.
Bem says he believes the brand can be refreshed, and he could restart the factory as soon as August. The goal is to be in full production next year.
Family-owned Fenton was built in Williamstown in 1906 and has struggled in recent years with rising costs, slowing sales and growing debt.
Last summer, it laid off most workers and now produces only decorative beads.
President George Fenton says no final agreement has been reached yet, but he hopes it works out.