Fiesta President Introduced at WV Business Hall | News, Sports, Jobs

NEWELL, West Virginia – Elizabeth McIlvain, President and CEO of The Fiesta Tableware Company, based in Newell, West Virginia, will be inducted into the West Virginia Business Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony at 4 p.m. today at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia.

McIlvain is among three other additions: Joseph C. Eddy, retired president and CEO of Eagle Manufacturing Company and executive vice president of the Justrite Safety Group; Albert Lewis, President of Glass Inc. International; and David Simmons, former chairman and chief executive officer of PPD, Inc.

WVU John Chambers College of Business and Economics established the WV Business Hall of Fame Award in 2001 to recognize people with strong ties to West Virginia who have made a significant impact on the business landscape. Nominees must demonstrate exceptional leadership, have demonstrated commitment to their community, and be a native West Virginian with a strong connection to West Virginia, have been educated in West Virginia, or have built their careers in West Virginia.

“I am truly honored to be recognized among all the other business leaders of this great state since the inception of this award.” said McIlvain. “West Virginians are hardworking, innovative, resilient and resourceful! I am so proud to be from here and continue my family’s legacy of preserving jobs and manufacturing in West Virginia.”

McIlvain was born in Newell, West Virginia with slip (liquid clay) running through her veins. A fourth-generation member of the Wells family, owner and operator of the Homer Laughlin China Company, now known as The Fiesta Tableware Company, she joined the company shortly after graduating from Bethany College. She held various supervisory roles at the plant, most recently as superintendent of the hotel division, before taking a break from her professional life to raise her three daughters, two of whom now work for the company.

McIlvain returned to the company as vice president in 2007 and became the company’s first female executive when she became president and CEO in 2013, succeeding her brother. Under her leadership, The Fiesta Tableware Company and the iconic Fiesta® brand have thrived, celebrating the company’s 150th anniversary and the 85th anniversary of the Fiesta® brand in 2021.

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