Main Auction Services, Inc., buys and sells the latest food service and restaurant equipment by the world's leading manufacturers like Homer Laughlin. Homer and Shakespeare Laughlin, two brothers from East Liverpool, Ohio, formed a partnership in 1871 to sell pottery ware, which was made in the factories located in their hometown. The Laughlin Brothers quickly gained a reputation for quality and, in 1876, their white granite ware won an award at the United States Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia.
From then till now, as Fiesta began to flourish in the retail sector and Homer Laughlin was becoming a leading force in the foodservice china industry, the aging factories were undergoing many changes.By 2002, ownership of the company was shared by third, fourth and fifth generation members of the Wells and Aaron families and others. Many of the shareholders were scattered throughout the country and had little involvement with the business. In an effort to consolidate resources and provide improved direction for the company, Joe Wells III, together with his sisters, Jean Wicks and Elizabeth McIlvain, purchased the interests of the other stockholders. In June, 2002, Joe Wells III was elected president and chief executive officer.
Since the re-organization, the company has experienced continued growth and is poised to move forward with the Wells Family's pledge to continue producing quality, Americanmade china and provide jobs for potters of the Ohio Valley.
Dinnerware by items include:
- Fiesta® ornaments
- Square fiesta®
- Canisters, crocks and vases
- Countertop accessories
- Cups, mugs and saucers
- Pitchers, carafes and teapots
- Place settings
- Replacement parts
Today, Homer Laughlin introduces one new color each year and FIESTA® has become the leading dinnerware brand in casual tabletop, as well as a consistent leader in bridal registries across America.
All the while, collectors have continued to add to the dinnerware to which they were first introduced by their mothers and grandmothers. Today, FIESTA® dinnerware is the most collected dinnerware in the history of the tabletop industry with well over one half billion pieces produced.