The city was founded on July 11, 1854 upon the joining of the villages of Rome (in Seneca County) and Risdon (in Hancock County). Named in honor of Charles W. Foster, a shrewd local businessman, the city is known for the many railroads which spurred its local growth and commerce in early days. More notably, the city is nationally-known for the once dozen glass manufacturing plants that were located throughout including: Mambourg Glass, Seneca Glass, Butler Art Glass, Fostoria Novelty Glass, Nickel Plate Glass, Crocker Glass, Calcine Glass, Fostoria Lamp and Shade, Fostoria Incandescent Lamp, Fostoria Specialty Glass, Kammerer Glass, and the most well-known, Fostoria Glass Company.
Visitors to the Glass Heritage Gallery can see beautiful examples of the pieces produced in the area into the early 20th Century.
Fostoria remains an important part of the agricultural community. The Mennel Milling Company is one of the largest employers in the area. Mennel has been in operation since August 1887, and today is a fifth-generation family owned company, with its corporate headquarters on the campus of its world-class flour mill.
Fostoria City Schools has recently completed a large-scale building project which has brought all students onto a single campus. To round out the educational opportunities in the city, the Learning Center offers workforce development and career training, and also houses the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development offices.
Famous residents include Charles W. Foster, (35th Governor of Ohio and former Secretary of the US Treasury under President Benjamin Harrison); and Grant Dwight Jackson (former professional baseball pitcher and coach from 1965-1982 with the Phillies, Orioles, Yankees, Pirates, Expos, and Royals.)
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