E. O. Brody Company
Cleveland, Ohio (1958- )
Now part of Anchor Hocking Company.
E. O. Brody Company is not an actual glass manufacturer, but a distributor/wholesaler that markets utilitarian and decorative glassware (and ceramic items) made especially for the florist industry. The glass has been made in the United States, evidently for the most part by Indiana Glass Company, and later (after c. 2007) by Anchor Hocking Company.
On November 20, 2007 , a press release posted on insideindianabusiness.com indicated that Monomoy Capital Partners, L.P., a New York private equity fund that makes controlling investments in middle market companies that require operational or financial restructuring, announced that it had acquired Indiana Glass Company and E.O. Brody Company from the Lancaster Colony Corporation. Exact terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Quoting directly from this aforementioned press release:
“Indiana Glass manufactures tabletop and decorative glassware containers for the retail, private label, candle and floral markets. E.O. Brody markets and distributes vases made by Indiana Glass to wholesale florists, large floral buying groups and flower shops. Indiana Glass’ customers include large retailers such as Wal-Mart, specialty retailers, and candle makers. E.O. Brody supplies the nationwide floral industry, including FTD, 1-800-FLOWERS, and more than 1,200 independent retail florists. The companies employ approximately 450 people at facilities located in Sapulpa, Okla., Tulsa, Okla., Dunkirk, Ind. and Cincinnati, Ohio.
“Monomoy will merge Indiana Glass and E.O. Brody into The Anchor Hocking Company, the $220 million glassware manufacturer that Monomoy acquired out of Chapter 11 earlier this year. Anchor operates facilities in Lancaster, Ohio and Monaca, Pennsylvania. and supplies a wide range of glassware products to mass-market retailers, consumer products companies, candle makers, specialty retailers and the lodging and food service industries.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Indiana Glass and E.O. Brody to the Anchor family,” said Mark Eichhorn, the chief executive officer of Anchor. “Their deep experience in the specialty and floral business is a perfect compliment to Anchor’s presence in the retail and food service markets and will enable to us to more effectively serve both our current customers and adjacent sales channels. The addition of these two businesses will greatly accelerate our plans to restore Anchor’s position as the leading North American supplier of glassware products.”
“Since acquiring the Company in April of this year , Monomoy has instituted a series of business improvement programs at Anchor that have substantially reduced operating expenses and increased profitability throughout the Company.”
“E.O. Brody Co.” mark on glass
The E. O. Brody Co. mark is often seen on the base of emerald green, avocado green, clear, and white milkglass vases, bowls, and other floral containers of many styles and shapes. Large numbers of milkglass bud vases have been made for many years. These containers seem to be virtually omnipresent, so I am sure they have been made in tremendous numbers………virtually every thrift store probably has one of them in stock! Many of them also carry a number which is an inventory, style or model number assigned to a particular design.
Most of the glassware marked with “E. O. Brody Co” assumedly dates between 1958 and the early to mid-1970s, although have no concrete information that discloses how recently glass has been made with this type of marking. Some of it may date more recently…….perhaps into the 1980s or later.
Update: (this info posted October 20, 2015). Recent information posted online seems to show that glass sold by/through the Brody Company is now imported from outside the United States, specifically, Turkey. However, I have no information that shows exactly what types of permanent markings are being placed on this ware, if any.
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