Grassroots Effort To Save Anchor Hocking

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UPDATED: Friday July 4, 2014 11:35 PM

Employees of a Lancaster company in turmoil are launching a new grassroots effort in the fight to keep their jobs.

Anchor Hocking will remain open for the time being after its union members approved some concessions Thursday.

The glassware maker employed more than 11-hundred people before placing them on furlough in May.

Roughly 450 employees have returned to work since then, but the company's future is still up in the air.

That is why some employees have created a group called "Save Anchor Hocking."

It's a simple name for the group with a not-so-simple goal of raising enough money to buy out the glass manufacturer by getting hundreds, thousands or even millions of people to invest to the tune of $305 million dollars.

"I know what you're thinking," said Anchor Hocking employee and group member Chris Cruit. "You're thinking we're crazy. We are crazy. We are absolutely insane for trying to take this on, but sometimes insanity leads to greatness."

Fellow employee Mike Weldon says the company is too important to the town not to make the effort.

"There's no guarantee the company's going to stay open for another 6 months or another year," Weldon said.

It's not just Anchor Hocking employees trying to save the company. Local business owners are helping the cause too.

"I think it's a first step in saving our community," said Lisa Beatty, owner of Sugar Bear's Pizzeria in Lancaster.

Beatty joined the group because she says if the plant closes, it will have a trickle-down effect on the entire Lancaster business community.

"It would definitely have a negative effect on us," she said.

Group members are choosing to remain positive.

"We're hoping that this is something that can save a town, save a community, save 1,200 jobs," Cruit said. "We have a vision. We have a plan and we think we can go forward and do something good."

The group already has more than 2,500 likes on its facebook page.

Members say they are currently raising money to start an advertising campaign before working to recruit investors.

10TV reached out to Anchor Hocking's parent company, EveryWare Global, for comment but did not receive a reply at the time this story was posted.

"Save Anchor Hocking" is not affiliated with Anchor Hocking.

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