Anchor-Hocking, Made in America

Anchor HockingToday’s New York Times talks glass, namely the glass that is going into the World Trade Center. It’s Chinese. We don’t need to get into the debate over free trade vs. protectionism, but we did notice something.

And from two factories in the Ohio Valley, operating 24/7, the Anchor Hocking Company churns out baking dishes, drinking glasses, glass canisters, glass candleholders and glass meter covers, counting on customer service, like just-in-time delivery to Wal-Mart, to stave off imports. Anchor Hocking has no factories abroad.

At right, one of the products from Anchor Hocking, namely their Central Park glassware. Simple design, good taste.

A bit about Anchor-Hocking’s manufacturing. According to the website, Anchor Hocking Plant No. 1, Lancaster, Ohio, is situated on the site of the original plant, the “Black Cat,” which was destroyed by fire in 1924. They report that more than 1,550 associates contribute a vast range of talents and skills to Anchor Hocking Glass in Lancaster, Ohio, where the company has a major manufacturing facility and over 1.3 million square foot distribution center. They recently went through a leveraged buyout that is quite painful to recount and has many annoying points, so we just won’t right now.

Glassware is the perfect thing to buy American. Much of the production can be automated, and just-in-time demands can make American manufacture more competitive. In addition, good glassware is something that is used over and over, right in front of consumers, and so a “Made in USA” label is something that sticks out every time you put a glass in the dishwasher.

One reason to head into Wal-Mart. Anchor Hocking.

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  1. I recently have come across a glass cookie jar that I love and have become interested in its history. I’m told it is made from a company named Bartlett-collins but can not find any information about them. could you help point me in the right direction of finding more info thanks.

  2. I found a couple of links. Apparently it was a well regarded Oklahoma brand.

    Replacements has a few items made by Bartlett-Collins at

    http://replacements.com/crystal/BTC.htm

    A bit at Go Daddy here

    http://shops.godaddy.com/Vintage-From-Paul/1942-Bartlett-Collins-Primary-Color-Fiesta-Ice-Tub/

    Bartlett-Collins was one of many manufacturers making a banded glassware product to coordinate with the Homer Laughlin Dinnerware pattern so popular at the time (and even now!)The Banded stripes of Barlett-Collins however are in the deep primary colors. The top band is a cobalt blue, followed by red, medium green and golden yellow.This particular piece can be seen on Page 12 of “The Decorated Tumbler” by Hazel Marie Weatherman.

    Bartlett-Collins was founded in 1914 when Bartlett (an Oklahoma oil man), teamed up with Collins (an East Coast glass man) to form Bartlett -Collins. This Southwest company was noted for its handpressed and blown tableware, stemware, and kitchenware.

    http://www.kandmantiques.com/Articles/Bartlett-Collins.html

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