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Wed Oct 3, 2012, 07:18 PM

Burned-out Conn. bell factory resumes production (180-year-old)

Source: AP-Excite

By SUSAN HAIGH

EAST HAMPTON, Conn. (AP) - The 180-year-old New England company that made the little bell that rings every time an angel gets its wings in the Christmas classic "It's a Wonderful Life" has resumed production in time for the holidays, four months after its 19th-century factory burned down.

Over the past few weeks, employees working at a temporary factory set up in a rented warehouse across the street from Bevin Bros. Manufacturing Co. began filling customer orders, including the annual one from the Salvation Army for the steel and brass bells it uses during its kettle drives.

The resumption of bellmaking, announced with fanfare Wednesday by Matthew Bevin, the sixth-generation owner of Bevin Bros., was welcomed by many in Belltown USA, as this town of 13,000 people 20 miles from Hartford has long called itself. Bevin Bros. is the last bell manufacturer in a town that had more than 30 of them generations ago.

Eric Fuller, an assistant manager at a hardware store, said it would be difficult to imagine an end to the company in a town where even the public school mascot is the bell-ringer. Bells are pictured on the town seal and on street and welcome-to-East Hampton signs.

FULL story at link.


Read more: http://apnews.excite.com/article/20121003/DA1MADDO2.html




A red Salvation Arm bell sits on a table at a the temporary site of the Bevin Bros. manufacturing in East Hampton, Conn., Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. The 180-year-old New England company that made the tiny bell that tinkles every time an angel gets its wings in the holiday classic "It's a Wonderful Life" is resuming production months after the factory was destroyed in a fire. The factory, which is now making bells for Salvation Army bell-ringers, is returning with government grants and private investment. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

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Reply Burned-out Conn. bell factory resumes production (180-year-old) (Original post)
Omaha Steve Oct 2012 OP
dipsydoodle Oct 2012 #1
Omaha Steve Oct 2012 #4
NYC_SKP Oct 2012 #2
Beacool Oct 2012 #6
NYC_SKP Oct 2012 #8
Beacool Oct 2012 #9
Omaha Steve Oct 2012 #11
NYC_SKP Oct 2012 #12
KelleyD Oct 2012 #3
Beacool Oct 2012 #5
harris8 Oct 2012 #7
Beacool Oct 2012 #10
csziggy Oct 2012 #13

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 07:26 PM

1. Can't remember how old I was

first time I saw Its A Wonderful Life but whenever I hear a bell ring I always think of that.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 08:22 PM

4. Marta and I met ZuZu a few years ago




Bruce and Karolyn Grimes at the autograph table.


Slide show of the event: http://www.omahafilmevent.com/past/slideshow/slideshow.html




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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 07:51 PM

2. Where do I order an American made bell from these fine people?

I don't need one, but I'll find a way to use it, if only to show my students and teachers that we still make things in this country.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 08:25 PM

6. Hey, how are you?

How's the fur ball and what's up with the llama (or is it an alpaca)?

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Response to Beacool (Reply #6)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 08:39 PM

8. Ginny is with aging parents, got a new furball in house, Millie!



And how are you, Beacool?

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #8)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 08:42 PM

9. Ahhhhh, she's so cute!!!!

Do Ginny and Millie know each other?

I'm OK. Trying to survive in this crazy world that we live in.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #8)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 10:45 PM

11. Our Dug must have looked like that as a puppy




Fuzz from chewing up a toy on his face.



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Response to Omaha Steve (Reply #11)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 10:53 PM

12. Oh that's a cute doggie!

They LOVE to chew!

Yesterday I spent $40 on an array of chew things hoping to find something to keep her off the new used $100 sectional.

Discovered that the empty yogurt cup is her preferred chewable.

Toilet tissue rolls are also a hit, but messy in the end.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 07:53 PM

3. Skilled workers need to be preserved!

This touches my heart. We need to keep some of our history intact for our children so they will know how our Nation was formed. Formed from our own hands. We need to get back to honoring our "Hands on " working skilled patriots!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 08:23 PM

5. Lovely story.

I too would like to buy a bell from them. I wonder if they have a website.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 08:30 PM

7. Here's their website:

Bevin Bells

Very reasonable prices, too!

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Response to harris8 (Reply #7)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 08:46 PM

10. Thank you!!!

I'm just going to have to buy myself a bell.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 11:19 PM

13. In honor of bells - Improv Everywhere : Guerrilla Handbell Strikeforce

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