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National Glass Company

Pittsburgh, PA

Operation 1899 1907 / Bankruptcy into (1910 or 11?)

(Researching)

The National Glass Company was formed in July of 1899.  They operated from 1899 into 1907, then went into bankruptcy.  It took the bankruptcy courts into 1910 to settle the proceedings. 

Some of principles involved were:  Henry C. Fry, Myron Case, Andrew Heron & Addison Thompson.

As we research the National Glass Company's Plants we begin to understand why the history of these plants are so had to find.  Many of companies below made fancy glass with some bottle production while other only made bottles only.  The bottle manufacturers are  hard to find data on. 

An example of this is the Berney Glass Co., Bradford, Pennsylvania and Bond Glass Co., Hazelhurst, Pennsylvania who merged together to become Berney-Bond Glass Co.  They were strictly glass bottle manufactures producing:  flint, amber and green bottles.  They produced Milk Bottles, Beer Bottles, Soda Bottles, Ammonia Bottles, Prescription Bottles, Juice Bottles, Carbonated Beverages Bottles, Liquors Bottles, Catsups Bottles and jars and etc.  To put this in modern context;  they were in a mass produced commodity business, which produced low profit margins goods.  Then to this mix you must add the Great Depression, Prohibition and numerous factory fires, business consolidations and changing markets.     

Supposedly there were 19 glassworks within the National Glass Company.  Many were leased by National Glass Company to other companies.   Below is a list of the ones we have identified so far.

National Glass Company Factory List

Beatty Grady Glass Company

A. J. Beatty & Sons, Steubenville, OH:                                                  1888 - 1889

A. J. Beatty & Sons, moved to Tiffin, OH:                                             1889 - 1898

Merged with United States Glass Co.:                                                    1892

Beatty Grady Glass Company took over Steubenville Plant:              1888 - 1897

Beatty Grady Glass Company, move to Dunkirk, IN:                (Jan) 1899

National Glass Company, Dunkirk, IN:                                        (Nov) 1899 -

N.G.C. Operates as factory #1 (Beatty-Brady Glass Works):                1899 - 1904

Factory lease out by N.G.C, operating as the Indiana Glass Company: 1904 - 1907

N.G.C. formally placed into receivership:                                              1907

Indiana Glass Company purchase plant:                                                1908 - 1957

Lancaster Glass Corporation purchased the Indiana Glass Co.             1957

 

Berney-Bond Glass Co. (After merger five plants)

(Two Preceding Companies Merged)

(Predecessors) Seamless Bottle Co. plant in Bradford, Pa.:                   1895 - 1900

Berney Glass Co., Bradford, Pa: (former Seamless Bottle Co.):         1900 - 1907

This plant appeared on National Glass Co. budget in 1901 & 1902:    1901 - 19??

Berney Glass Co. merged with Bond Glass Co.:                                1904

 

(Predecessors) Bond Bottle Co.:                                                            1901 - 1902

Bond Glass Co., Hazelhurst, Pa (former bond Bottle Co):                  1902 - 1904

Bond Glass Co. merged with Berney Glass Co.:                                1904

 

Berney-Bond Glass Co. (after Merger):                                                1904 - 1930

Bradford, Pa. the former (Berney Glass Co.)                                        1904 - 1910

Hazelhurst, Pa. the former (Bond Glass Co.)                                        1904 - 1928

This plant was on National Glass Co. Budget in 1907:                          1907 - 19??

Smethport, PA. the former (Haines Flint Bottle Co.)                             1907 - 1918

Clarion, Pa. the former (Pearl Glass Co.)                                               1912 - Present 

Columbus, Oh. the former (Winslow Glass Co.)                                    1927 - 1948

Note to reader, if two of five of the Berney-Bond Glass Co. plants were part of National Glass Co. most likely they all were.  

 

Canton Glass Company

Canton Glass Company, Canton, OH:                                                     1883 - 1899

Nation Glass Company, Canton, OH:                                                      1899 - 1903    

Canton Glass Company Marion, IN:                                                        1903 - 1958

Canton Glass Company Hartford City, IN:                                              1958 - 1959

 

Cambridge Glass Co. 

