A New Chapter
Warther Cutlery began a new chapter in its history by moving into a brand-new manufacturing facility and store adjacent to its former Dover, Ohio location. The new building, located at 924 Tuscarawas Avenue, replaces the current manufacturing site located at 327 Karl Avenue. Close in proximity to the museum and Mooney’s Original Home.
The 15,000 square-foot building designed by B.A. Widder Architectural and constructed by Benchmark, will be completed in the spring of 2019. This building marks the first new construction since 1963 and the first construction since the addition to the Museum in 2002. The building houses a manufacturing shop located in the basement level, a 2,600 square foot store with Knife Sharpening and viewing areas located on the second level. Offices and a conference room round out the design on the third floor.
It was designed with the goal of achieving ample manufacturing space, while considering the safety of the carvings. The new building removes the machinery hazards from below the museum filled with priceless carvings and provides much needed manufacturing space for a growing business.
Steven Cunningham, Warther Cutlery President, states, “In the past few years we have seen our internal efforts begin to gain traction and start rolling. We have utilized every square inch of our old shop and store to the point that we knew we were going to need to find another space. Having the ability to build so close to our current location, all the while keeping Mooney’s homestead and his carvings close, was a main priority, as well as keeping the carvings protected. With manufacturing growing, so were the risks associated with having the carvings in the same building. This new building will not only allow us to maintain the safety of the carvings, but also bring another attraction to the community and our customers. It cannot go without saying how grateful we are to have such great support through our community and our customers.”
Warther Cutlery had the vision of these plans years ago with family members buying and renting the homes that face Tuscarawas Avenue. It was always anticipated and hopeful that one day these homes would provide the land necessary to grow and expand.
Mark Warther explains, “Mooney loved knife making as much as he liked carving, and we are now growing into our 4th generation of crafting knives in a brand-new shop. One thing that my dad preached was to always remain busy while you wait. In the last 25 years we made the steps necessary to ensure growth in the upcoming years. My dad, David Warther, said, ‘This business will continue forever.’ However, in business if you’re not growing, you’re shrinking, there is no such thing as standing still. We purchased these homes with the intent to move forward, and that’s exactly what we are doing. We are very excited about these changes and want to thank the community for their continued support throughout the years.”
Warther Cutlery is still under construction; however, the store and knife sharpening services remain open. Hours for the store are still 7 days a week 9-5. A Grand Opening is planned for May 11and Warther Cutlery would like to encourage everyone to come and check out the building as it progresses and when completed. Please check the Warther Cutlery Facebook, Instagram and website for grand opening details.