QUINTONGLASSWORKS

 

In 1863, D. P. Smith, George Hires Jr., John Lambert, & Charles Hires invested $8,000 each, to established the Quinton Glass Works for the manufacture of window, coach, and picture glass.��� In 1871, after some investor changes, it became Hires and Brother.In 1874, a glass broker, Prentiss Ward, became a part owner, and the name changed to Hires, Prentiss & Co.���

 

The plant covered seven acres on the south bank of the Alloway Creek.�� The factory included several buildings, and a Belgian oven imported from Europe.�� There was also a large general store and fifty dwelling houses for the glass workers.�� The company also owned a steamer to transport glass to Philadelphia.

 

In 1880, Prentiss withdrew, and the firm became Hires & Co.��� About this same time, Hires-Turner, a distribution center, was created on Filbert Street in Philadelphia.�� Hires-Turner, the distributing Co., obtained glass from Hires & Co. in Quinton, but eventually began to purchase glass from other sources.By 1908, purchasing glass from the Quinton Glass Works was not economical for Hires-Turner, with lower priced glass available on the open market.�� This led to the Quinton plant ceasing operation in 1908.���

 

The main product of the Quinton Glass Works in the 45 years of operation was flat glass.An early billhead from 1887, indicates �polished & rough plate, enameled, embossed, obscured cut & ground, and colored glass�.�� This same billhead also indicates �Flint and Green Glassware�, although I have no information on these products.�� The Glass Works was often recognized for their high quality product and they operated continuously with the Hires family at the helm.�� They had a few investors come and go, but the glass works was always highly thought of by the community.��� It was the main source of employment in Quinton for many years.���������������

 

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