- Waterford Crystal
Waterford Crystal is a
trademarkbrand of crystal glasswareproduced in Waterford, Ireland, and in recent years (largely as sub-brands) in other locations, by the company Waterford Wedgwoodplc., previously trading as Waterford Glass Ltd.
businesswas originally founded in the city in 1783by George and William Penrose; it produced extremely fine crystal that became world-renowned. However, their company later closed, reportedly due to excessive taxationof the product. In 1947, Czech immigrant Charles Bacik, grandfather of Irish senator Ivana Bacik, established a glass works in the city, due to the superb reputation of the original glassware. Aided by fellow countryman and designer Miroslav Havel, the company started operations in a depressed Ireland. By the early 1950s it had been taken over as a subsidiary of the Irish Glass Bottlecompany. Waterford Crystal Limited is currently a subsidiary of Waterford Wedgwood plc, itself formed through the acquisition by the then Waterford Glass Group of the famous potterymanufacturer Josiah Wedgwoodin 1986. The current chairman is Tony O'Reilly, and the CEO John Foley. The leading shareholders are billionnaire O'Reilly and his family, joined in the last decade by O'Reilly's brother-in-law, Greek shipping heir Peter Goulandris.
2005, Waterford Wedgwood announced the closure of its factory in Dungarvanin order to consolidate all operations into the main factory in Kilbarry, Waterford City, where 1,000 people are employed by the company. The move resulted in nearly 500 Dungarvan workers losing their jobs.
The Kilbarry operation features a tourist centre offering guided tours of the factory, a gift shop, cafe, and gallery.
Waterford produces many patterns of lead crystal stemware, including lines such as Adare, Alana, Colleen, Kincora, Lismore, Maeve, Tramore, and many others.
chandeliers hang in well-known buildings like Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey, and the Kennedy Center, and they have made the crystals for the famous New Year's Eve Ball that is dropped each year in New York City's Times Square. The ball is a 1,070 pound geodesicorb, six feet in diameter and is lit by 600 clear and colored high-intensity halogen bulbs and 96 halogen strobe lights. [ [http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10652228/ MSCBC "Times Square ball to get LED makeover"] (retrieved 31 December 2006)]
Sporting trophies are also crafted by Waterford, such as the Masters Series crystal shield trophies that are awarded to the winner of each of the nine men's professional tennis Masters Series tournaments, and the
AFCA National Championship Trophythat is awarded to the US college footballteam which finishes the season at the top of the Coaches Poll.
Also crafted by Waterford are the winning trophies for the French and German Grand Prix in
Formula One, and a bat and ball trophy presented at the final game at Yankee Stadium to Derek Jeter.
* [http://www.waterford.com/ Official site]
* [http://www.waterfordvisitorcentre.com/ Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre]
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