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WEB PRESS RELEASE 12-04-2007


We want all of you to see some of the information that went
to our local media today.

For immediate release (11 am ET, 12/4/2007)

FENTON ART GLASS PLANS TO CONTINUE
GLASS PRODUCTION

(Williamstown, W. Va.). The Fenton Art Glass Co. is now
contacting about 900 dealer accounts and will accept orders
from them for Fenton glass items for Spring 2008. Production
of these pieces is currently scheduled to begin within the
next few weeks.

"In the past two weeks, we've made important progress toward
the financial restructuring of our company," Fenton Art
Glass President George W. Fenton said. "There are several
future hurdles, but we're all hopeful that our company will
be able to continue. Since our initial announcement last
August, we have processed many orders for our 2007 products
and received tremendous support from both collectors and
dealers. People from all over the country have visited the
Fenton Gift Shop in recent months, and we're seeing many
local friends, too. We wish to thank our dealers, collectors
and neighbors for this surge in orders because these orders
have been essential in giving us a chance to continue."

"We currently have about 120 employees, and we want to
preserve those jobs," Fenton continued. "The dealer and
customer response to the upcoming Spring 2008 product
offering will help determine our future. Our company will be
smaller than it was, and we will be making and selling fewer
items to a smaller group of dealers. Our company will have
two divisions: Fenton USA will consist of glass made
domestically and Fenton International will consist of glass
and non-glass products that are imported. Each brand will be
clearly marked."

"To complete the task of saving jobs at Fenton and serving
our customers, we will need to reach agreements with our
vendors and lenders," Fenton said. "We also appreciate
the support and patience they have shown during this
difficult time."

Formed in 1905, the Fenton Art Glass Co. has been producing
handmade colored art glass in Williamstown, W. Va., since
January 2, 1907.

 

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