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A long-time treasured business in Monmouth, Ill., has announced some bad news. The Western Stoneware plant is closing, again.

Western Stoneware was a fixture in Monmouth for 100 years when it closed its pottery plant in 2006 because of foreign competition.

It's future seemed to be revived when some former employees reopened with a smaller operation and staff.

Officials say business is good, but their lease is up and they don't have another building to move to.

The city of Monmouth is working to help find an investor or buyer to assist in finding a new location and keep the Western Stoneware tradition going.

The company employees seven full time and three part time workers. A spokesman says they will finish up a few outstanding orders before they have to close their doors for good.