Diamond Match Company

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The Diamond Match Co. circa Depression Era, Specimen Stock Certificate

The Diamond Match Company originally founded by O. C. Barber as the Barber Match Company, was the largest manufacturer of matches in the United States in the late nineteenth century.[1] Jarden is the current owner of the Diamond brand. [2]

It became a part of the Kreuger concern in 1932, when Ivar Kreuger took control of more than 52% of the shares.

The Diamond Match Company operated plants at Barberton, Ohio, Wilmington, Delaware ( now located in the East Brandywine Historic District).[3] The company operated another plant in Barber, California and another in Cloquet, Minnesota. In the twentieth-first century, Diamond remains America's leading producer of matches, producing some twelve billion a year.[4] It also produces plastic cutlery and other wood products. [5]


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