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COLIBRI CONSOLIDATES ITS SHIMAN OPERATIONS The Colibri Group, Providence, R.I., closed its century-old Shiman religious jewelry factory in Newark, N.J., on Nov. 12 and merged its operations with its headquarters plant. The Providence facility had been making 50% of the Shiman line since 1998. At the time of closing, there were fewer than 40 people left in the Newark facility. Colibri, a major manufacturer whose brands include Colibri, Van Dell, and Linden clocks, bought Shiman Religious Jewelry and Krementz 14k Jewelry from the Krementz Co. in 1997. “The people in Newark did a fabulous job, but economically it made sense to consolidate [Shiman operations] into one plant,” says Fred Levinger, president of Colibri. He tells JCK that Colibri may add silver jewelry to Shiman's 14k line, based on its successful addition of silver jewelry to the 14k Krementz line last fall.—William G

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