Frank M. Fenton
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
AP via Yahoo! News
WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. (AP) Frank M. Fenton, longtime president of
Fenton Art Glass and son of its founder, died Tuesday, according
to the company's Web site. He was 89.
Fenton headed the art glass company for nearly four decades with
his brother Bill. The company, the largest manufacturer of
handmade colored glass in the United States, was founded in 1905
by Frank L. Fenton and his brother John in Martins Ferry, Ohio.
"He was a great leader and certainly provided a lot of support and
advice," said George Fenton, Fenton's son and the current CEO and
president of Fenton Art Glass. "He was personally very caring and,
in business, very wise and very astute."
While growing up, Fenton had tried several times to get a summer
job at the factory, but his father turned him down, saying others
needed the work more than he did. Eventually, he was given a
position by his uncle.
Nine Fenton family members now work for the company, which employs
more than 400 people.