Steelite International is a British ceramics manufacturer based in Middleport, Staffordshire, England. They specialise in alumina-strengthed vitreous tableware for the hospitality industry.[1]

Steelite International
TypePrivate, Subsidiary
Founded1983; 40 years ago (1983)
FoundersDavid Edward Dunn Johnson
Area served

The company had a turnover of £117 million in 2016. In 2017, it supplied tableware to more than 140 countries, and employed more than 1,000 people.[2] Proudction output was reported to be around 550,000 pieces per week.[3]


The entrance to Dale Hall Works in 1984.

Steelite International plc was established in 1983, when David Edward Dunn Johnson bought the hotelware division of Royal Doulton.[4][5]

The company operates from Dale Hall Works and the adjacent Albany Works.[4] Dale Hall Works was founded in 1790; from about 1937 to about 1998 it was operated by Dunn Bennett & Co Ltd (a company established in 1876 in Hanley), then by Steelite International.[6][7]

In March 2020, the food service divisions of the Homer Laughlin China Company and its sister company, the Hall China Company, were acquired by Steelite. The former Homer Laughlin and Hall China manufacturing operations were subsequently renamed The Fiesta Tableware Company. Homer Laughlin's Fiesta retail line was not part of the sale and will continue to be manufactured at the existing plant in Newell, West Virginia, US.[8]


  1. ^ ’Slimline Steelite Hotelware With Style’ Hotels & Restaurants International. Vol. 16. 1982. Pg. 90
  2. ^ Company profile 17 August 2017 Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  3. ^ Steelite International Retrieved 11 March 2023
  4. ^ a b Steelite International, Orme Street, Burslem Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  5. ^ A Journey Through The Years Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  6. ^ Dale Hall Works, Burslem Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  7. ^ Dunn, Bennett & Co Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Homer Laughlin and Hall China Foodservice Brands to Join Steelite International". Press Release. 26 March 2020.

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