The Norton Company, Worcester, MA.- Now Owned By Saint Gobain

In 1858 Franklin B. Norton and his older cousin Frederick Hancock left
Bennington, Vermont, and opened a pottery shop at Washington Square in
Worcester. When they had to move in 1866 because of railroad-related
construction, they relocated to Water Street. At first they made only redware
pottery, but soon added stoneware to their production. They supplied Worcester
and surrounding towns with an incredible variety of jugs, preserve jars, storage
and cooking pots, pitchers, spittoons, beer bottles and water kegs.

Today Norton is the largest manufacturer of abrasives
in the world, and it has also expanded into other fields. Their production
divides into three groups: abrasives, engineering materials, and petroleum and
mining. After more than a century of local ownership, the company was purchased
in 1990 by Compagnie de Saint-Gobain of France. Norton Company remains a
significant presence in Worcester.

-Source : www.worcesterhistory.org

Norton abrasive products are still found at Home Depot, Lowes, etc. Saint Gobain manufactured glass can be found on cars such as Volvo’s. Many of Norton’s buildings, smokestacks, signage, etc has been rebranded with Saint Gobain logos. There are a few remnants, and the brand lives on. The facility, while not especially a great photographic subject, has always fascinated me as a Worcester landmark. A couple of shots from last month- Tri-X, and D-76-

Crossing The Railroad Tracks To Enter The Facility

Crossing The Railroad Tracks To Enter The Facility

Pipes And Fences Surround The Old Buildings, Ugly But Still Working And Profitable

Pipes And Fences Surround The Old Buildings- Ugly, But Still Working And Profitable

PS- do they still manufacture beer bottles and spittoons? Doubtful.

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2 thoughts on “The Norton Company, Worcester, MA.- Now Owned By Saint Gobain

  1. I am trying to research an attributed F. B. Norton stoneware jug with a Pheasant decoration. It does not have an impressed Norton mark, but does have Seth E. Pecker, 9 Elm Street, Boston. “Seth” was a Liquor Merchant and Distiller, not a Potter. Several dealers have thought it could be J&E Norton of Bennington, or FB Norton. The jug is CA 1860, and II imagine the prospect of finding such a production list would be like looking for a needle in a haystack, but if you don’t ask, you never get an answer. I shortened his name to simply Seth as his unfortunate last name brought up a lot of offensive hits, but any information you may share would be greatly appreciated. Regards, Joanne Conti

    • I own a 5 gal crock with a blue pheasant. It is impressed “White & Wood, Binghampton, NY”. It is the only crock I have seen with a cobalt pheasant. I don’t know if this helps. I doubt that your’s would be Norton, Worcester. I have collected Frank Norton stoneware for many years and have never seen a pheasant.
      Jerry

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