Public TV show spotlights Dayton company

Worker Sean Maguire sands a wooden chest drawer for final fitting in June 2016 at Gerstner & Sons in Dayton. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF
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Worker Sean Maguire sands a wooden chest drawer for final fitting in June 2016 at Gerstner & Sons in Dayton. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF

A public TV show, “A Craftsman’s Legacy,” is taping a segment at a Dayton company, Gerstner & Sons, a maker of wooden chests and cases.

The taping is happening today and tomorrow at the company’s shop and headquarters at 20 Gerstner Way off Edwin C. Moses Boulevard. “A Craftsman’s Legacy” is a national, weekly TV series hosted by motorcycle builder Eric Gorges. The show can be seen on ThinkTV/16 HD locally.

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The show explores and highlights age-old craftsmanship that too often is becoming something of a “lost art,” said Susan Hellman, a publicist for the program.

“What the show does is highlight that old-school craftsmanship that lasts,” Hellman said.

In an interview with this news outlet last summer, Jack Campbell, the late owner of Gerstner & Sons, said the company in years past had to address the relatively inexpensive imports of competing products coming from overseas. As a result, Campbell had since 2003 an “international” line of products made in a Chinese factory.

But the value of Campbell’s American-made catalog — products still made in Dayton — had not diminished, Campbell also said.

“It’s becoming more important to people, it seems, to be (have products) made in America,” he said.

Jack Campbell was the grandson of the man who started the company in 1906, Harry Gerstner, who himself was a Barney and Smith Car Co. pattern maker in Dayton.

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