By RICHARD F. BELISLE
Staff Writer, Waynesboro
GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A field of 25 potential buyers for Corning Inc.'s Consumer Products Division, which includes plants in Greencastle and Inwood, W.Va., has been winnowed down to eight contenders, a Corning spokeswoman said Tuesday.
All eight companies have headquarters in the United States, spokeswoman Monica Ott said.
Officials from the eight firms met with Corning officials at the company's corporate headquarters in Corning, N.Y., Ott said. Now they are visiting consumer division plants around the country, she said.
Corning announced in May its intention to sell the division by the end of the year, a move that will affect the jobs of more than 850 area workers. Included are 350 workers in the Inwood plant, which makes Corning and Visions cookware, and more than 500 in Greencastle, which is a distribution center for Corning's East Coast manufacturing plants.