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HF Coors and Sibley's West: Boosting Arizona Businesses

Posted by John Wolfe on 1st Jul 2019

This is a series of posts spotlighting Arizona businesses that share their products with Sibley's West, as part of the "Small Business Boost" award efforts of 3TV/CBS 5, BNC National Bank, the Arizona Small Business Association and Cox Business.

Yup, that mug on "Ellen" was made in Tucson, AZ.

HF Coors -- and there is history in that name -- is one of the last dinnerware manufacturers in the United States. They are also a valued supplier of Sibley's West.

HF Coors is a small pottery company and also a commercial, restaurant and household ceramics company.

With a crew of more than 50 people, the company each hour turns clay into beautiful, functional, long-lasting works of art, at real value for the money.

The HF Coors engineers, craftsmen, designers, hand painters, pottery workers, customer service persons, and managers are largely “home-grown” and have decades of experience.

The company is led by Dirck Schou, its president and CEO, and also the 2018 Arizona Small Business Person of the Year, as determined by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Every HF Coors piece (plate, bowl, platter, cup, mug, salt and pepper shaker, serving piece, mixing bowl, ramekin, tray, pitcher, sugar and creamer, baking dishes and other kitchenware and tableware) is microwave safe, dishwasher safe, freezer safe, oven and broiler safe (there is no temperature limit for HF Coors dinnerware).

You can purchase a variety of items at Sibley's West, or take a jaunt to the factory store near Kino Parkway in Tucson.

Here's a great video about the company:

About HF Coors ... the company was formed in California in 1925 by Herman Frederick Coors, son of the renowned Coors brewery founder, Adolf Coors. (Interestingly enough, the HF Coors dinnerware business helped keep Coors brewery "afloat" during Prohibition!)

Adolph Coors opened the Colorado Glass Works in 1887 to manufacture beer bottles for his brewery. The glass works was leased to German-born John Herold in 1910, who incorporated the Herold China and Pottery Co. on the brewery site in Golden, Colo.

Herold used clay from nearby mines to make dinnerware and heat-resistant porcelain ovenware under the trademark Herold Fireproof China. Adolph Coors Co. acquired Herold China in 1914.

The company began producing chemical porcelain in 1915 as a result of a World War I embargo on German imports. Adolph Coors’ second son, Herman F. Coors, was named manager in 1916.

Herold China was renamed Coors Porcelain Co. in 1920 and the trademark “Coors U.S.A.” was first used.

After World War I, Coors Porcelain made fine china and cookware bearing the trademarks Rosebud, Glencoe Thermo-Porcelain, Colorado and others.

Herman Coors left the company in 1925 to start the HF Coors China Co., a manufacturer of dishes for restaurants and institutional use, in Inglewood, Calif. The HF Coors Pottery's trademarks include Coorsite, Alox and Chefsware.

In 2003 HF Coors' assets were acquired by Catalina China, Inc. of Tucson and moved to the Old Pueblo.