Anchor Hocking

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Anchor Hocking Company
FormerlyThe Hocking Glass Company
Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation
Company typeSubsidiary
IndustryGlassware and other consumer products
Founded1905 (1905) in Lancaster, Ohio, United States[1]
FoundersIsaac J. Collins and E.B. Good[1]
ParentAnchor Hocking Holdings, Inc.
Plant #44 in Monaca, Pennsylvania.

Anchor Hocking Company is a manufacturer of glassware. The Hocking Glass Company was founded in 1905 by Isaac Jacob (Ike) Collins in Lancaster, Ohio, and named after the Hocking River.[2][3] That company merged with the Anchor Cap and Closure Corporation in 1937.[4]

From 1937 to 1983, the company operated the oldest glass-manufacturing facility in the United States, established in 1863, in Salem, New Jersey.[5] Anchor Hocking's wine and spirit bottles were crafted at a factory in Monaca, Pennsylvania.[6] It also had facilities in Elmira, New York, and Streator, Illinois.

The company was the sponsor of the radio drama Casey, Crime Photographer. It was also slated to sponsor television's first late-night talk show, The Don Hornsby Show, before Hornsby suddenly died shortly before its debut.[citation needed]

Anchor Hocking and their headquarters in Lancaster, Ohio, are a focus of Brian Alexander's February 2017 book Glass House.[7]

Corporate history[edit]

Prior logo of the company

In 1905, the Hocking Glass Company was founded by Isaac Jacob (Ike) Collins in Lancaster, Ohio, and named after the Hocking River.[2] In 1937, that company merged with the Anchor Cap and Closure Corporation, thus becoming Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation.[4]

In 1934, Hocking Glass and a subsidiary, General Glass, developed the first nonreturnable beer bottle, considered a significant development in the field.[8]

In 1987, the Newell Company acquired Anchor Hocking Corporation.[9]

In 2004, Newell Rubbermaid sold Anchor Hocking to New York City-based Global Home Products, LLC, an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management LP.[8]

When Global Home Products declared bankruptcy in 2007, Anchor Hocking was sold to Monomoy Capital Partners,[10] who merged Anchor Hocking with Oneida in 2012 and created EveryWare Global.[11] In January 2014, EveryWare Global announced its plans to close its regional office and the Oneida outlet store, both in Sherrill, New York, with the process starting in April.[12] The original Oneida outlet store in Sherrill, New York, was closed April 26, 2014.[13] EveryWare Global filed for bankruptcy in 2015.[11] EveryWare Global was renamed The Oneida Group in 2017.[14]

In June 2021, Oneida Consumer LLC, including the Oneida brand, was acquired by Lenox Corporation.[15] Reflecting its remaining activities, in July 2021, The Oneida Group was renamed to Anchor Hocking Holdings, Inc.[16]


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 wide variety of glass containers for many types of foods, beverages, and other products was produced. AGCC filed for bankruptcy in 2011. Their "stylized anchor" trademark logo, which consists of two angular letter, G oriented back-to-back (or “mirrored” ) was registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on February 19, 1985. Anchor Glass Container has manufacturing facilities in China; Tampa, Florida; Jacksonville, Florida; Warner Robins, Georgia; Lawrenceburg, Indiana; Henryetta, Oklahoma; Shakopee, Minnesota; and Elmira, New York.[17]

In March 2021, Anchor Hocking's Monaca, Pennsylvania factory was sold to Austrian manufacturer Stölzle Glass.[18]

Depression glass[edit]

Anchor Hocking Depression glass, Teardrop and Dot pattern

The company was a major producer of Depression glass. The first glassware produced as Anchor Hocking Glass Company was Royal Ruby in 1939. In addition, Anchor Hocking produced Forest Green Glass and Fire-King and Anchor Ovenware.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Heritage". Anchor Hocking. Archived from the original on January 21, 2012.
  2. ^ a b History of Anchor Hocking Anchor Hocking Museum.
  3. ^ Trenton Evening Times, October 23, 1975, Page 23.
  4. ^ a b Lockhart, Bill; Shreiver, Beau; Lindsey, Bill; Serr, Carol. "Anchor Hocking Glass Corp" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on September 11, 2015.
  5. ^ Williams, Michael (June 23, 2013). "Under a new name and ownership, Salem City glass plant celebrates 150 years in operation". South Jersey Times. Retrieved July 25, 2013.
  6. ^ "Anchor Hocking". Anchor Hocking. Archived from the original on November 23, 2018. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  7. ^ Alexander, Brian (2017). Glass house : the 1% economy and the shattering of the all-American town (First ed.). New York. ISBN 978-1-250-08580-1. OCLC 947146034.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  8. ^ a b "The history of Anchor Hocking: Bankruptcy filing for Anchor Hocking". Gannet Media Corp. Lancaster Eagle - Gazette. April 11, 2006. p. A1.
  9. ^ "Anchor Hocking Shareholders Approve Merger With Newell". AP News. July 2, 1987. Retrieved January 31, 2022.
  10. ^ Wilson, Paul (April 2, 2007). "Anchor Hocking to be sold again". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved June 6, 2023. Last year, Global Home declared bankruptcy then sold its WearEver division and the Burnes Group, leaving Anchor Hocking as the only remaining part of the company.
  11. ^ a b Witkowsky, Chris (April 7, 2015). "Monomoy-backed EveryWare Global to file for bankruptcy". PE Hub Network. Retrieved February 15, 2016.
  12. ^ Moriarty, Rick (January 28, 2014). "Last piece of Oneida Ltd. leaving Sherrill". Syracuse Media Group. Archived from the original on February 22, 2016. Retrieved February 15, 2016.
  13. ^ Will, Nick (July 3, 2014). "Oneida Company Store in Sherrill closing April 26". Oneida Daily Dispatch. Archived from the original on March 11, 2016. Retrieved May 23, 2021.
  14. ^ The Oneida Group (January 9, 2017). "EveryWare Global Changes Corporate Name to The Oneida Group". GlobeNewswire News Room (Press release). Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  15. ^ Lenox Corporation (June 3, 2021). "Lenox Corporation, America's Leading Tabletop, Giftware and Home Entertaining Company, Announces Acquisition of Oneida Consumer LLC". PR Newswire (Press release). Retrieved April 29, 2023.
  16. ^ "A0872555". California Business Search. California Secretary of State. February 15, 2022. Retrieved April 29, 2023.
  17. ^ "Our Locations". Anchor Glass Container. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  18. ^ "Stoelzle Glass Group acquires US glass plant". Stoelzle Glass Group. March 8, 2021. Retrieved April 29, 2023.

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