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Client Stories; The history of Black Country glass making – Howells Patent Glazing

Our wonderful, and most loyal clients, Howells Patent Glazing, have been with PReach PR for over four years now, and we have learned so much from their family run business.

Here’s their latest story,’Black Country pride; Howells Patent Glazing delve into the history of Black Country glassmaking’. See the links at the bottom of this article for the coverage we secured!

Cradley Heath based manufacturing firm, Howells Patent Glazing are one of the UK’s leading glassmakers whose roots are firmly set in the heart of the Black Country.  To celebrate their 41st year in business the company has decided to take a look back into the history of glassmaking and manufacturing in the Midlands.

Black Country Glass; The Crystal Palace original glasswork

Black Country Glass was used in the original Crystal Palace!

The Black Country is an area in the West Midlands generally agreed to include Dudley, Wolverhampton, Sandwell and Walsall. However, there’s more to the Black Country than just the distinctive ‘Marmite’ accent. Industry roots date back to around the 17th century, coinciding with the discovery of an abundance of coal, iron ore and clay, making it an ideal location for the birth of industry. In the 1960’s, the Black Country was described as the best area for glassmaking in the country.

Tracey Jackson, marketing manager at Howells Patent Glazing said, “The Black Country has once again become an industry hive for most areas of manufacturing. There are so many skilled people around here, who aren’t afraid of a little hard work, who make Midlands businesses so strong. We’re proud of who we are, and where we are from. Our family run firm has been based in Cradley Heath for over 40 years, and its heritage is important to us – it’s been really interesting to look into our industrial past”.

With such rich history in manufacturing and glassmaking, it’s no surprise that the Black Country inspired the fabrication of systems, which hold and support architectural glass – something that Howells Patent Glazing are renowned for producing. Long after the closure of the mines and the shutdown of steel mills and foundries, industry still thrives throughout the West Midlands, albeit on a smaller scale. Whilst Howells Glazing may not have been founded four centuries ago, the family team behind the business remain proud to have been born and raised in the Black Country and are looking forward to another 40 successful years in business.


See the whole thing at Midlands Business News : http://www.midlandsbusinessnews.co.uk/howells-patent-glazing-delve-history-black-country-glass-making/


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