The Libbey-Owens Sheet Glass Company immediately
began the erection of a six-unit plant at Charleston, West Virginia, at
an expense of $1,500,000, and commenced drawing glass in October, 1917.
By a strange irony of fate Mr. Colburn's life was cut short at this time
just at the fruition of his many years of effort.|
The success of the company was assured from
the start, and the demand for its superior product so increased that
in 1920 the plant was doubled in size and further enlarged in 1923,
making it the largest as well as the best equipped window glass plant
in the world today, representing an investment of more than $7,000,000.
The plant is equipped with eighteen Colburn machines and has a capacity
of 3,000,000 fifty-foot boxes of window glass a year.