Libbey Produces New U.S.-Made Glass Formula

Libbey has developed a new Made in the U.S.A. glass formulation, ClearFire, and with it will launch a new stemware and tumbler collection, Perfect Signature. It will debut at Bed Bath & Beyond, with a broader retail rollout planned for 2016.

According to the company, the introduction of this collection represents the culmination of nearly two years of research and development, planning, installation and testing of new production equipment.

“This is a truly defining moment in our company’s history, and one that calls for celebration,” said Stephanie Streeter, CEO, Libbey Inc.

“These innovations and capabilities and this collection complements our existing full tabletop product portfolio with truly exceptional, high-end stemware and tumblers with characteristics typical of traditional handmade crystal. We are especially proud to be manufacturing this product line in the U.S.,” added Streeter.

In 2013, Libbey announced an investment into its Shreveport, LA manufacturing facility to develop and install new production equipment. To date, approximately $30 million has been invested in the process that allows Libbey to produce the company’s new ClearFire formula. According to Libbey, the glassware was developed to have superior clarity, durability and brilliance. It is also the cleanest glass produced by Libbey, with less production emissions and 30% less iron.

“We are proud to be leveraging our innovation, producing the most brilliant and durable glass in the U.S. and assuring supply chain efficiencies to our domestic customers. This Made in the USA Perfect Signature collection of stemware and tumblers will allow expansion of Libbey products into higher-end glass tableware markets. Consumers will see the new collection first in Bed Bath & Beyond retail stores this fall,” said Tony Gardner, chief commercial officer, Libbey Inc.

The new collection will feature thin rims, tall stems, a flat foot and unique shapes and will be backed by Libbey’s 25-year consumer warranty, which guarantees against chipping.

For more coverage of Libbey’s Perfect Signature, see the July 6 issue of HOMEWORLD BUSINESS®.