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Drone Views of Anchor Hocking's last plant

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Drone views of the last Anchor Hocking plant in Lancaster, Ohio. The Pierce Ave. factory was once one of several plants in Lancaster. Anchor Hocking is the result of an outgrowth of several companies, each of which made its mark in its own particular field. Its history is one of uniting by mergers of companies organized as far back as 1873.

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1863: Pancoast and Craven begins manufacturing bottles and home canning jars. 1873: Swindell Brothers, Inc. begins in Baltimore, Maryland. 1880: Pancoast and Craven becomes Craven Brothers. 1889: Carr-Lowrey Glass company begins in Baltimore, Maryland. 1895: Craven Brothers is transferred to Salem Glass Works. 1898: Carr-Lowrey Glass Company is consumed by fire. 1904: Sure Seal Company is organized. 1905: The Hocking Glass Company is founded by I.J. Collins and E.B. Good in Lancaster, Ohio. 1937: Hocking Glass and Anchor Cap Corporation merge and change to Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation. 1969: "Glass" is removed from the company name. July 2, 1987: Anchor Hocking merges with Newell Co. of Freeport, Ill. after a hostile acquisition. Feb. 9, 1988: EPA files a lawsuit against Lancaster, naming Anchor Hocking and Lancaster Electro-Plating as co-defendants, after the city failed to follow EPA orders for pretreating wastes from the two companies. Oct. 3-29 1992: Anchor Hocking employees strike after negotiations between management and the American Flint Glass Workers union failed over raises, health insurance benefits and a pension plan. Dec. 17, 1993: Anchor Hocking is cited for safety violations and fined $21,000 by OHSA after employee Sandra A. Bush, 45, of Lancaster, was killed Nov. 16 when an 8,700-pound forklift ran over her. June 10, 2002: The proposed sale of Anchor Hocking to Toledo-based Libby Inc. is abandoned after the Federal Trade Commission fought the deal in court on grounds it would reduce competition for certain glassware and violate antitrust laws. Anchor Hocking's parent company Newell Rubbermaid agrees to sell the entire Anchor Hocking business to Libbey a year earlier for $332 million. Dec. 24, 2002: The Dispatch reports that Anchor Hocking laid off 160 temporary employees on Dec. 15 and will lay off 175 permanent workers by Jan. 9. Feb. 20, 2003: Anchor Hocking announces that it will make a $30 million investment over three years in its Lancaster plant. In exchange, the company will receive a tax break for its manufacturing plant and nearby distribution center. April 14, 2004: Cerberus Capital Management purchases Anchor Hocking, along with Burnes Group and Mirro/WearEver, from Newell Rubbermaid for $310 million. Cerberus turns Anchor Hocking as well as the other two businesses into the company Global Home Products based in Westerville. June 15, 2005: The Dispatch reports that Anchor Hocking will add 50 jobs within the next three years in exchange for 10-year tax abatement on new equipment and upgrades. Aug. 17, 2005: The Dispatch reports that the Federal EPA accused Anchor Hocking of violating clean-air laws at its plant in Lancaster. April 12, 2006: The Dispatch reports that Anchor Hocking's parent company Global Home has filed for bankruptcy. March 2007: Anchor Hocking is purchased by Monomoy Capital Partners L.P. from bankrupt Home Global Products. Monomoy, a New York private-equity firm, paid $75 million and assumed $20 million in debt. Anchor acquires Indiana Glass Company and E.O. Brody Company. April 13, 2007: The Dispatch reports that Anchor Hocking employees will receive less money from their pensions as part of the deal to sell the company and because the previous owner didn't adequately fund the plan. Oct. 3, 2007: The Dispatch reports that Anchor Hocking laid off 80 workers at their Lancaster plant. Dec. 6, 2007: The Dispatch reports that Anchor Acquisition LLC was awarded low-interest state loans worth $10 million to rebuild a furnace at Anchor Hocking in Lancaster. The limited liability company was created by Monomoy Capital Partners LLP to buy Anchor Hocking out of bankruptcy this year. The loans also will be used for equipment costs as part of a $10.3 million project, which will retain 1,000 jobs. 2008: E.O. Brody is sold to Syndicate Sales. Anchor acquires certain assets of Alco Consumer Products, Inc. and renames it Anchor Home Collection. 2009: Anchor Hocking obtains North American distribution rights for Walther Glas and Stözle. Sept. 3, 2011: The Dispatch reports that OSHA has cited Anchor Hocking for 12 alleged safety violations. 2012: Monomoy creates EveryWare to combine two of its tableware brands, Anchor Hocking and Oneida, with headquarters in Lancaster. May 15, 2014: The Anchor Hocking plant in Lancaster temporarily shuts down after financial reports show a first quarter loss of $38.4 million which it attributed to a drop in sales to the food-service industry and high utility costs. May 31, 2014: EveryWare says it has reached an agreement with its lenders that allows it to operate through June, giving it more time to come to a long-term agreement about financial problems. June 3, 2014: The Dispatch reports that Anchor Hocking will resume partial production at its plant in Monaca, Pa. June 8, 2014: The Dispatch reports that Anchor Hocking could permanently close its Lancaster plant which employs 1,100 workers. Its parent company, EveryWare Global Inc., said its poor financial performance caused it to