Race for the Cure Kick-Off 2012

Posted by CR on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

It's that time of year again! We kicked off our 2012 Race for the Cure effort today. Team Anchor Hocking is back together and we've got some exciting things coming your way.

Last year was a wonderful year, with a great group of employees, family, friends, survivors, fighters and supports.

*A few pictures from Team Anchor Hocking 2011 (Race for the Cure, Columbus 2011)
Pictures Courtesy of CR

Race Day is May 19th in Downtown Columbus.

We will keep you updated on the blog, Facebook and Twitter about our plans and details for the Race!

If you are a friend or family member of an Anchor Hocking Employee (Lancaster), and would like to join team Anchor Hocking, we'll have info for you soon on how to sign up with us!

Categorized under: Events  Breast Cancer Awareness  Company News  Spotlight  Community  Spring 

2012 New Products

Posted by CR on Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

We are so very excited to introduce to you our New Product line up for 2012!


Categorized under: Company News  Prep  Bake  Serve  Drink  Catalogs  Spotlight  Introducing 

Senator Sherrod Brown Visit

Posted by CR on Friday, July 8th, 2011

Today was quite the exciting day at Anchor Hocking Company's Plant 1, in Lancaster, Ohio. We had a special visit from Senator Sherrod Brown in the afternoon.

He was welcomed in our showroom, where Channel 10 News asked him questions, and a local newpaper photographer snapped shots of the event.

Brown then went on a tour of our factory with our President, Mark Eichhorn as well as our CFO, Mark Hedstrom.

On his way through Plant 1, factory team members were all smiles to see the Senator in their historic factory.

Senator Sherrod Brown not only learned about glass making, but also glass decorating. Here, Eichhorn shows Brown one of our most popular and time tested pieces, the Fire King Measuring Cup.

The Senator is quite proud of Ohio's rich manufacturing history, and was thrilled to hear that we've managed to keep our main plant in the same location since our origination in 1905.

Categorized under: Company News  Spotlight  Made In The USA  Designed In The USA 

Drop the Anchor on Breast Cancer

Posted by CR on Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Anchor Hocking always looks forward to this time of year! It's such a great opportunity to give to a wonderful cause as a business family.

We thought we'd give you an inside peek at our race shirts for the 2011 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure (Columbus, Ohio).

The race is Saturday May 14th, and we'll have a team of 129 there.

A big thank you to everyone who helped pull this year's Team Anchor Hocking Company together! An extra round of applause to Moe, our team captain, co-worker, friend and survivor for all of her hard work!

Team Anchor Hocking has 6 pink shirts to hand out this year, which denotes survivors of breast cancer.

All photographs courtesy of CR

Want to see the other designs that were in the running before we chose this one?



All shirt graphics courtesy of CR

Stay tuned for pictures of the race day! We hope that if you're in Columbus on May 14th you can make it out to race, or to help cheer on the participants!

And the next time you get a chance, raise a glass in hope! Together we will find a cure!

Need some Hope? We've got Hope items in our online store!

Let us know what you think of our shirts via Facebook or Twitter!




Categorized under: Company News  Breast Cancer Awareness  Events  Spotlight  Design  Made In The USA  Community  Give Back 

IHA 2011

Posted by CR on Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

About a month ago we attended the International Housewares Show in Chicago. We visit every year as exhibitors and take several employees to evaluate trends. Our designers explored the show and found some very exciting colors, materials, and brilliant new ideas.

*Image Courtesy of CR
(We loved this fun "garden wall" made of tabletop products)

*Image Courtesy of CR
(Image from Pantone Colorwatch -These colors were prominent at the IHA Show)

*Image Courtesy of CR
(Who can't smile when they see these fun characterized kitchen products?)

*Image Courtesy of CR
(Eveyone loves matching their car with their cookware right?)

We attended presentations on trend, eco-friendly design, and the ever growing world of technology. One of the biggest excitements of the IHA Show is watching it grow every year. Last year there was the addition of the twitter feed wall, which continued this year. The conversation was had by including #housewares in your tweets. This year we also saw several booths and printed materials making good use of QR Codes. QR Codes allow you to scan a bar code with your smart phone, which then takes you to an app or a website. This is an excellent marketing opportunity which we intend on seeing more and more in the houswewares marketplace.

*Image Courtesy of CR
(Presentation at IHA on Technology's influence on the market)

Don't worry. We made time to enjoy the beautiful windy city (and boy, was it windy that weekend)!

