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Central Glass Company
The Central Glass Co. was formed in Wheeling, WV, in 1863 by a
dissatisfied workers from the Barnes, Hobbs and Co (later known as
Hobbs, Brockunier and Co.). They pooled together $5,000 to start their
own glass works in an old pork packing plant and distillery.
Fire destroyed the factory in 1888, but it was immediately
factory developed into one of the largest producers of glass in the
U.S., producing train car loads that were shipped worldwide. In 1891,
Central Glass was approached by the U.S. Glass Co. combine, but did not
join until about six months after the combine was started.
It became 'Factory O' when it finally joined. The plant closed
1893 to 1895. In December, 1895, Nathan B. Scott, a former sales
manager who assumed control of the company prior to the USGC merger,
and others purchased the empty plant and reopened it as 'Central Glass
Works' in January, 1896.
It took a considerable time to start producing, and no glass
until 1898. In 1901, the factory was again destroyed by fire and was
rebuilt a second time. Due to inadequate tariff protection against
foreign competition and imports undercutting the market, the factory
was shut down until 1904.
In 1919, Central Glass Works purchased the Chippendale pattern
from Jefferson Glass Co. By 1926, Central was the only glass factory
still operating in Wheeling. The plant closed briefly in 1932 due to
the depression and prohibition. One of the main products of the factory
were bar goods, and with no bars, there was no demand for their
product. When prohibition was repealed, Central resumed operation. By
1939, foreign competition grew, and Central closed it's doors for good,
selling their molds to Imperial Glass Company.
NOTE: Centrals patterns were done numerically in order.
439 was released in 1881.
Tribune, April 7, 2002
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