The Homer Laughlin China Co. has appointed Elizabeth McIlvain, a fourth-generation owner of the company, to the post of president. She will succeed her brother, Joseph Wells III, who has worked at Homer Laughlin for 50 years.
Wells, who will now serve as chairman of the board, said, “Liz has been at my side for many years, helping me manage day-to-day operations. This move gives title to what she does every day at Homer Laughlin. Our father would have been proud to see the company leadership transitioning this way.”
In her new position, McIlvain will oversee all operations of the company’s retail and commercial divisions, as well as Hall China, which Homer Laughlin acquired in 2010.
McIlvain is the first female president the company has seen since its inception in 1871.
McIlvain said, “We will continue to write the history of the dinnerware category. HLC is in its second century and our mission remains true— leadership and innovation in the manufacture of quality lead-free china for the retail and commercial markets.”