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5:55 PM, Sep 9, 2013   |    comments
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BUFFALO, NY-- Niagara Ceramics filed noticed with the New York State Labor Department that they intend to close for good.

The notice was posted Monday on the state's website.

Niagara Ceramics, formerly known as Buffalo China, manufactured dinnerware and china. They provide commercial dinnerware for many chain restaurants and nursing homes.

The closure affects 110 employees at the Hayes Place company. in Buffalo.

Congressman Chris Collins (R) issued this statement:

"I am sorry to hear of the closure of Niagara Ceramics, something I learned about today for the first time from the media. I transferred my ownership interest in Niagara Ceramics in 2012, at no cost, to the management team in an effort to give them the best chance possible at future success. I have had no involvement in the company since that point. Prior to 2012, I had not been involved in day to day management of the company since 2007.

Niagara Ceramics consistently struggled because of unfair competition from Chinese manufactures who benefit from China manipulating its currency at the expense of American jobs. As a Member of Congress, I believe strongly that the U.S. must take a harder stand against this unfair practice by the Chinese government."

2 On Your Side has contacted Niagara Ceramics, our calls have not been returned.

Collins told 2 On Your Side that he is aware that the company had financial struggles and was in discussions with another company, however, he would not identify the company.

"Based on financial issues, I wonder if its setting the stage for a clean takeover by the company they've been talking to for the last year or so," he said.

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