*Image Courtesy of CR
(View of the setting sun, and martini on the 96th floor of the Hancock Building, Signature Lounge)

For this Anchor Blogger, the high point of the trip was finally working up the nerve to ask chef Curtis Stone for a picture. Goodness is he tall!

*Image Courtesy of CR
(Anchor Blogger "CR" with chef Curtis Stone)
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We hope you enjoyed our brief reflection on the Houswewares Show! Did you check out our booth at IHA? Share pictures on our facebook page!

The Kitchn was excited about our new products at the IHA Show - Read about it!


Categorized under: Events  Company News  Spotlight  Introducing  Trends  Design 

A Taste of Italy

Posted by CR on Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

I had the excellent pleasure of enjoying a wine tasting in the private cellar at Europia Wine & Spirits last night. The tasting was presented by BelVino (Cleveland, Ohio), an importer of fine Italian wine. Director of Sales, Steve Sheppard was there along with Antonio Chiavaroli of Marramiero. The gentlemen led the twelve of us through the tasting. We enjoyed five exquisite wines; two whites, one rosé, and two reds. 

*All of the wines were from Marramiero, from Abruzzo, Italy.

(Antonio Chiavaroli of Marramiero and Steve Sheppard of BelVino)
*Image Courtesy of CR

So as you can imagine, this evening was quite the exciting opportunity, a quiet event, in a private cellar, with a wine maker from Italy! Who wouldn’t jump to positively RSVP? What else was so wonderful you ask? Well, each tasting was poured into a beautiful piece of Stölzle stemware!

(Beautiful Stölzle Stems awaiting the pour)
*Image Courtesy of CR

I was so thrilled with the wines and the vast knowledge that was bestowed upon us, that I’ve decided to type up all of my notes and share them with you here on the Anchor Blog! Maybe my notes will inspire you to pick up a bottle and cook up some culinary delights to pair with it. 

Our tasting was complete with hearty pours and fantastic hors d'oeuvres created by Europia’s Proprietor, Steven Grabner.

(Meet the Proprietor of Europia Wine & Spirits, Steven Grabner)
*Image Courtesy of CR




This stunning Trebbiano d’Abruzzo just arrived in the United States last week. It is a 2010 Vintage and is aged in vessels and bottles for 3 months.  

Not only does it have a full floral and perfectly fruity flavor, it has a powerfully elegant bouquet and impressive legs.  

This wine would be a beautiful pairing with white meats and fish. Certainly, this is an excellent choice to pair with summer flavors.   

Grape Varietal: 100% Trebbiano d’Abruzzo
Alcohol Content: 12%
Production: 50,000 bottles/ 6 per case/ carton
Size: 750 ml
Serving Temp: 54-56° F    


This 2009 vintage is tropical and harmonious. It has excellent floral flavors, structure and balance. Spicy nuances are also evident among the mango, melon and grapefruit fragrances. The bouquet on this Pecorino is much lighter than that of the Trebbiano d’Abruzzo. 

This golden beauty is aged in steel tanks and in bottles for 4 months.

For a pairing, fish and white meats would be fitting. Salami, pasta, or truffles would be dreamy compliments. Another striking union would be with seared sea scallops and a creamy risotto.  

Grape Varietal: 100% Pecorino
Alcohol Content: 13%
Production: 30,000 bottles/ 6 per case/ carton
Size: 750 ml
Serving Temp: 52-54° F  


The beautiful cherry color of this wine comes from vintification process. The contact between the skin and the juice of the red grapes is quite brief, only 24 hours, allowing only a slight tinge of red color. It is aged in vessels and bottle for about 3 months.

This light yet crisp wine has a fresh bouquet, and admirable legs. Its taste is round, dry and pleasant.  

While one could drink rosé with anything, this Montepulciano would be incredible with gazpacho, pizza, vegetable soups, and tomato based dishes. Artichoke creations would also be well served with this wine.  

*Side note: Artichoke has a chemical that makes it quite difficult to pair with wine and often creates a taste of tin. Surprisingly, this wine manages to balance its flavors out.  

Grape Varietal: 100% Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
Alcohol Content: 13%
Production: 40,000 bottles/ 6 per case/ carton
Size: 750 ml
Serving Temp: 54-56° F  


This wine is bread of indigenous grapes and aged in French and Slavonian oak barrels for 14-18 months, it then continues to mature and refine in the bottle for 6 months. The color of Inferi is a deep ruby red.

The bouquet is rich and warm. Fragrances of vanilla, tobacco and licorice are intensely evident. 

This 2007 vintage not only boasts an artful label, but a powerful flavor that would be perfect with pasta, mushrooms, beef or mature cheeses.

