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177-year-old Lamson & Goodnow cutlery files for bankruptcy

BUCKLAND — The nation’s oldest cutlery business, Lamson & Goodnow of Shelburne Falls, has filed for bankruptcy after 177 years of making knives and kitchen tools in Franklin County.

The manufacturer has filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, which means the company can reorganize while having protection from its creditors. Under Chapter 11, the owner, James Ross Anderson, can continue to own the company as a debtor in possession.

According to the filing, the cutlery has also put its 18-acre factory complex on 45 Conway St. on the market for $2.1 million. The building is listed with Cohn & Co. in Greenfield.

See details in The Recorder’s print edition tomorrow morning.

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