Anchor and H entwined mark: Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation

Anchor-Hocking Glass Corporation

Anchor-Hocking Corporation

Lancaster, Ohio and other glass manufacturing locations (1937- to date)

Anchor-Hocking mark

Anchor and “H” intertwined: Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation


First identification mark used: Anchor with an “H” superimposed (entwined) over it, in use since 1937. (Shown here, as seen on the bottom of a Shedd’s Lady Betty prune juice bottle in emerald green glass).

Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation was formed in 1937, a result of the merger of the Hocking Glass Company, Lancaster, Ohio (which began in 1905) and the Anchor Cap and Closure Corporation, Salem, New Jersey (began 1913).

Over the years, a number of glass manufacturing plants were involved including locations at Salem, New Jersey; Connellsville, Pennsylvania (former Capstan Glass Company which closed down on November 5 , 2004- thanks to info provided by Tamara Garza) ; Jacksonville, Florida;  San Leandro, California;  Waukegan, Illinois  and Houston, Texas.   In 1970, the former Phoenix Glass Company plant located in Monaca, Pennsylvania was acquired by Anchor Hocking.

Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation became “Anchor Hocking Corporation” in 1969, as the word “Glass” was eliminated from the official company name as they were expanding worldwide and diversifying into the production of many other types of products.

Anchor Hocking has produced tremendous quantities of both utilitarian container glass (soda bottles, food containers for retail sale, etc) and a great variety of glass tableware and cookware for home use (including such popular product lines as “Ruby Red“, “Forest Green” and their “Fire-King” semi-opaque glassware). Currently such items as storage canisters, candle holders, and assorted kitchen ware is still being made here in the United States. Most of the ware made in the United States is made at the Lancaster, Ohio or Monaca, Pennsylvania plants.  However, very recently some of the glass marketed by Anchor Hocking has been “outsourced”, i.e.  is now being manufactured in factories outside the United States.

Cobalt blue sundae glass by Anchor Hocking

Cobalt Blue Sundae glass or Ice Cream Soda “Tulip” style tumbler, marked on base with an anchor inside rectangle  (6 & 3/4″ tall). I don’t know the exact dates these were made, but I bought this one new @ Target in about the year 2000. If anyone has info on when this color/pattern was being manufactured, please let me know!

Although the “old” Anchor/H mark was reportedly discontinued circa 1977 in favor of the “new” mark (anchor within a rectangle, shown here, introduced in about 1968) some glassware dating after 1977 also carries the “old” mark.

Anchor inside a rectangle mark used by Anchor Hocking. This is the mark on the base of the Sundae glass shown on this page.

Anchor inside a rectangle mark used by Anchor Hocking. This is the mark on the base of the Sundae glass shown on this page.

 

For a list of Anchor Hocking plant numbers and other info pertaining to bottle bases in use during the 1960s/1970s period (courtesy of Dick Cole, fruitjar.org), click here .

Anchor Glass Container Corporation

Most of the Anchor Hocking glass container plants were “spun off” in 1983 to form the newly created  Anchor Glass Container Corporation, with headquarters in Tampa, Florida. AGCC was acquired by the Ardagh Group, then headquartered in Luxembourg, Europe,  in August 2012. However, 6 of those Anchor Glass Container Corporation plants, that is, the Elmira, NY; Warner Robbins, GA;  Jacksonville, FL; Lawrenceburg, IN; Henryetta, Oklahoma;  and Shakopee, MN locations have recently been acquired by KPS,  as of April, 2014.  For more info, please check these article links:

http://www.foodproductiondaily.com/Financial/Ardagh-Group-to-sell-six-plants-to-settle-1.7bn-FTC-charges.

http://www.foodproductiondaily.com/Financial/KPS-to-buy-Anchor-Glass-from-Ardagh-Group

See their anchor logo,  pictured here to the right.

For  more extensive information on the history and glass products of Anchor Hocking, and photos showing some of the rare and unusual glass they made, please check out the Anchor Hocking Museum site at this URL:

http://www.anchorhockingmuseum.com/History%20of%20Anchor%20Hocking.html

Currently (2013), Anchor Hocking’s official website is located at AnchorHocking.com .

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