Grape Varietal: 100% Montepulciano
Alcohol Content: 14%
Production: 100,000 bottles/ 6 per case/ carton
Size: 750 ml and 1.5 liter
Serving Temp: 60-65° F   


This incredible ruby red Dama has a vibrant bouquet with fragrant hints of licorice. It is an easy, drinkable wine with unbelievable fruit flavors and perfect acidity. It has a subtle spice and good balance. 

There is almost no oak flavor to this wine, making it a pleasure to drink with any plate. Its distinct flavor is attributed to the process of 12 month aging in steel, followed by 6 months in 2nd and 3rd use barrels. 

*Side note: Each vintage is different, because of the 2nd and 3rd use barrel process. The fruit flavors begin to change because the oak barrels pull out the acidity of the wine; this varies by year based on the 1st use of the barrel. 

Grape Varietal: 100% Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Production: 6 per case/ carton
Size: 750 ml
Serving Temp: 66-67° F  

(Checking out the fabulous legs on the Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)
*Image Courtesy of CR

(Admiring the label art of Inferi)
*Image Courtesy of CR

(Steve Sheppard educating us on the grape varietales from all twenty regions of Italy)
*Image Courtesy of CR

Want more infomation and pictures from the tasting? Stay tuned and follow us on Facebook, where we're sure to post more pictures!

A big heartfelt thank you goes out to Steven Grabner and the team at Europia, Steve Sheppard and BelVino and for the wonderful knowledge shared by Antonio Chiavaroli and Marramiero.

This was a wonderful event and everyone was so excited to be a part of this great happening in the cellar!

Get your own set of Stölzle Stems via the Anchor Online Store

In the Columbus Area and want to check out these wines? Contact Europia Wine & Spirits.

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Categorized under: Spotlight  Drink  Events  Company News  Entertain  Stolzle 

Giving to United Way

Posted by CR on Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Every year Anchor Hocking asks it's employees to give back in many ways. One of our largest efforts is the United Way Campaign (Fairfield County, Ohio). In 2010 our employees helped raise 27% more money for the United Way  than in 2009!

Through the generous effort of our employees we are able to give a gift that helps out our neighbors and that is something we are very proud of.

Neighboring businesses in Fairfield County also stepped up their giving. What a great year for giving in our area! Let's keep up the good work!

Our very own Mark Hedstrom receiving his suspenders as he takes his seat as Campaign Chairman for 2011 (Franklin County, Ohio United Way).

Read more about the 2010 United Way Campaign...


Last year's Campaign Blog Post

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Categorized under: Company News  Spotlight  Community  Give Back 

Our Corporate Video

Posted by CR on Thursday, January 13th, 2011

We are pleased to share our new corporate video with you. Enjoy!



As always, we love to hear from you:

Categorized under: Company News  Spotlight  Introducing  Made In The USA  Designed In The USA 

Tips for Success

Posted by CR on Friday, December 17th, 2010

Anchor Hocking has been manufacturing glass in the United States since 1905. Our longstanding history as a household name brings us pride and a real sense of responsibility.

Glass bakeware from Anchor Hocking has been a generational tradition with American families. We want to make sure that you're careful when using our dishes and getting the best experience out of your cooking.

Thank you to our loyal consumers.

Categorized under: Ask Glasspert  Bake  Events  Company News  Spotlight  Made In The USA  Designed In The USA  Home 

Pumpkin Solar Light

Posted by CR on Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Anchorware Everywhere

We're always finding creative uses of our ware on Facebook, blogs and Etsy. This time we've stumbled upon the lovely works created by Treasure Again.

Well the time changed, and now its dark out before you're ready to leave the outdoors! We've found the perfect fall outdoor accessory to light the night for you.

*Images Courtesy of TREASURE AGAIN

A big huge thank you goes out to Treasure Again, for taking the time to chat with us and continuing to find inspiring ways to use our ware.

Wondering how you can use the Pumpkin Jar around your house? Take some tips from the artist of Treasure Again herself, "We have used them for Halloween decorations in the past years, simply by putting items in the Pumpkin Jar, and setting them out for display. Also, for our Halloween parties, we have served jello, or many other foods in it, on the party table. I think I even used the glass pumpkin in a Halloween party spooky display, making it look like there were body part or eyeballs floating in the jar. I have also just added a short string of lights in the jar, to add glow to a display."

A whole line up of these little pumpkins on a buffet table full of fall delights would surely impress at Thanksgiving.

To get yourself a a plain Pumpkin Jar or six, be sure to check out our online store!

