Publication: The Anacortes American
Anacortes, WA, United States
ANACORTES GLASS COMPANY
DOUBLES PLANT'S OUTPUT
RUSH ORDERS FOR SOFT DRINK BOTTLES RESULTING FROM DRY
REGIME MAKES IT NECESSARY FOR FACTORY TO PUT BIG
FURNACE IN COMMISSION — LOCAL INDUSTRY ENJOYS PROSPERITY.
A rush of orders for soft drink bottles developing since the first of the year has made it necessary for the Anacortes Glass plant to double its capacity and it is now working night and day with a force of forty men. Enough orders are now in sight to keep this distinctive Anacortes industry running full blast until the annual shutdown in August and its warehouses are crammed with the finished product awaiting shipment.
The dry law in the states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho has caused a great market for soft drink bottles and as there is no other glass factory nearer than San Francisco, a large part of the business has come to the local plant which has had two traveling salesmen on the road since the ﬁrst of the year. So instead of making beer bottles, which was the largest output of the Anacortes plant before the dry regime, the plant is turning out thousands of receptacles for pop, sarsaparilla and other kickless beverages widely consumed in these arid parts. The plant is also turning out bottles for wholesale grocery concerns for flavoring extracts, catsup, salad dressing and so on and bottles for patent medicines and druggists‘ prescriptions.
About two carloads are being shipped every week besides a large amount by water.
The plant started operations after a long shutdown about two months ago, using its small furnace and employing six glass blowers. Recent orders has made it necessary to start up the big furnace and increase the number or glass blowers to ﬁfteen.
The factory is now turning out an excellent grade of flint glass. It is made of a silica rock obtained from Eastern Washington.
|Keywords:||Anacortes Glass Company|
|Researcher:||David Bethman / Bob Stahr|
|Date completed:||May 29, 2019 by: Bob Stahr;|