Publication: The Commoner and Glassworker
Pittsburgh, PA, United States
BRITISH COLUMBIA PLANT "BLOWN IN"
Factory at New Westminster Will Soon be in
Shape for Operations.
Under the caption, "Glass Factory Blown In," the Victoria, B. C., Colonist, of recent date, contained the following regarding the new plant at New Westminster:
"The furnaces in the new Crystal glass factory were blown in the other day and the fires will continue to burn for a year before being allowed to go out, when the annual overhauling of the furnaces will take place.
"The furnaces are now going through the process of heating, which it is expected will take about ten days, at the end of which time the temperature will have risen to at least 2,500 degrees. The fires are of wood at present, so as to allow of gradual heating, but in a few days the gas will be lighted and will be burned continually night and day from that time.
"The gas is produced by immense burners on the west side of the large plant, and is carried into the furnaces by large steel conduits. The sand and other ingredients required to make glass will be fed into the top of the furnace, and after melting will be carried into an adjoining section from which it is drawn by the glass blowers. These experts take a small quantity at a time and place it into a mold held by the helper, and immediately blow it into shape. The finished articles pass through a long cooling process and out into the warehouses, where they are packed.
"The capacity of the present plant will be 100,000 bottles a day and manufacturing will commence in about ten days' time. A large party of expert workmen are now on the way from the east, and will arrive in a few days. Over 100 hands will be employed."