Ball Corporation History

Ball Jar Progression
Ball Corporation History


Some Note worthy Jar Events in Ball Jar History...

1880 Ball brothers began business as Wooden Jacket Can Company in Buffalo, N.Y.
1884 Glass fruit jars first made.
1885 Zinc caps first made.
1886 Ball Brothers Glass Manufacturing Company was incorporated.
1887 Muncie plant built. Metal operations continued at Buffalo and Bath, N.Y.
1888 First glass products made in Muncie – glass oil cans and lamp chimneys.
1889 Day-tank replaced pot furnaces.
1889 All jar fittings manufacturing moved to Muncie.
1890 Flint glass furnace for jars and bottles built.
1892 “Day and Night” flint glass tank installed – 1,000 workers employed.
1894 Wooden boxes of dozen jars shipped – first dozen of anything shipped to grocery – patented by E. B. Ball.
1897 F. C. Ball Machine invented (patented 1898) – world’s first semi-automatic glass machine.
1898 Aluminum caps made for jars.
1898 Ft. Wayne Glass Works, Upland, Ind., acquired.
1899 Natural gas began to fail in Indiana Gas Belt Muncie plant about 1900.
1900 Ball-Bingham Machine invented – first automatic glass machine.
1901 Windfall Glass Co., Windfall, Ind., acquired.
1902 Corrugated paperboard first used by Ball for interstate shipment of jars by rail.
1904 Swayzee Glass Co., Swayzee, Ind., acquired.
1904 Upland Glass Co., Upland, Ind., acquired.
1904 Marion Fruit Jar & Bottle Co., Marion, Ind., acquired with plants in Marion, Converse, Fairmount, Ind., and Coffeyville, Kan.
1904 Port Glass Works, Belleville, Ill., acquired.
1904 Loogootee Glass Works, Loogootee, Ind., acquired.
1905 Automatic-flow feeder invented.
1908 Totally automatic glass-making perfected by Ball.
1909 Root Glass Co., Terre Haute, Ind., fruit jar plant acquired.
1909 First Blue Book published.
1909 Greenfield Fruit Jar & Bottle Co., Greenfield, Ind., and Owens machine license acquired.
1909 Mason Fruit Jar & Bottle Co., Coffeyville, Kan., acquired.
1911 Zinc mills in La Harpe, Kan. – Lanyon Zinc Smelting Co. and La Harpe Rolling Mill Co. – acquired.
1912 Zinc mill established in Muncie.
1913 Texas Bottle Co., Wichita Falls, Texas, acquired; new plant built and operated until 1951.
1914 Began making rubber sealing rings for jars.
1915 First outside sale of zinc and zinc products began.
1915 Ideal jars first produced; discontinued 1962.
1916 Westside Paper Mill, Muncie, acquired.
1920 Jelly glasses introduced.
1922 Eclipse jars manufactured until 1952.
1922 Company name changed to Ball Brothers Company.
1923 Noblesville Strawboard Mill, Noblesville, Ind., acquired.
1925 Schram Glass Manufacturing Co., St. Louis, acquired, with plants in Hillsboro, Ill.; Huntington, W. Va.; and Sapulpa, Okla.
1929 Pine Glass Corp., Okmulgee, Okla., acquired; closed in 1994.
1930 Two-piece Mason jar closures made of zinc and glass; later of tinplate and glass and later of all tinplate.
1933 Eaton Strawboard Mill, Eaton, Ind., acquired from Upco Corp.
1934 Muncie zinc mill expanded, became largest strip-rolling mill in world.
1935 Pressure cookers first produced; discontinued 1941.
1936 Three Rivers Glass Co., Three Rivers, Texas, acquired.
1937 Black mechanical rubber production capacity added.
1942 Aridor Co., Chicago, acquired for commercial closure production.
1943 American Zinc Products Co., Greencastle, Ind., acquired from Dupont.
1945 No. 1 glass plant in Muncie, Ind., burns.
1947 Friedrich & Dimmock, Millville, N.J., purchased to make spun glass fiber and other glass products; sold  in 1949.
1947 El Monte, Calif., glass plant built.
1954 Chardon Rubber Co., Chardon, Ohio, acquired.
1955 Can-or-Freez™ jar introduced.
1960 Asheville, N.C., glass plant built; closed in 1994.
1960 Rolled Plate Metal Co., Brooklyn, N.Y., acquired; closed in 1971.
1961 Mundelein, Ill., glass plant built; closed in 1981.
1962 Muncie glass plant closed.
1965 Quilted crystal jelly glasses introduced.
1969 Company name changed to Ball Corporation.
1970 New Muncie home canning closure plant completed.
1970 Greeneville, Tenn., zinc plant completed.

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