Our Craft & Heritage
Libbey hails originally from East Cambridge, Massachusetts, home of the New England Glass Company which was founded in 1818. We are a leading manufacturer of glass tableware products and has developed into an authentic brand with clear roots. Worldwide, Libbey has established a solid reputation as THE glassware for professionals. Professionals can spend an entire career trusting on them.
Professionals choose Libbey. Libbey for Life!
Edward Libbey Joins Father at Glass Co.January 1, 1874
Edward Drummond Libbey joins his father, William, at the New England Glass Company.
Edward Drummond Libbey inherits full control of the companyJanuary 1, 1880
Edward Drummond Libbey inherits full control of the company and, in the latter part of the decade, the influential Michael Owens comes on board.
Birth of the ‘Glass City’January 1, 1888
Libbey moves the company to Toledo, OH, destined to become known as the “Glass City”.
The years of cut glass classicsJanuary 1, 1894
Most of the cut glass is produced during the 1892 – 1896. This period included; strawberry diamond, Hobstar and fan motives. We reinvented the current Hobstar based on these designs.
First to Automatically Produce Light BulbsJanuary 1, 1904
Libbey is the first to automatically produce electric light bulbs in the glass industry.
First to Develop Machine Blown GlassJanuary 1, 1907
Libbey is the first to develop machine blown glass tumblers.
Largest Machine Made StemwareJanuary 1, 1975
Libbey develops the largest machine made stemware in the world.
The birth of Gibraltar glasswareJanuary 1, 1977
Libbey’s Gibraltar line of glassware has long been a leader in the foodservice market, establishing the standard for attractive, durable glassware. In fact, Gibraltar is one of the most successful glassware shapes in history. Gibraltar has the shape and capacity to fill the need of any cocktail or beverage service. The Libbey DuratuffÒ strengthening process is sure to extend the life of the glass, standing up to the rigors of bar and restaurant use.
The Birth of Everest glasswareJanuary 1, 1988
The appearance of Everst is reinforced by its environment. The range is multi-functional, durable but has also a very distinctive trendy design. The glass will show its functionality at school canteens and its distinctive design with a cocktail. The stacking possibility safes storage at the bar or catering counter. The distinctive groove structure on the lower part of the glass gives him a trendy look and good grip. He is designed to stack in a solid way and treated by our exclusive Duratuff® strengthening process.
Libbey creates the marbelique glassware processJanuary 1, 1989
Libbey creates the marbelique glassware process.
Libbey reveals the first computer controlled blowing machine for stemwareJanuary 1, 1995
Libbey reveals the first computer controlled blowing machine for stemware.
Libbey introduces partnership with Syracuse ChinaJanuary 1, 1995
Libbey has the first tableware computer simulation for hot glass forming processesJanuary 1, 1996
Libbey has the first tableware computer simulation for hot glass forming processes.
Libbey Acquires World TablewareSeptember 29, 1997
Libbey acquires World Tableware, expanding its dinnerware offering and adding flatware and holloware items to the lineup.
The Restyle of HobstarJanuary 1, 2000
The design of Hobstar has been based on the cut glasses Libbey produced between 1876 and 1925. The so called ‘Brilliant Period of American Cut Glass’. The design is classic and fits the trend of Vintage Chique. Both can be used together or individual. They are functional and versatile in use and have the Libbey signature, being strong and distinctive. All features to create a vintage style to various drinks.
Libbey introduces partnership with Royal LeerdamJanuary 1, 2002
Libbey introduces partnership with Royal Leerdam
Libbey Acquires CrisalJanuary 1, 2005
Libbey Acquires Crisal- a glassware manufacturer based in Portugal.
Libbey obtains full ownership of CrisaJanuary 1, 2006
Libbey obtains full ownership of Crisa. The now unified organization continues their glassmaking tradition in Monterrey, Mexico.
Libbey rings the closing bell on the New York Stock Exchange.January 1, 2011
Libbey rings the closing bell on the New York Stock Exchange.
The Birth of SPKSYJanuary 1, 2012
SPKSY; The still immensely popular Vintage trend with the roaring 20’s and its classic cocktails as a base, allows us to play with facets. The SPKSY product family totally fits the theme and could have been used in the popular ‘speakeasies’ during the prohibition years (1919 – 1933).