BY LEIGH BUCHANAN FOR INC.
Sue and Stanley Jennings’s love story began underground. In 1984 Sue was a miner, running big machines in a coal pit in Philippi, West Virginia. Stanley was a mechanic, servicing those machines. “He had 10 years underground and I had five,” says Sue, who had followed her best friend into that career.
Two months after they met, the mine shut down for a year, preparing to become a non-union outfit. The couple spent four years largely adrift. He tried strip mining but quit because he found the environmental practices odious. She was a school janitor and worked in a greenhouse.
Then they found their calling: wooden spoons.
Allegheny Treenware cohabits with the Jennings’s farm on 45 acres in Thornton, West Virginia…