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Cambridge Glass Company
THE OTHER CAMBRIDGE COMPANY (Super Glass) glass bearing these
Information about another company which bought the
the name "Cambridge Glass" name.
Glass/Cambridge connection. We were told that it all began when
Super Glass had so many orders they needed to expand production and
lacked the necessary space and the qualified workers in the Brooklyn
The Imperial Glass Company was approached about doing contract
merging or selling Bernie Friedman the Imperial Company. Being
unable to come to terms, Bernie purchased the old Cambridge factory.
The only equipment left at the plant was the pot furnace. As Imperial
had removed all the molds and equipment, the plant was an empty shell.
According to Bernie's Son Howard's best recollection, his father had
four or five, five-ton day tanks installed and brought along his own
lehr, molds, and tools, all of which were needed if they were to resume
By 1960, the plant was back in production making glass and
continue in operation for three or four years. Production ceased in
1963 or 1964. The reason given was continuous labor problems where
there were at least 20 wildcat strikes in the three or four years that
they operated the factory. Most of the problems were caused by union
organizers who would stop at Cambridge for breakfast on their way to
West Virginia, and they would stir up the workers and then continue on
their way. Another problem was many of the skilled glass workers had
found employment with other glass companies. His father decided to
close the factory and try to consolidate all of his glass making back
at the Brooklyn plant.
According to Howard, they had purchased the name Cambridge
they were in production at the plant. We were told that all the pieces
of Super Glass with the round green paper label were made at the
Cambridge Ohio factory. According to Howard Friedman, anyone who claims
they didn't make glass at the Cambridge factory are dead wrong ... he
should know as he worked in the plant and lived in Cambridge until his
dad closed the plant.
We now know that the Super Glass Company made glass in their
at the Cambridge plant, and the story that they never made glass there
is wrong. This story may have started due to the fact that the existing
pot furnace was never used as all their glass was produced in the day
tanks that Bernie had installed."(2)