Ohio Valley Glass Company, Pleasant City, Ohio

Resumed Operations - Making Insulators

[Trade Journal]

Publication: The Commoner and Glassworker

Pittsburgh, PA, United States
vol. 25, no. 36, p. 12-13, col. 1-4,1



The Chas. Boldt Glass Co.'s Plant at Cincinnati

is up to Date in Every Particular. Many

Improvements and Changes Involving

Increased Capacity Noted at Different

Points - Columbus Plate & Window Glass

Co. Operating Their Plant at Lancaster, O.,

With a Full Complement of Workmen.

Situation at the C.P. Cole Factory. - New

Company in Charge at Pleasant City, O.


By S.N. McCarthy.


The Chas. Boldt Glass Co., Cincinnati, O., now stand for more than the manufacture of glass bottles. A great transformation has taken place since the company's early days at Muncie, ind., at the beginning of the big gas boom. A side line in colored metal caps for bottles has been developed for the whisky and beer trade. It is the only department of it's kind west of New York City. Lettering or monograms in all styles are put on the caps and they are colored to suit the fancy of the purchaser.

A lithographing department, which has been advanced to a highly efficient state, is fully equipped with the most modern machinery and designers are employed who only need a customer's name and business to create a special label for him.

The box making or fancy package department also receives special attention, the boxes being printed and packed ready for the customer's use. It requires a small lumber yard to supply the material, over 1,500,000 feet of lumber being now on hand.

Beside an office and warehouse down town, a four-story building is necessary for the manufacture of corrugated paper, which is utilized in packing the bottles. Work has been commenced on a second building, 54x198 feet, located near the second glass factory, for packing and storage purposes.

When Secretary Fred W. Schwenck was asked about the large stock of bottles on hand, he smiled and said that he did not anticipate any trouble in disposing of it this summer, and added that the company were not taking any more orders. Three continuous tanks are operated at Cincinnati and one at Muncie. The blowers have been doing well during the entire season. The mold making department is in charge of J.O. Ludlow, recently of Evansville, Ind.

The Chas. Boldt Glass Co. last week installed a new electric auto dray, for service in the factory and the city warerooms and store. It weighs 10,000 pounds, is 17 1/2 feet 8 inches, or almost as large as a freight car. It recently covered the distance between the factory and city in 55 minutes. It takes the street cars 35 minutes to cover the same route. It is the largest auto dray in Cincinnati, and is one of the largest ever built.

To Enlarge Reading Plant.

The Nivison-Weiskopf Co.'s bottle factory, Reading, O., is to be enlarged this summer and eight feet will be added to the amber tank. Supt. L.V.D. Blair has been constantly improving the plant and is securing great results, especially from the flint glass tank.. He hopes to do equally as well with the amber tank next season when the changes are made. A new and well lighted mold making department is one of the latest improvements. It is under the management of Peter Charles and is modernly equipped.

Supt. Blair was formerly connected with the old Victor window glass factory at Anderson, Ind., which is now owned by the American Window Glass Co. He seems to have profited greatly by his experience in the glass trade and is meeting with the success he merits. W. A. Briney is the hustling night foreman at Nivison & Weiskopf's.

Baltimore's New Bottle Factory.

The contract has been let and work is about to be started at the new bottle factory at Baltimore, Md., to be built by H.P. Nivison, formerly head of the firm of Nivison & Weiskopf, but who recently sold his interest to Mr. Weiskopff [sic] Weiskopf. The Baltimore factory will, therefore, be a separate concern and not a branch of the Reading, O., plant, as many in the glass trade have supposed.

John Fody, now employed at Reading, and a prominent member of the executive board of the Glass Bottle Blowers Association, who was recently elected as delegate to the Buffalo convention, will be manager of the new factory and will take up his residence in the Oriole City after the convention adjourns. Mr. Fody is well adapted to his new duties, and is considered one of the ablest men in the bottle trade. He had previously refused several offers of advancement. His many friends will wish him success.

The H.L. Dixon Co., of Pittsburg, have the contract for building the 5-ring continuous tank and lehrs for Mr. Nivison. All are to be operated with producer gas.

Making Insulators Again

The Ohio Valley Glass Co., Pleasant City, O., have resumed operations again, but the company has been reorganized, only retaining the same name. Pressed insulators are being manufactured and ten shops are employed. J. Keasler [sic] Kiechler is president, and J.B. Sullivan, lately connected with the window glass factory (pot furnace) at Eaton, Ind., is secretary. Jas. Burke, of Muncie, Ind., is superintendent. The new company contemplates moving the plant to Cincinnati and doubling the capacity by putting up an additional tank furnace.

Lancaster Glass Plants

The Columbus Plate & Window Glass Co.'s factory at Lancaster, O., is operating with a full complement of shops and the expect to continue in operation until June 30, although the lease of the factory to the workmen will practically expire June 15. Good glass has been the rule and the workmen have had a very satisfactory season's work.

Secretary and Treasurer Wm. Campbell seems well pleased with the run made, considering the conditions that have prevailed in the window glass trade, and they do not appear to be concerned about the outlook. They expect to be in the game no matter which way the market drifts. They are considered a good team and thoroughly understand their business.

About Twenty-five Shops.

At the C.P. Cole & Co.'s plant, Lancaster, O., about 25 shops are employed and the plant will likely operate until June 30. A full force is not yet employed, but the number of shops has been greatly increased during the past few months. As is known in the window trade, the plant is operating below the standard scale. Many shops that came to work during the season were sent away at the expense of the local preceptory. Several shops that arrived from Sandusky, O., last week refused to work at the cut list. There is talk that the whole affair may be straightened out by next season and the uniform list agreed to. C. P. Cole was absent during the writer's visit. Frank Dennis has charge of the clerical department.

The Enterprise Glass Co.'s window factory, Sandusky, O., closed the season on May 27.


Keywords:Ohio Valley Glass Company
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Researcher:Bob Stahr
Date completed:June 5, 2005 by: Bob Stahr;