Wendell August Forge Relocating Factory, Store

SPRINGFIELD Township, Pa. – Wendell August Forge, America’s oldest and largest forge that has produced handcrafted metalware since 1923, announced “strategic moves” to streamline its manufacturing processes and enhance accessibility.

The company said in a news release that it is relocating its factory and flagship retail store at 2074 Leesburg-Grove City Road. The factory will move to Slippery Rock, Pa., and the store will relocate to the Premium Outlets of Grove City and open in July.

The store’s new location will offer “extended hours and increased accessibility in a prime location within the mall,” the company said in the release.

“We are thrilled to embark on this exciting new chapter in Wendell August Forge’s storied history,” said Christian Werner, Wendell August Forge president. “These strategic moves not only position us for continued success but also enable us to better serve our loyal customers while contributing to the economic vitality of the region.”

All 70 employees will be retained, Werner said. “Our entire current workforce will be moving to the new facility. This move is about sustaining and hopefully growing jobs.”

Ahead of the move, the company is having a moving sale online and at its current location until it closes at the end of June.

“We have 100 years’ worth of gifts and products that we will sell online and at our current flagship store a mile west of the Premium Outlets,” Werner said. 

Moretto USA Corp., a manufacturer of plastic equipment, has purchased the Wendell August building and will move its Jackson Township operations there in September, reports state.

Pictured at top: An artist’s rendering of Wendell August Forge’s new retail store, which will be located at the Premium Outlets of Grove City.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.