The Smith-Phillips China Company
Columbiana County, OH

The Smith-Phillips China Company, of East Liverpool, is one of the well established and important industries of Columbiana County. It was incorporated in May, 1901, in the State of Ohio, by Josiah T. Smith, W. S. Smith, Wilson F. Smith, William H. Phillips, and W H Griggs. The plant of the French China Company at Klondyke, Ohio, was purchased and after some remodelling, the manufacturing of dinner ware was begun.

The first officers of the company were: J. T. Smith, president; W. S. Smith, vice president; W. H. Phillips, secretary; W. F. Smith, treasurer; and W. H. Griggs, general manager. Shortly after work had begun W. S. Smith resigned as vice president and V. Q. Hickman was elected to that office. In 1906 Mr. Griggs resigned as factory manager and in the following year his position was filled by E. A. Crawford, which he held until 1915, at which time Thomas Carr came with the company as factory manager. Mr. Carr left, however, in 1916, and J. P. Smith took charge of the manufacturing end of the business until his death in September, 1922. After the resignation of W. H. Phillips in January, 1922, P. V. Robinson and J. W. Mackey, came with the company as secretary treasurer and sales manager respectively. In 1923 H. Dan Smith, J. C. Smith, and P. V. Robinson bought out the interests of V. Q. Hickman and W H Phillips. W. H. Bowman came with the company as factory manager in the fall of 1924.

At the present time the officers of the organization are: P. V. Robinson, president and secretary; Mrs. B. W. Robinson, vice president; H. Dan Smith, treasurer; J. W. Mackey, sales manager; and C. H. Bowman, factory manager.

Since the founding of the company in 1901 every effort has been made to manufacture the highest grade decorated semi porcelain dinner ware possible. The plant is of seven kiln capacity with eight decorating kilns, and equipped with the most modern and up to date machinery and equipment.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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