Homer Laughlin Names Matt Wicks 
Northwestern Regional Sales Manager


Familiar name joins company after decade-plus in foodservice supply

Newell, W.V.—Matt Wicks has been named The Homer Laughlin China Company’s new northwestern regional sales manager, effective immediately. He spent the last 10 years with Bargreen Ellingson Foodservice Supply and Design, most recently serving as general manager of the company’s Boise, Idaho, location. Bargreen Ellingson is a longtime customer of HLC.

This is a homecoming of sorts for Matt, as he is the son of Pete and Jeannie Wicks. Pete is vice president of HLC, and Jeannie is company co-owner and the sister of HLC President Liz McIlvain. Matt is part of the fifth generation of family involvement in ownership and management of Homer Laughlin. He joins fellow fifth-generation family member Katie Bricker, HLC foodservice and general marketing manager, who is his cousin and the daughter of Liz McIlvain.

As northwestern regional sales manager, Matt will be responsible for a territory covering Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and portions of Wisconsin and Illinois. He will work with esteemed rep groups Pro-Pacific, Johnson, Pike & Associates, Central Marketing, and The Yes Group. Matt will be working closely with Central Regional Sales Manager Mariko Sakurai as he transitions to his new role.

“We’re proud to welcome Matt into the fold,” said Scott Gibbs, general sales manager of Homer Laughlin. “He’s spent the last decade accumulating experience in the foodservice supply business and, with that under his belt, he will lend his leadership and relationship management skills to our northwestern region. We’re expecting great things.”

Matt earned an MBA from the University of Portland. He will be based in his current home of Boise, Idaho, but will visit HLC headquarters in Newell, West Virginia, several times a year.


About The Homer Laughlin China Company

The Homer Laughlin China Company, founded in 1871, is the largest domestic tableware manufacturer in the United States, employing over 800 skilled craftsmen in a 37-acre facility. Together, the Homer Laughlin China Company and Hall China are the HLC Inc. family of companies. HLC’s diverse range of lead-free commercial dinnerware meets every conceivable need for today’s discerning chefs and restaurateurs. Setting the tone — not just the table — is at the heart of the HLC commitment to its customers. For more information, please contact HLC Inc., 672 Fiesta Drive, Newell, WV 26050. Phone: (800) 452-4462. Fax: (800) 533-8918. Web: www.hlcdinnerware.com Email: hlc@hlchina.com.