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The story of building a glass network


Stoelzle looks back on more than 200 years of experience in the art of making glass. The first Stoelzle glassworks was found in Austria in 1805 and became the basis of today’s Stoelzle Glass Group in 1987. Since then the Group has been constantly expanded in order to become a global glass network comprising 6 producition sites, 4 decoration facilities and several sales companies.

How Stoelzle became a global player

In 1805 the first Stoelzle glassworks was found in Austria. In 1987 it was acquired by Dr. Cornelius Grupp and became the basis of today’s Stoelzle Glass Group. Over the years 4 European Glass plants and finally 1 plant in the USA were bought to be integrated in this Group. Today, Stoelzle Glass Group is still privately owned and consists of 6 production sites, 4 decoration facilities and several sales offices worldwide.

Historic picture showing the glass factory Stoelzle Oberglas formerly Glashuette Oberdorf
1805 Karl Smola founds the Oberdorf glassworks in Bärnbach on 15th June.
1848 The Oberdorf glassworks become „k.u.k.“ glassworks.
1867 Stoelzle manufacturing consists of seven glass factories in Austria, Bohemia and Hungary.
1871 Establishment of glass factory in Köflach.
1978 Stoelzle Glasindustrie AG and Oberglas Glashütten AG merge and become Stoelzle Oberglas AG.
1987 Stoelzle Oberglas AG is taken over by Dr. Cornelius Grupp (CAG-Holding).
1992 Acquisition of Stoelzle Union s.r.o.
1994 Acquisition of Stoelzle Flaconnage Ltd.
2001 Acquisition of Stoelzle Częstochowa Sp. z o.o.
2006 Production capacity at Stoelzle Oberglas extended to 3 lines.
2009 Stoelzle Union totally destroyed by fire on Christmas Eve; Inauguration in 2010 after rebuild within 7 months.
2010 Facelift of Stoelzle Flaconnage (new Customer Center, major investments in production and decoration).
2010 Foundation of the Sales companies Stoelzle Glass USA Inc, Stoelzle France SAS and Stoelzle Glass LLC.
2011 Implementation of a 2nd white flint furnace in Stoelzle Częstochowa & major investments in production and decoration.
2013 Acquisition of Stoelzle Masnières Parfumerie SAS and Stoelzle Masnières Parfumerie Décoration SAS, France.
2014 Acquisition of Stoelzle Wymiarki Sp. z o.o., Poland; Rebuilding and finally restart in July 2015.
2014 Rebuild and extension of furnace 4 at Stoelzle Oberglas and furnace 1 at Stoelzle Częstochowa.
2015 French Stoelzle sites were renamed Stoelzle Masnières Parfumerie SAS & Stoelzle Masnières Parfumerie Decoration SAS.
2015 Extension of decoration and rework area at Stoelzle Częstochowa.
2016 Expansion of Stoelzle Oberglas by an impressive glass annex; Construction of a new white flint furnace in Stoelzle Flaconnage.
2018 Creation of a unique training center for Glass Experts at Stoelzle Oberglas; Inauguration of the Stoelzle Bed+Breakfast, embedded in a holistic concept including Glass Museum and the former mouthblowing factory in Bärnbach.
2019 Installation of an additional (11th) production line at Stoelzle Oberglas GmbH; Renaming of all Stoelzle sites in the interest of consistent spelling (Stoelzle).
2020 Furnace rebuild at Stoelzle Masnières Parfumerie. Increase of production capacity and addition of 5th line.
2021 Acquisition of Stoelzle Glass USA, Inc, Pennsylvania,  as the very first Stoelzle production site in the USA.

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