My last stop in West Virginia was at the Homer Laughlin China Company. Founded in 1871, the company has been at its current location in Newell, West Virginia since 1903. They are most well known for being the maker of Fiesta dinnerware but half their business comes from dinnerware that they sell to hotels and restaurants.
The factory itself is 37 acres under roof. One of the lines where Fiesta is made starts with raw clay dropping into a mold and half a mile later its a fired piece of pottery. The factory is also a bit of a time capsule for pottery making machinery. They use a range of equipment that dates back to World War Two to fully automated and computerized pottery making lines.