For all too long, Buffalo's
greatest export was its people. Although they left for many reasons,
wherever they roamed Buffalo was home. The Limited Edition Roaming
Buffalo plates available on this site incorporate the city's skyline into the design,
and are inspired by these roaming Buffalonians. Each item is individually
hand decorated. The placement of the buffaloes are random and up to the
artist. Like roaming Buffalonians, sometimes the buffalos are alone, and
sometimes they are in groups.
716 China Store
716 China and Restaurant Supply was originally
established to liquidate the remaining 300,000 pieces of finished dinnerware
from the former Niagara Ceramics plant in South Buffalo, and to help fund the
redevelopment of the shuttered manufacturing complex. However, during
this process it became obvious to us that there was no reason that this plant
or any other American manufacture of dinnerware should be forced to close by
having to compete with low cost, low quality foreign made dinnerware.
Simply put, the plates made at this factory were the most durable and
best quality dinnerware in the world.
In order to ensure that this does not happen to any other
American manufacturers, we have supplemented the dinnerware from the former
Niagara Ceramics plant in our store with additional high quality American made
Old Buffalo China Complex
The facility located off of Seneca Street in the City of
Buffalo was originally founded by the Larkin Company in 1901. Over the
years, the plant had a multitude of of names and owners, including Buffalo
Pottery, Buffalo China, Oneida, and Niagara Ceramics. The current
facility originally built in 1903, expanded to over 350,000 square feet and
became one of the largest producers of dinnerware in the world.
716 China's parent company, Hayes Place Management Group
has set as its primary redevelopment goal; private sector job creation with an
emphasis on returning manufacturing to the complex and employment within the
complex of over 150 people. As of May, 2017, HPMG will have reacted
over 16 percent of its employment goal, utilizing less than 12 percent of
the complex's floor space.