default on a credit agreement. June 10, 2014: The Dispatch reports that EveryWare announces that it would partially reopen the Lancaster plant, but would also make job cuts. The company did not address concerns of a credit default that could lead to bankruptcy and possibly a permanent shut down. EveryWare gave notices to employees on June 6 that it may do a permanent shut down as early as mid-August. June 26, 2014: The Dispatch reports that EveryWare has warned in a regulatory filing that it might be removed from the Nasdaq Stock Market because the company's market value has fallen below the threshold for continued listing under the market's rules. The company has 180 days to get the value of its publicly held shares to $15 million or more. June 30, 2014: The deadline for the May 31st agreement with its lenders is extended until July 15. July 3, 2014: In an attempt to get workers back in the factory, members of United Steelworkers Local 51, the plant's largest union, approve a new contract that reduces pay by 7 percent and eliminates the company match on the 401(k) retirement plan. The deal needs approval by EveryWare's board of directors and is contingent on Monomoy Capital Partners agreeing to invest an additional $20 million in the company. The union will also have the opportunity to review the company's restructuring plan. July 8, 2014: A 250-ton tank at the Lancaster factory cracks and leaks molten glass. It was the only one of three tanks in operation. July 10, 2014: EveryWare Global Inc., Anchor Hocking's parent company, announces steps to resume production next week in Lancaster, while a sister plant in Pennsylvania is indefinitely shut down. July 18, 2014: The stock of Anchor Hocking's parent company gains enough value that it can continue to be listed on the Nasdaq stock market. July 22, 2014: EveryWare Global obtains another extension to a deadline (now 7/29/2014) to reach a new credit agreement. Most of the nearly 1,200 Lancaster plant employees have returned to their jobs. July 30, 2014: EveryWare reaches an agreement with lenders that will avert a potential bankruptcy. The lenders agreed not to seek remedy for EveryWare's violation of the previous credit agreement. In exchange, Monomoy Capital Partners agreed to invest $20 million in EveryWare, pay a higher interest rate and make several other financial moves. The company will have until March before it faces another test of whether it is meeting loan terms. Aug. 14, 2014: EveryWare releases a financial report stating a $26.9 million loss in the quarter that ended in June. Oct. 8, 2014: The Dispatch reports that Anchor Hocking's parent company, EveryWare, is facing a class-action lawsuit alleging that it made false statements and filed to disclose important facts that later led to a drop in the stock price. The initial plaintiff is the pension fund for a local electrical workers union in Michigan. April 1, 2015: EveryWare Global Inc., the parent company of Anchor Hocking, files for bankruptcy protection, although it plans to operate as normal during the transition and has not announced any layoffs. The company said it has reached an agreement with some of its lenders on a restructuring plan that will include a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. June 2, 2015: EveryWare Global says it has emerged from bankruptcy, meeting its target to complete a restructuring in 60 to 75 days. EveryWare is one of Fairfield County's largest employers, with about 1,100 workers. May 3, 2016: The Dispatch reports that the parent of Anchor Hocking, which emerged from bankruptcy last year following a serious downturn for the company, has picked a former Procter & Gamble executive as its new CEO. Patrick Lockwood-Taylor is taking over the top job at EveryWare Global, which includes the Anchor Hocking glass-making operations that have been in Lancaster since 1905. The flagship plant and surrounding offices employed about 1,100 people as of last summer. The company was in a financial crisis for much of 2014, following a drop in sales and an inability to meet loan terms. This led to fears that the flagship Lancaster glassware plant was at risk of closing. Today, the plant remains open. Jan. 11, 2017: The Dispatch reports that glassware and tabletop company EveryWare Global has changed its name to the Oneida Group as it looks to leverage the brand known for making tableware for homes, hotels and restaurants. One of EveryWare's principal brands, Anchor Hocking, will be a subsidiary of Oneida Group and will continue to produce and market glass products to the consumer and specialty markets. April 15, 2017: The Dispatch reports that the parent company of Anchor Hocking is moving its corporate headquarters from Lancaster to Columbus, part of an effort to bring together its global operations. Oneida Group will move to the former Columbia Gas of Ohio building at 200 S. Civic Center Dr. About 60 employees will move to the Columbus headquarters this summer. The move will not affect the flagship glassware plant in Lancaster, which is next door to the current headquarters and employs about 800. Sept. 6, 2017: Oneida Group, the company that includes the Anchor Hocking brand, plans to close its distribution center in Savannah, Georgia, and move the work to Lancaster, The Dispatch reports. The tableware manufacturer also has announced a partnership with SRI, a Lancaster-based printer and decorator of glass containers, which Oneida says will make its glass production more flexible in responding to changes in the market.

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