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Phoenix Closures

Midwest

phoenix closures' technical
services group helps
customers maximize their
capping line operations.

Company Evolution
Phoenix Closures dates its history to
1890, when John S. Giles, a Civil War
veteran and lawyer, founded Safe Glass
Co. in Bowling Green, Ohio. The company manufactured handmade glass
jars for fruit packers and patented a
number of designs.
The glass jars were, however, difficult
to seal. The most common closure at the
time, a cork stopper, was insufficient for
processed food packers. Safe Glass Co.
would soon begin marketing the "band
cap," a closure shown during the 1893
Chicago World's Fair. The wide acceptance of the cap led the company to become a cap manufacturer, it notes.
Safe Glass Co. in 1905 merged with
the J.A. Landsberger Co., a San Fran-

cisco-based metal cap manufacturer, to
form the Hermetic Closure Co. Soon
afterward, it discontinued glass making
and moved operations to Chicago.
Hermetic Closure Co. merged with
the Phoenix Cap Co. of New York in
1911, forming the Phoenix-Hermetic
Co. Phoenix-Hermetic was a pioneer in
closure design, capping machinery, cap
sealing, metal forming and lithography.
The company's innovations included the
development of the modern continuous
thread cap in 1922.
In an effort to better describe the
business, the company changed its
name in 1932 to The Phoenix Metal
Cap Company.
The company produced its first plastic caps in 1939, however, production of

the compression-molded caps was limited because of resin costs and wartime
resin restrictions. In 1959, the company
purchased its first injection molding
machine. Demand for thermoplastic
caps was so great that the company
opened a dedicated injection molding
facility in Naperville, a Chicago suburb,
in 1965.
The following year, the company
changed its name to Phoenix Closures
to reflect its new focus on thermoplastics. The fifth addition to the facility was
in 1986. The company today is in its sixth
generation of family management and
ownership. "We continue to strive to
provide our customers with innovative
and cost-effective products to guarantee
market penetration," it says. mt

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