GROVE CITY, Pennsylvania - A Mercer County company that has been rising from the ashes is moving forward with construction of a new building and sales of their metal gift ware in a major department store.
The first beam has been raised for the new Wendell August Forge on Route 208 near the Grove City Outlets. The 52,000 square foot facility is scheduled to be complete by late summer/early fall. Fire destroyed the company's Grove City workshop, flagship store and offices in 2010. The company has been operating out of temporary spaces since the fire.
Wendell August president Will Knecht said that the new facility will include the flagship store, manufacturing workshop which will be open for tours, distribution center and corporate offices. The total project cost is more than $8 million. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett awarded the company an economic development grant.
Starting this summer, Wendell August is rolling out regional tests of their metal gift ware in Macy's stores in Indianapolis, Ind.; Lexington, Ky. and Columbus, Ohio. More cities are to be announced.
He said the items that will be sold are designs of local cityscapes and local college and university product. Some of the company's core entertaining pieces and wedding gifts will also be offered.