Gayner Glass Works, Salem, New Jersey

Gayner Plant Running Smoothly, Big Blaze at Salem Glass Works

[Trade Journal]

Publication: The Glassworker

Pittsburgh, PA, United States
vol. 32, no. 8, p. 1, col. 2


Destructive Fire at the Salem Glass Works.

Large Portion of the Plant Will be Idle Two Weeks. - Repair Work is Being Rushed.

Salem, N. J., Nov. 20. - A very destructive fire broke out at the Salem Glass Works last Sunday afternoon in the broiler room. The blaze was caused by the bursting of an oil pipe, completely destroying the broiler and engine rooms, blacksmith shop, grinding rooms, packing house and two compressors.

Heinz has a packing plant adjoining the lower works. They have their own fire and water system and soon had a stream on the fire. We can thank them that the big tank is still standing. They had the fire under control by 3:30.

The firm have a five-pot factory in this yard. It gets its motive power from the engine which was burned. so [sic] So they put a force of men at work on the old steam engine and all the shops were at work by 7:30 Monday morning.

Up to the time of the fire they were running full capacity. and [sic] And had an "owl" shift. The three tanks being shut down throws two-thirds of the working force force [sic] out of employment. About five hundred families are thereby affected. One of the members of the firm told the writer that they would be at work within ten days or two weeks if no other trouble crops out, and judging by the way the laborers went to work last Monday morning, about 100 men clearing away the wreckage, they will realize their expectations.

At the Gayner Glass Works everything is running smoothly. They are making about the same line of ware as usual, water bottles, demijohns, carboys, etc. Rumor has it that they intend to put some pint shops in the near future, but this is not official.

Branch No. 6 has appointed a legislative committee with Frank Somers as chairman, and we can be sure that the legislation at Trenton will be closely watched this year. - Fort Mott.


Keywords:Gayner Glass Works
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Researcher:Bob Stahr
Date completed:October 4, 2007 by: David Wiecek;