“S G” mark on recent/modern glass containers (2000- c.2014)
Muncie, Indiana (head office), known (2010-2014) as Verallia North America. NOTE: Verallia North America (VNA) has officially been acquired by the Ardagh Group (based in Luxembourg) as of April, 2014.
The “SG” mark was phased out on American-made containers, being replaced by Ardagh Group’s “upside-down Omega logo” after 2014. (See that mark in the “U” entries on Page 5 of the glass bottle marks listings.) HOWEVER, I think there was a gradual changeover, with some molds being retooled somewhat later than others. (See the post by Jason B., in the Comments section below, which indicates at least some containers that were made in 2016 still had the SG mark on them).
The ” SG” mark is seen embossed on many of their modern jars and bottles, usually on the lower heel area of the container, but sometimes on the base. I was told that Verallia continued to use the “SG” mark between 2010 and 2014 on their glass containers even though the “official” company name was changed.
This concern was formed when Ball Corporation and Saint-Gobain (SG also acquiring Foster-Forbes Glass at that time) merged in 1995 to form Ball-Foster. In the year 2000, the name was changed from Ball-Foster to Saint-Gobain Containers.
Saint-Gobain Containers/ Verallia is a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, France, a huge firm with a corporate history involved with glassmaking that goes back over 300 years. Saint-Gobain has diversified and expanded it’s range of products greatly over the last few years, so glass container manufacturing is just one important component of their enterprise. They are the “number two” producer of glass containers worldwide, aPort Allegany, Pennsylvania (1900)fter OPort Allegany, Pennsylvania (1900)wens-Illinois.
Verallia North America was acquired by ARDAGH GROUP in 2014.
Ardagh Group (pronounced “AHR‘ – DAW”) now operates 14 glass manufacturing plants in the United States, some of which are former Ball Brothers/Ball Corporation factories.
The Ardagh Group in the United States currently (2019) includes glass container manufacturing plants operating at: Dunkirk, Indiana (operation dating from 1889) ; Port Allegany, Pennsylvania (1900); Sapulpa, Oklahoma (1913); Seattle, Washington (1931); Lincoln, Illinois (1942); Dolton, Illinois (1954); Henderson, North Carolina (1960); Burlington, Wisconsin (1965); Ruston, Louisiana (1968); Madera, California (1970); Wilson, North Carolina (1977) and Pevely, Missouri (1981). Also included under the Ardagh Group banner are glass plants located at Winchester, Indiana (former Anchor Glass plant, built in 1937) where a lot of BALL and KERR brand jars are still being made; and the glass plant at Bridgeton, New Jersey (former Leone Industries plant acquired in March 2012).
NOTE: The Ardagh plant located at Milford, Massachusetts, built in 1973 (formerly Foster Forbes > Ball-Foster > Saint-Gobain Containers > Verallia) was closed down in the spring of 2018, Ardagh officials citing the closure as a result of the reduced demand for beer bottles in the US. The property was sold in late 2018 for redevelopment, evidently not specifically intended for another glass-related manufacturing facility.
For more general info on Saint-Gobain (worldwide operations), go to: Saint-Gobain.com .
Also, click here to see the Ball Brothers Glass Manufacturing Company page,
Click here to go to the Glass Bottle Marks page – (this link points to Page 5). Other marks such as “S.G.CO.” which was used by several early companies and appear on a range of older bottles (that have no relation whatsoever to Saint-Gobain), are listed there.