Why Libbey Inc. Foodservice | 200 Years of Experience
Looking to set your table for greater success? No one serves up more experience than Libbey. We share our expertise to help you deliver a memorable experience your patrons will know is uniquely you.
We help you artistically translate your vision into value by using:
• Insights that turn today’s trends into business potential
• Vast product spectrum to create compelling tabletop, bar and hospitality settings
• Channel expertise that understands your challenges
• Customer service tailoring our experience just for you
Big Profits. Rave Reviews. Full Houses.
For almost two centuries, Libbey has been known as the leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of high-quality glass tableware, especially in the North American market. With the acquisitions of Royal Leerdam in the Netherlands, Crisal in Portugal, the remaining 51% of Crisa in Mexico, and its building of a new factory in China, Libbey is nowadays the second largest glass tableware producer in the world (by management estimates). This expanded manufacturing footprint positions Libbey well to service the tabletop needs of customers like you and others around the world.
Vision, Mission, Values
Libbey’s corporate culture is reflected in its Vision, Mission, and Values. Each component is important in defining where Libbey is headed and how we are getting there.
Libbey’s Vision, Mission, and Values have been integrated into the fabric of the company through performance feedback tools, training programs, and communications initiatives. They define the way we work.
1818 - New England Glass Company is founded in East Cambridge, Massachusetts
1978 - Edward Drummond Libbey joins his father, William, at the New England Glass Company
1885 - Michael Owens Comes on Board and begins his innovations in the glass industry.
1888 - Libbey Moves its factory to Toledo, OH.
1893 - Libbey constructs a complete model glass factory at the World’s Columbian Exhibition in Chicago. The success of this exhibit established the Libbey brand name throughout America.
1893 - Libbey Glass creates a spun glass dress for Princess Eulalia of Spain as part of its efforts for the World’s Exhibition in Chicago.
1904 - Libbey is the first to automatically produce electric light bulbs in the glass industry.
1907 - Libbey is the first to develop machine blown glass tumblers.
1966 - Libbey debuts its Golden Foliage glassware. This will become the largest selling decorated glassware pattern ever made by Libbey.
1968 - Libbey marks its 150th anniversary with a parade reenacting the move from New England to Toledo 80 years before in 1888. Theatre members, dressed in 19th century garb, march to the Libbey Factory. This is also the same year that Libbey makes the first 18 section press and blow tumbler machine.
1970 - Libbey makes the first one piece press and blow stemware (patented process).
1974 - Libbey launches the first large ware press and blow tumbler machine.
1975 - Libbey develops the largest machine made stemware in the world.
1977 - Libbey is the first to conduct automatically inspected glassware.
1983 - Libbey has the first NSA fully automatic computer controlled stemware machine.
1987 - Libbey celebrates their line of Spud Mckensie branded Bud Light glassware by hosting the famous mascot and his Spudettes for the launch event in downtown Toledo. Libbey also launches the first computer controlled tumbler machine.
1989 - Libbey creates the marbelique glassware process.
1993 - Libbey becomes a public company (NYSE:LBY)
1995 - Libbey purchases Syracuse China and begins its journey manufacturing high end china for foodservice channels around the world. Libbey also reveals the first computer controlled blowing machine for stemware.
1996 - Libbey has the first tableware computer simulation for hot glass forming processes.
1997 - Libbey acquires World Tableware, expanding its dinnerware offering and adding flatware and holloware items to the lineup. Libbey also opens it outlet store in downtown Toledo- discounts galore!
2002 - Royal Leerdam join the Libbey team allowing Libbey to add luxury glassware to the mix. Libbey also acquires Traex in this year.
2005 - Libbey Acquires Crisal – a glassware manufacturer based in Portugal.
2006 - Crisa joins Libbey in continuing their glassmaking tradition in Monterrey, Mexico. Libbey also opens their state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Langfang, China.
2008 - Libbey moves to a new showroom on the 9th floor at the famous 41 Madison Avenue building in New York City. Libbey also participates in Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in Toledo.
2011 - CEO John Meier & Libbey’s management team ring the NYSE closing bell to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Libbey’s return to the public exchange.
2012 - Company announces they’ll keep their corporate headquarters in the Glass City: Toledo, OH.