Glass actsWritten by Tom Pounds | President / Publisher | email@example.com
M.J. Owens. W.S. Walbridge. E.D. Libbey. Clarence Brown. F.L. Geddes. These five men, known as the “Toledo Glass Faction,” are the featured players in an upcoming book, “Glass in Northwest Ohio,” which holds myriad lessons in what entrepreneurship and good business sense can achieve.
Written by Quentin R. Skrabec Jr. and scheduled for a March release, the comprehensively illustrated book traces the origins of the Northwest Ohio boom from the discovery of natural gas near Findlay to the 1930s, when 85 percent of the world’s glass was manufactured in Toledo, to the modern-day traces of the glass pioneers. The pride, honor and nobility of the Toledo Glass faction — Owens’ innovations led to the elimination of child labor in the glass factories and facilitated the invention of safety glass for automobiles — make one keenly aware of the hard work and investment that shaped our city. Notably, the Faction built an empire without much government “assistance.”
This is a tome that should be read by every executive in Toledo — and everyone who aspires to continue the entrepreneurial tradition of the past masters.
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