Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation
Anchor Hocking Corporation
Anchor Hocking Company
Lancaster, Ohio and Monaca, Pennsylvania (1937- to date).
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). Sometimes the mark is very indistinct with a poor “strike” and might be mistaken for some type of crude “stick figure”, especially on smaller bottles.
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; Winchester, Indiana (former Woodbury Glass Company, later, Turner Glass Corp., later General Glass Corp. plant); Connellsville, Pennsylvania (former Capstan Glass Company facility which closed down on November 5 , 2004- thanks to info provided by Tamara Garza) ; Jacksonville, Florida; San Leandro, California; Los Angeles, CA; 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. Later the name was changed again slightly to just “Anchor Hocking Company”.
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 featuring many “fired-on” surface colors).
They produced much so-called “Depression Glass” during the late 1930s into the early 1940s, including green transparent kitchen ware and other glassware.
Currently (2018) 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 produced at their glass manufacturing facilities located at Lancaster, Ohio and Monaca, Pennsylvania. However, recently (2014) I was told that some (not all) of the glass marketed by Anchor Hocking has been “outsourced”, i.e. is now being manufactured in factories outside the United States.
The “Anchor superimposed over an H” mark has been used for many years and is still seen on much of the glass made by Anchor Hocking. The “Anchor inside a rectangle” is a slightly different logo which was introduced in 1968. Both of these marks seem to be in use simultaneously.
Anchor Hocking was acquired by Monomoy Capital Partners in 2007, and in 2011 MCP acquired Oneida. Both companies were integrated by Monomoy in 2012, and in 2017 they officially became “The Oneida Group”, parent company to Anchor Hocking. The Oneida Group business headquarters are based in Lancaster, Ohio.
ANCHOR GLASS CONTAINER CORPORATION
Most of the original Anchor Hocking glass container plants then operating were “spun off” in 1983 to form the newly created Anchor Glass Container Corporation, with headquarters in Tampa, Florida. A very wide variety of glass containers for many types of foods, beverages and other products were produced. AGCC filed for bankruptcy in 2011.
In August, 2012 AGCC was acquired by the Ardagh Group, headquartered in Luxembourg, Europe.
However, 6 of those Anchor Glass Container Corporation plants were acquired by KPS in April of 2014. Those six bottle plants are located at: Elmira, New York; Warner Robbins, Georgia; Jacksonville, Florida; Lawrenceburg, Indiana; Henryetta, Oklahoma and Shakopee, Minnesota. They continue to produce large quantities of bottles as of 2018.
For a list of Anchor Hocking plant code numbers and other info pertaining to bottle bases in use during the 1960s/1970s period (courtesy of Dick Cole, fruitjar.org), click here .
For more info, please check these article links:
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:
For much more detailed background information on Anchor Hocking, please check out this web article written by author/researcher Bill Lockhart with input from other researchers:
Anchor Hocking website (current as of July 2018) is at this link:
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