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Irving Wightman Colburn

Irving Wightman Colburn
Born 16 May 1861
Fitchburg, Mass
Died 4 September 1917
Lucas County, Oh
Resting place Woodlawn Cemetery-Toledo, Oh
Nationality American
Occupation inventor and manufacturer
Known for glass
Spouse(s) Ida E. Colburn
Children None

Irving Wightman Colburn (16 May 1861 – 4 September 1917) was an American inventor and manufacturer.

Colburn developed a process for the production of continuous flat glass disks which made the mass production for window panes possible. Colburn began his experiments in 1899. In one patent for a machine to produce flat glass on 25 March 1902. He created the Colburn Machine Glass Co. in August 1906. In 1908 he installed two machines, before the technology had developed, and in 1911 he became bankrupt. Toledo Glass Company bought Colburn's patents in 1912. He then improved the process with Toledo Glass, and its first successful result occurred on 25 November 1913. The company then became the Libbey-Owens Sheet Glass company in 1916.


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