Cambridge Glass Co., Cambridge, OH:                                                   1901 - 1955

National Glass built the plant and leased it to Cambridge who ran it.     1901 - 1907

Cambridge purchased the plant out of Bankruptcy in:                            1910 - 1955

Company acquired by Morrison Industries Inc., of Cleveland, Ohio:     1956 - 1958

Muhleman's Crystal Glass Company

Muhleman's Crystal Glass, Bellaire, OH:                                                 18?? - 1901

Sold to National Glass Co.                                                                       1901 - 190?

Muhleman they formed the Imperial Glass Co.                                       1901

Elson Glass

Elson Glass, Martins Ferry, Ohio:                                                            1882 - 1893

Reorganized into West Virginia Glass Company:                                    1893 - 1896

Reorganization, again into West Virginia Glass Mfg. Co.:                       1896 - 1900

It joined the National Glass Co.:                                                              1900 - 1901

Plant was operated by Crystal Glass Company:                                      1901 - 1903

 H. C. Fry Glass Company

Henry C. Fry Glass Co, Rochester, Pa:                                                   1901 - 1933

Henry C. Fry was a founder and president of the National Glass Co. cartel so his company would have belonged but the years are unknown.  Assuming                 1901 - 1907     

H. C. Fry Glass Co. in receivership first time:                                         1926

H. C. Fry Glass Co. In receivership second time:                                    1933

H. C, Fry Glass Co. building sold to Libbey Co.                                      1933

Libbey Co. Operated plant:                                                                      1933 - 1936

Beaver Valley Works sold to private concern.                                         1936     

Indiana Glass Company 

Indiana Glass Company, Indiana PA:                                                      1892 - 1894

Leased by H. Northwood:                                                                        1896 - 1903

National Glass Company:                                                                         1904 - 1909

Dugan Glass Company:                                                                            1913 - 1913

Diamond Glass Company:                                                                        1913 - 1931

 Indiana Tumbler & Goblet Company

Indiana Tumbler & Goblet Company, Greentown, IN:                            1894 - 1899

National Glass Company, Greentown, IN:                                               1899 - 1903

 McKee Glass

S. McKee & Company, Pittsburgh, PA:                                                   1834 - 1908

McKee Glass Company, Pittsburgh, PA                                                  1854 - 1867  

Name change to McKee & Brothers in                                                    1867 - 1888

McKee & Bothers moved to Jeannette, PA:                                            1888 - 1889

National Glass Company ran as McKee Glass:                                        1899 - 1903 

McKee-Jeannette Glass Company                                                           1904 - 1908

Name change to McKee Glass company:                                                1908 - 1951

McKee Division of the Thatcher Glass Co.:                                            1951 - 1961

Jeannette Corporation:                                                                             1961 - 1983

 Model Flint Glass Company

Model Flint Glass Company, Findlay, OH:                                              1888 - 1893

Model Flint Glass Company, Albany, IN:                                                1893 - 1899

National Glass Company, Albany, IN:                                                     1899 - 1902

 

National Glass Works / Rodefer Brothers

National Glass Works, So. Bellaire, OH:                                                 1869 - 1877

Rodefer Brothers, purchased fail N.G.W. in Bellaire, OH:                     1878 - 1898

T.A. Roderfer, Bellaire, OH:                                                                    1898 - 1903

Joined National Glass Co. Combine as Rodefer Glass, Bellaire, OH:     1903 - 1911

Rodefer Glass, Bellaire, OH:                                                                   1913 - 1964

Roderfer-Gleason Glass Co., Bellaire, OH:                                             1964 - 1984

 

Ohio Flint Glass Company

Ohio Flint Glass Company, Bowling Green, OH. Factory destroyed by fire:                                                                                                           1893 - 1899

Ohio Flint Glass Company, Lancaster, OH. became part of N.G.C.:      1899 - 1908

Reopened as Lancaster Glass Company:                                                 1910 - 1937 Became part of Hocking Glass Corp.

 

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