The following excerpts were taken from the March 1969 issue of Glass Times, Dunkirk Plant, an internal publication for the glass plant in Dunkirk, Indiana run (at the time) by Armstrong Cork. The article announces the sale of the plant to Kerr. The plant was previously owned by the Hart Glass Manufacturing Company, and subsequently by Kerr, Ball, Ball-Foster, and presently by Saint Gobain. It is likely the oldest operating plant in the United States, now that Millville and Marion have been shut down. The original publication is on file at Minnetrista.


Armstrong Packaging Division Sold to Kerr Glass Corporation


The formal completion date for the agreement is April 1. Included in addition to the Dunkirk Plant will be the Closure Plant at Lancaster, Pa, the Crown Plant at Arlington, Texas, and the Closure and Plastic Vial Plant in Keyport, N. J. The glass container plants include the Millville and Waxachachie plants, and a new plant site in Charlotte, N. C. The six plants being sold have a combined total of about 3500 employees, including about 1100 at the Dunkirk Plant.


The Kerr Company now employs about 1700 people, and has plants in Santa Ana, Calif., Huntington, W. Va., Chicago and Plainfield, Ill., and Sand Springs, Okla. The Chicago plant is known as the Trio Metal Cap Division and produces wide-mouth metal closure. The remaining four plants produce all types of glass containers, very much the same as we produce at the Dunkirk plant.


Written by Richard H. Cole, Jr.

2003 Minnetrista Cultural Center