Ensign Hugh J. Adams
United States Glass Company
From The Story of Pittsburgh and Vicinity, [Pittsburgh] : The Pittsburgh Gazette Times, 1908; pp. 358-359.
Having a capital of $3,200,000 and operating eleven finely equipped plants, the United States Glass Company holds an enviable position among the the industries of the Pittsburgh district. With factories in Pittsburgh, Glassport, Pa., Gas City, Ind., and Tiffin, Ohio, the company is able to take advantage of the most convenient of shipping facilities and largest deposits of natural gas, while it caters to the trade of the world through magnificent showrooms located in all the large cities of the United States, Mexico City, Mexico; London, England; Sidney, Australia; Havana, Cuba, and other centers of business.
This company manufactures pressed tableware, lead-blown stem ware, lead-blown tumblers, show jars, soda-fountain supplies, decorated ware (gold-etched, enameled, engraved and sand-blast), lamps, pressed stem-ware, pressed tumblers, pressed beer-mugs, confection-ware, novelties, private mold-work, photographers' goods, pavement lights, prism window-lights, wine sets, fancy-cut goods and other articles in glass.
A visit to the general office and salesrooms, Ninth and Bingham Streets, Southside, Pittsburgh, would be necessary to gather an adequate idea of what this company is doing. A floor space of 10,000 feet is devoted to the display of more than 20,000 different articles of glassware that are sold in every quarter of the glove. Odd shapes made for different countries are shown, and it might be said of the company that it makes glass for everything and everybody under the sun.
In each of the concern's eleven factories a certain class of ware is made, each force of workmen being trained to the highest skill in a particular branch of the trade. Special labor-saving machinery is used. The Tiffin, Ohio, and Gas City, Ind., plants are considered ideally located for cheap-freight deliveries to the West, while the Pittsburgh plants are most centrally place to command easy access to the labor market. The Pittsburgh structures occupy ground worth from $2 to $6 a square foot, which must be sold for other than factory uses in the near future. The company, to be ready for this contingency, has in reserve 500 acres of land on the Monongahela water front above McKeesport, Pa.
An army of men is given employment by the United States Glass Company, including a corps of trained salesmen who travel in all parts of the world, and a number of women and girls. The officers are: President, D. C. Ripley, a man who knows the glass business from A to Z; Vice President, H. D. W. English; Secretary and Treasurer, W. C. King; Manufacturing Manager, William M. Anderson; Commercial Manager, M. G. Bryce.