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Nassau Smelting & Howat Ceramics

Nassau Smelting & Refining
In 1900, the building of Nassau Smelting & Refining Company’s plant occurred on the Richmond Valley line of Tottenville.  Western Electric bought the smelting works (Tottenville Copper Company) was by in 1931, another result of Depression times.  In 1971, it became a metal recycling plant and renamed Nassau Recycling Corporation.
Howat Ceramics
As the Depression had an impact on Tottenville with the closing of Atlantic Terra Cotta and the changeover of Nassau Smelting and Refining, a few unemployed craftsmen went into business for themselves.  One of the notable ones was Walter L. Howat, who had been the chef chemist at Atlantic Terra Cotta.  He established a small ceramic plant near his home on Hopping Avenue in 1933, which continued in business until the mid 1960’s.
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