Some highlights in Pfaltzgraff's history:

--- The Pfaltzgraff Co. had been the oldest continuously operating pottery manufacturing company in the United States, and Susquehanna Pfaltzgraff's oldest business. Johann George Pfaltzgraff, a German immigrant, started the one-man pottery firm in the early 1800s.

--- In his 50 years at Susquehanna Pfaltzgraff's helm, Louis J. Appell Jr. grew the pottery business and the media division. The company was one of the largest privately owned broadcasters in the country.

--- April 20, 2005: Appell puts up for sale two of Susquehanna Pfaltzgraff's three divisions: the Pfaltzgraff Co. pottery manufacturing and retail business and Susquehanna Media, comprising cable and radio businesses.

--- June 17, 2005: Westbury, N.Y.-based Lifetime Brands says it has signed an agreement to buy Pfaltzgraff's intellectual property and retail stores for $34 million. About a month later, the Lifetime completes the purchase for $38.2 million.

--- Oct. 18, 2005: Pfaltzgraff's Thomasville plant closes.

--- Oct. 31, 2005: Philadelphia-based Comcast Corp. and a private investment group led by Atlanta-based Cumulus Media say they have signed definitive agreements to buy Susquehanna Communications, or SusCom, for $775 million and Susquehanna Radio for $1.2 billion, respectively.

--- April 10, 2006: Susquehanna Pfaltzgraff and The Wolf Organization put up for sale the Yorktowne Hotel.


Susquehanna Pfaltzgraff owns two-thirds of the property; Wolf owns one-third.

--- May 1, 2006: Comcast completes its purchase of Susquehanna Communications.

--- May 5, 2006: The private investment group led by Cumulus Media completes purchase of Susquehanna Radio.

--- Aug. 28, 2006: Ribbon cutting for the 40,000-square foot Greenway Tech Centre in York. It houses Lifetime Brands' main design center for all its dinnerware and ceramic products, and it's the headquarters of Lifetime Brands' Farberware Outlet Stores, Pfaltzgraff Factory Stores, Pfaltzgraff Catalogue and Internet direct-to-consumer businesses.

--- Feb. 15, 2007: Yorktowne Hotel sells for roughly $5.5 million to the York Hotel Group.

--- Sept. 23, 2008: All remaining outlet stores connected to the Pfaltzgraff brand are closing and a York County distribution center is shutting down in 2009.