Categorized under: Anchorware Everywhere  Organize  Decorate  Spotlight  Holidays  Fall 

Hello November!

Posted by CR on Monday, November 1st, 2010


Well look at that! It's November already! That means we're inching up on several reasons to celebrate! So in honor of this fantastic month we are giving you one awfully good deal on shipping!

So get going! Shop away!


Categorized under: Company News  Spotlight  Winter  Fall 

Give Hope

Posted by CR on Friday, October 8th, 2010

Like so many others, this is something near and dear to the hearts of the Anchor Hocking family.


This month we've included our HOPE collection of products on our online store. By carrying products with pink ribbons we remind ourselves and those around us to give back.

16 oz. Breast Cancer Awareness Café Mug

2qt Embossed Ribbon Jar with Pink Lid - BCA

Doublewall 18oz Insulated Bottle - BCA

5 oz. Measuring Glass with Pink Decoration - BCA

The Anchor family supports the fight against breast cancer. Did you see our blog post about  the Komen Columbus Race For The Cure?


Stay Connected. Share Ideas.


Categorized under: Community  Breast Cancer Awareness  Spotlight  Cafe Mug  Fall 

FANtastic Ideas

Posted by CR on Tuesday, September 14th, 2010


Become a fan! Follow us on Twitter! Share your ideas! We love your stories!    

Categorized under: Spotlight  Organize  Decorate 

Shop Away!

Posted by CR on Monday, September 13th, 2010

THIS OFFER IS NO LONGER VALID. For more great deals shop with us at

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Categorized under: Company News  Events  Spotlight  Introducing 

Look Ma, We're on TV!

Posted by CR on Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Anchor Hocking will hit the air waves September 5th as a six minute feature on the popular television series Designing Spaces. Our own Shelly Glasgow offers tips to viewers about how to organize the kitchen using Anchor Hocking product, and a selection of items from our Anchor Home Collections and Stolzle stemware. The program will air on the WE Network.

-Sunday, September 5, 2010-9:30 A.M.

-Monday, September 6, 2010-9:30 A.M.
-Friday, September 17, 2010-9:30 A. M.


Once the show has aired - you can watch us right here!

 We hope you are just as excited as we are! Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!

Categorized under: Company News  Spotlight 

TrueSeal on QVC

Posted by CR on Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Who doesn't love being on television? Yesterday QVC aired a segment about TrueSeal - we hope you take a moment to check it out! While you're at it, buy a few sets!


Categorized under: Spotlight  Bake  TrueSeal 

Old School Anchor

Posted by CR on Friday, June 25th, 2010

AK and I found some pretty wonderful images of past Anchor Hocking employess, and this is one of our favorites. What a group! Based on the people in the image and their position in the company at the time, and the Mayor of Lancaster, we think this picture was taken in 1936. 

(Left to Right) President of the Lancaster Twilight Baseball League, T.C. Fulton (then V.P. Anchor Hocking Glass Corp), W.V. Fisher (then V.P. Anchor Hocking Glass Corp (also, baseball team general manager)), J.W. Huddle (then Mayor of Lancaster), and I.J. Collins (then President of Anchor Hocking Glass Corp).

We hope you've enjoyed this Anchor flashback!

Categorized under: Spotlight  Did You Know? 

Target Vendor of the Year

Posted by CR on Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Anchor Hocking walked away with a coveted 2009 Vendor of the Year award from Target. Recognized for efforts in two departments, the first includes glass and ceramic bakeware, tools and gadgets, and food preparation. The second category is serveware (all materials) and pantry.

Target Buyer, Michele Scheldt presented the award to Mark Harden, Director of Sales for Anchor Hocking. The selection criteria includes; contribution to sales, production planning, new product development and shipping.

Congratulations to the many associates instrumental in receiving this honor!

Categorized under: Spotlight  Company News 

Getting Celebrated

Posted by CR on Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

The Ohio Glass Museum is located here in Lancaster, Ohio. Since 2002 they have been celebrating Ohio's tradition of producing both handmade and machine made glassware. They share the history of of glassware and the roll that Ohioans have played in its growth.

On May 15th an exhibit opened featuring Anchor Hocking and showcasing Gay Fad Studios. I attended the opening evening's event. Here I met former employees of Anchor Hocking, viewed portraits of I.J. Collins and other crucial leaders from the past and saw the very first sales record book dating back to 1905. The group from The Ohio Glass Museum did an excellent job collecting data, images and archival pieces of Anchorware.

