John Baptiste Ford (1811-1903)

John Baptiste Ford (1811-1903) was son of Margaret Baptiste (1791-1840) and Jonathan Ford; grandson of Hannah Shuck (1756-1832) and Jean (John) Baptiste ; great-grandson of Andrew Shuck.

John Baptiste Ford is known as the "father of the plate glass industry" in the United States and ultimately founded the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company which became PPG industries. During his long career, he had many business interests including an early glass making company, Star Glass Works, in New Albany, Indiana where he was partners with Washington C. DePauw, his cousin, and the Michigan Alkali Company. The story of his life, family and career are reported in two very interesting books which show a genuine industrial entrepreneur of the nineteenth century.

John Baptiste Ford was the father of Edward Ford who founded the Edward Ford Plate Glass Company in Rossford, Ohio (Toledo) which subsequently merged to become Libbey-Owens-Ford (LOF).

Time does not permit a more extensive narrative of the history, career and achievements of John Baptiste and Edward Ford, so these abbreviated notes will have to suffice for now.

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A wooden container about three feet tall from the J.B. Ford Company at Wyandotte, Michigan was recently found. The label was beautifully restored and picture can be seen at:
J.B. Ford Co. "Wyandotte Steri-Chlor" Label

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Edward Ford

Edward Ford was son of John Baptiste Ford (1811-1903); grandson of Margaret Bapiste (1791-1840) and Jonathan Ford; great-grandson of Hannah Shuck (1756-1832) and John Bapiste; great-great-grandson of Andrew Shuck. Edward Ford founded the Edward Ford Plate Glass Company in 1898 in Rossford, Ohio (Wood County), a suburb of Toledo (Lucas Co.), which subsequently merged in 1930 to become Libbey-Owens-Ford (LOF). Libbey-Owens-Ford (LOF) was bought out in 1986 by a British company, Pilkington.

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