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Griswold and Wagner
Mathew Griswold formed Griswold Manufacturing Corp., the United States' first major commercial cast-iron cookware company, in 1865. It did not have a serious competitor until 1881, when brothers Bernard and Milton Wagner founded Wagner Holloware Co. in Sidney, Ohio.
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