ⓘ United States Glass Company. The United States Glass Company was a trust formed by the combination of numerous glass companies. The factories were located from ..


ⓘ United States Glass Company

The United States Glass Company was a trust formed by the combination of numerous glass companies. The factories were located from western Pennsylvania to Indiana.


1. History

On February 9, 1891, the New York Times reported on the founding of the company, which included seventeen factories. After the companies combined, two new plants were built. One, an automatic facility, was constructed at Gas City, Indiana. A hand-worked glass operation was also added at Tiffin, Ohio. The plants all received a letter designation. The main office started at South 9th and Bingham Streets, Pittsburgh, PA, in the former Ripley Glass facility, and moved to Tiffin in 1938. Over time, the factories closed until only the Tiffin plant survived. The company went bankrupt in 1963, with the Tiffin plant reorganizing as the "Tiffin Art Glass Company". The other plant which survived to that point was the Glassport, Pennsylvania plant. It was closed after a storm on August 3, 1963 which resulted in the factorys water tower collapsing through the plant roof. The glass furnaces cooled and hardened, and it was not cost-effective to remove the 250 ton hardened glass and make the repairs that would have been needed to restart the facility.


2. Specialties

  • The factories in Pittsburgh were known for their decorating. They decorated lamps, tableware and a large line of colored glassware and crystal.
  • Tiffin produced quality glassware with delicate etchings. They were known for their use of color.
  • The Gas City branch produced machine made kitchenware and dinnerware in colored glass through the 1930s.

3. Factory locations

  • Factory C - Challinor, Taylor & Co., Tarentum, Pennsylvania 1891-?
  • Factory O - Central Glass, Wheeling, West Virginia 1891–1895, then resold
  • Factory G - Gillinder, Greensburg, Pennsylvania 1891–1900
  • Factory A - Adams & Co., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1891-? S. 10th and Sarah Sts.
  • Factory R - A. J. Beatty & Sons, Tiffin, Ohio 1892–1963, rebuilt 1893
  • Factory P - Doyle & Co., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1891-? S. 10th and Washington Sts.
  • Factory B - Bryce Brothers, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1891-? S. 21st and Wharton Sts.
  • Factory GP - Glassport, Pennsylvania
  • Factory D - George Duncan & Sons Glass, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1891–1892, destroyed by fire S. 10th St. near Carson St.
  • Factory L - OHara Glass Co., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1891–1893 30th St. and A.V.R.R.
  • Factory K - King Glass, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1891-1930s? Foot of S. 18th St.
  • Factory H - Hobbs Glass Co., Wheeling, West Virginia 1891-1893
  • Factory J - Columbia Glass, Findlay, Ohio 1891-?
  • Factory S - A. J. Beatty & Sons, Steubenville, Ohio 1892-?
  • Factory T - Novelty Glass Company, Fostoria, Ohio 1892-1893
  • Factory E - Richards & Hartley, Tarentum, Pennsylvania 1891–1893
  • Factory F - Ripley Glass, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1891-? S. 8th and Bingham Sts.
  • Factory M - Bellaire Goblet Co., Findlay, Ohio, 1891–1892
  • Factory N - Nickel Plate Glass, Fostoria, Ohio 1891–1894
  • Factory U - Gas City, Indiana 1894-?
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