Austin Gardner works in a tool and die room where dies recovered from the Bevin Bros. manufacturing factory fire are refurbished in East Hampton, Conn., Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. The 180-year-old New England company that made the tiny bell that tinkles every time an angel gets its wings in the holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” is resuming production months after the factory was destroyed in a fire. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
EAST HAMPTON, Conn. (AP) — The 180-year-old New England company that made the little bell that rings every time an angel gets its wings in the Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” has resumed production in time for the holidays, four months after its 19th-century factory burned down.
Over the past few weeks, employees working at a temporary factory set up in a rented warehouse across the street from Bevin Bros. Manufacturing Co. began filling customer orders, including the annual one from the Salvation Army for the steel and brass bells it uses during its kettle drives.
The resumption of bellmaking, announced with fanfare Wednesday by Matthew Bevin, the sixth-generation owner of Bevin Bros., was welcomed by Login to read more