My next stop in West Virginia was right down the street from Marble King in Paden City, West Virginia. I’ll admit, this visit was a complete fluke. When the owner of Marble King was showing me around the yard where they store all of the scrap glass they use in production they had piles of beautiful stained glass. I asked her where they get it from and she responded “Oh, they’re a block away. Want me to call them and see if you can take pictures there?”
And so I ended up at the The Paul Wissmach Glass Company. Founded in 1904, its been in its current facility since 1927, when the original plant burned down. It has to be one of the most interesting factories that I’ve visited so far. It’s an extremely hands on process. Teams of workers move giant ladles around on metal carts to furnaces that run at around 2500 Fahrenheit where they scoop the molten glass out and bring to a table where its fed into rollers that form the plates.