In 1869, newly elected U.S. president Ulysses S. Grant received a rather “cutting edge” gift from a small manufacturer nestled in a quaint northwestern Massachusetts town. Cutler Lamson & Goodnow, as Lamson was then (and long would be) known, humbly presented our nation’s new leader with a 62-piece dinner set. Half of the handcrafted pieces bore handles of ivory, while the handles on the others were pure mother-of-pearl. Whether these finely fashioned utensils were used for entertaining dignitaries or simply shown for their beauty, we may never know for sure. But the rest, as they say, is history: some pieces of this extraordinary gift set remain in the nation’s capital—on display at the Smithsonian Institution.
Established in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, in 1837, Lamson & Goodnow (renamed LongCap Lamson Products, LLC, in 2015) is the oldest cutlery manufacturer in the United States. Lamson had flourished rapidly, its well-founded reputation for crafting White House worthy dining implements reaching far and wide. Soon, Lamson had become the country’s premier cutler. It’s a status we proudly hold to this day, as America’s growing appreciation for home and hearth, as well as its passion for new culinary adventures, continues to drive our creativity and commitment.
Today, we manufacture an extensive line of elegantly functional products, including both stamped and forged cutlery, kitchen tools and trade tools. Our own talented artisans still handcraft each piece right here in western Massachusetts. In the wake of the disastrous 2011 flood that greatly impacted Vermont and bordering Massachusetts communities, Lamson embarked on our first and only relocation in 178 years. We moved our base of operations from Shelburne Falls to Westfield, a few towns to the south, in 2015. While advanced precision machinery at our new facility allows us to utilize modern production enhancements, we ensure that traditional hand assembly and final edging techniques remain inherent to our manufacturing process.
In 1999, Lamson purchased Tree Spirit®, a company whose tradition of handcrafted quality mirrors our own. This acquisition has allowed us to offer professional-quality hardwood kitchen accessories, including cutting boards, bowls, utensils, and storage products. In 2002, we introduced our exclusive HotSpot® silicone brand, pioneering an area of technology now regarded as a staple of the modern kitchen for its high heat resistance, superior flexibility, and nonstick properties. Our HotSpots are professional-grade heat resistant to 675 degrees, BPA free, FDA approved, nonstick and dishwasher safe—the best in the industry.
New partnership, timeless commitment
In December of 2015, local investors led by Longmeadow Capital purchased Lamson & Goodnow and renamed it LongCap Lamson Products, LLC. With a history of acquiring high-quality but underperforming brands, and rebuilding them to their rightful prominence, Longmeadow Capital is committed to rekindling this great American brand.
Since 1837, we have survived major world events, difficult financial times, growing international competition, and even a natural disaster that forced us to relocate from our original factory. Through it all, our spirit and commitment to American craftsmanship has not diminished. On the contrary, these experiences have inspired a renewed celebration of our heritage – the superior quality, service, and passion for excellence that would make our founders proud.
With designs as diverse as the professional and household needs we supply, Lamson products are at once high-performing and stylish, traditional and innovative. As we move toward a third century in a business we’ve long exemplified, our mission remains steadfast: to aim for nothing short of American-made perfection.