MANUFACTURING: Wonder-Child

Ten years before the Civil War, Amory Houghton invested his money in a glass factory at Somerville, Mass. Eleven years before the turn of the century Michael Owens, tired of blowing glass with his lungs, invented a machine to do it for him. From Houghton's investment grew Corning Glass Works; from Owens' invention, Owens-Illinois Glass Co. Last week, after seven years' experimenting, these two famed oldsters fostered a wonder-child—Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corp., the first U. S. glass company devoted to the manufacture of textiles.

Fibre glass, which is simply glass drawn superfine, was made...

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