"The exhibit will feature Anchor Hocking items from the morgue of the Anchor Hocking; collections of Verylene Summers, of the Summer House Antiques; our own museum archives; and a very few area collectors. These glass creations and other artifacts will tell the great story of Anchor Hocking's positive incluence on, and enormous contribution to, our community for the past 105 years." -- The Ohio Glass Museum

The show also displayed pieces of Gay Fad glassware, which is also from Lancaster, Ohio.

"Fran Taylor decorated wastebaskets and glass items in Detroit beginning in 1939. She moved her business to Lancaster in 1945 so it would be central to the glass industry. For the next 18 years Gay Fad Studios was one of the best known and most prolific glass decorating companies in the country. A large selection of items from Gay Fad historian and collector, Dr. Donna McGrady, of Indiana, will be featured in this exhibit, along with contributions of area collectors." -- The Ohio Glass Museum

Want to know more?
Visit The Ohio Glass Museum

On Foot
124 W Main Street
Lancaster, Ohio 43130



Categorized under: Events  Spotlight 

We Heart Jadite Kate!

Posted by CR on Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

AK and I had the excellent opportunity to speak to “Jadite Kate” on the phone.

She started collecting glass before she went to college, about 5 years ago. Her collection started with Jane Ray pieces from Anchor Hocking’s Fire-King. Since then, her collection has expanded from a few pieces of ware to an Etsy store that is celebrated by collectors and other bloggers.

*Images Courtesy of Jadite Kate

Kate loves the colors of Jade-ite and the translucent mix between the greens of these vintage Fire-King pieces.

Restaurant ware is a personal favorite of hers as it is simple and holds up well. She uses Jade-ite as everyday ware, putting it to good use instead of collecting dust. Her kitchen cupboards are just chock full of dinner plates and Jade-ite mugs.

*Image Courtesy of Jadite Kate

She sticks to glass for her Jade-ite collection, although she does have a well preserved box that came with one of her deviled egg dishes. Many people collect old advertisements and packaging from Fire-King wares, but they are often difficult to find in good condition.

Kate’s 92 year old grandmother was the inspiration for her vast collection and charming Etsy shop. It all started with the Jade-ite batter bowl that her grandmother used, it was a Jane Ray pattern. Her mother is also a lover of glass, collecting Jeannette and Fostoria pieces. Three generations of women, all with a knack for classic glassware.

*Images Courtesy of Jadite Kate

We asked Kate if there were any heart-warming stories she could share with us. She brought up that she once had a customer who’s mother had received a specific piece as a wedding gift in the 1950’s. For years her mother was too afraid to damage the piece with use. The customer found a matching piece at Jadite Kate’s Etsy shop and purchased it. Now the customer’s mother can use the new piece and cherish the wedding gift without fear.

Some of Kate’s most common requests from her customers are batter bowls and Jade-ite mugs. Cups and saucers are often purchased as birthday and mother’s day gifts.

*Image Courtesy of Jadite Kate

Kate loves the “treasure hunt” aspect of hunting for these timeless pieces at antiques stores/shows and flea markets. She just recently went on a road trip to Brimfield, Massachusets to look for wares, which she talks about in her blog.

Want to hear more about Kate? Stop by her blog at!   You can also shop for Jade-ite and other fabulous vintage glassware at her Jadite Kate etsy shop.

We’re so glad we had the chance to talk to her and learn more about her experiences as a collector and seller of some of our most celebrated ware!

Thank you Kate for taking the time to chat with AK and I!

Categorized under: Spotlight  Trends 

Use Google Friend to Follow

Posted by CR on Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Did you know you can follow Anchor's blog by using Google Friend?

Just scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the 'Join this site' link. Don't worry, if you've never used this, it is easy and quick to set up.

You can pick from accounts you already have set up, such as Google or Twitter.

Then, simply enter your user name and password.

Last, enter a username and give yourself a photo (you don't have to), and click the 'Join this site' box.

Now you can get updates about our blog and check out the blogs we follow! Enjoy.

Categorized under: Spotlight  Introducing 

View earlier posts in the archive

  • In November 2009 Anchor Hocking's True Seal was recognized by Good Housekeeping

  • In November 2009 Anchor Hocking's True Seal was recognized by Good Housekeeping

  • Woman's World gives a round of applause to True Seal in their November 2009 Issue.

  • Woman's World gives a round of applause to True Seal in their November 2009 Issue.

  • Homeworld Business creates excitement around Anchor Home Collections new line of Bamboo products in their June 2009 edition.

  • Anchor Hocking's Sigma Beverageware is given an Award of Excellence by HFN in April 2009.

  • Anchor Hocking is acknowledged for expanding beyond glassware by HFN in April 2009.


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