Remarkable Ohio


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ALERT (November 2023): Marker temporarily removed for renovation of Levis Square Park. Should be reinstalled when project completed 2024.

17-48 The Glass Capital

Side A: Attracted by the promotion of a civic group, as well as abundant fuel, Edward Drummond Libbey relocated his glass operation from Massachusetts to Toledo in 1888. His company was renown as a producer of fine art glass. Michael J. Owens, a Libbey Superintendent, developed the first fully automatic bottle-making machine in 1903. His invention revolutionized the industry and helped eliminate child labor in glass factories.
Side B: In 1899 Edward Ford established his quality plate glass factory upriver and developed Rossford as a model company town. Locally developed innovations include glass tubing, sheet window glass, and fiber glass. In the twentieth century Toledo has served as corporate headquarters for Owens-Illinois (1929), Libbey-Owens-Ford (1930), and Owens-Corning Fiberglass (1938).
Sponsors: Mercy Hospital of Toledo, Toledo Sesquicentennial Commission, and The Ohio Historical Society
Address: NE of 200 N St. Clair Street, 
Location: SE corner of N St. Clair St and Madison Ave, N of the fountain in Levis Square Park
Latitude: 41.6509500
Longitude: -83.5347860