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U.S. Glass Company aka United States Glass Company or plain US Glass.

The United States Glass Company was formed when 18 or more glass companies combined in 1891 to try to survive trying times as a combined unit.

While the idea behind the formation of this company was a sound one, the area needed to be supervised and coordinated. The numerous companies needing to be organized were located in Ohio, Indiana, West Virgina, and Pennsylvania. This was too vast an area to manage well and as a result chaos often prevailed.

George Duncan and Sons became a part of U.S. Glass, and Heisey became the commercial manager. After a short period from from 1890 - 1892 when the firm Duncan Glass was known as company D in the United States Glass Company combine, the plant was destroyed by fire.

After the companies combined, two new plants were built. An automatic facility at Gas City, Indiana, and a hand operation at Tiffin, Ohio. These two companies along with the Glassport, Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh plants became the important U.S. Glass plants.

In 1892, Beatty joined the the huge glass conglomerate known as the United States Glass Company. From that point forward, the Tiffin Plant was referred to as Factory R. Tiffin Factory R produced mostly pressed glass until 1914 when the tide started to change and blown glassware was becoming more popular. Tiffin produced quality glassware with delicate etchings. They were known for their use of color.

The Gas City branch produced machine made kitchenware, and dinnerware in colored glass through the 1930s.

The factories in Pittsburgh were known for their decorating . They decorated lamps, tableware and a large line of colored glassware and crystal.

While other factories within the United States Glass Company were forced to close during the Great Depression of the 1930s, Factory R managed to survive. In June 1938, the offices of the United States Glass Company were transferred from Pittsburgh to Tiffin with C. W. Carlson as President. By 1940, all glassware was marked with a Tiffin label. By 1951 Tiffin was the only plant still in operation, however, the official name of the company remained the United States Glass Company through 1962.

Ref: (1) Colored Glassware of the Depression Era 2 by Hazel Marie Weatherman

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