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The “Waterbury Button Company”, a division of OGS Technologies, Inc. in Cheshire is celebrating their 200th year in business as a maker of buttons. Founded in 1812, the company is the oldest company in the Unites States, in continuous business, still manufacturing its original products.
The birth of the company began with the “War of 1812” when the United States declared war on Britain. No longer able to get uniform buttons from Britain, the company began making buttons for the United States armed forces.
When the “Civil War” broke out, the company became involve again, manufacturing buttons for both sides of the conflict. The Union Forces bought direct; the Confederate Forces dealt through British intermediaries.
On April 15, 1912, one of the deadliest disasters in history occurred: The RMS Titanic struck an iceberg and sank, killing 1,502 of its passengers. Waterbury Button Company was a part of infamous history, as the company supplied the buttons worn on the uniforms of Captain Smith and his crew as they met their fate. By then, the company was already 100-years old.
Today, the company continues to supply uniform buttons for all our Armed Forces all over the world, in addition to Fashion Lines like Tommy Hilfiger, Brooks Brothers, Ralph Lauren and the like.
Join us for Open House on August 24, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and you can see some of the history making process. Attendance is limited, so please call 203-271-9055 ext. 312 and ask for Michele in order to arrange a tour.