Update: Efforts begin to find a buyer to keep Red Wing Pottery open


One day after news surfaced that Red Wing Pottery was going to close or be sold by the end of the year, negotiations are underway to keep the iconic businesses alive.

The Rochester Post Bulletin reported that the owners of Red Wing Pottery are trying to line up someone to take it over. The newspaper said that Scott Gillmer, whose family has owned Red Wing Pottery for three generations, is talking with a potential buyer and hopes to know by the end of month if he'll be able to sell it.

"First and foremost in my mind now is finding the right person to carry this forward," Gillmer told the newspaper.

WCCO reported that Gillmer said that he was optimistic that someone would step in to buy the 140-year-old business and that some "strong possibilities" have emerged.

If a new owner is not found, the business will close at the end of December. Gillmer has said Red Wing Pottery has faltered and become unprofitable in the years following the recession. The business includes a collection of shops and a studio where artisans make salt-glazed pottery and has 13 full-time and 25 part-time employees.

Red Wing Pottery pieces are popular with collectors and helps to attract crowds of tourist to the Mississippi River city. On site mass production of the iconic Red Wing crocks, jugs and bowls ended in the 1960's.

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