A look back at an iron board maker

For the first time since at least 1966, iron boards will no longer be made in Seymour.

That announcement came Tuesday via Home Products International-North America Inc., which plans to shut down several metal stamping plants and distribution centers in Seymour. The company, which employed about 130 workers as of the announcement, also filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification with the state.

The company traces its roots to 1942 when Seymour Tool and Engineering was established. That company’s products included kitchen tools, wooden sleds with steel runners and parts for the U.S. Army Air Corps, which had a base at Freeman Field.

In 1966, the company, which had been renamed Seymour Industries, was making ironing boards and other housewares and Beauti-Glide metal bed frames. In 1986, Seymour Housewares started making iron board covers.

In 1998, Home Products International paid $100.6 million to Chemical Ventures Partners of New York, and the iron boards made here became part of HPI’s full line of laundry, storage and bath products.

Chemical Ventures Partners of New York bought the company from Lear Siegler in 1968 and renamed it Seymour Housewares Corp.