Glas-Col is the world`s leading manufacturer of laboratory products and industrial heating and mixing technology. The combination of modern facilities, and highly trained personnel, keep Glas-Col on the leading edge of technology for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, semiconductor, industrial, and the research & development industry. Ongoing product development, using state-of-the-art manufacturing concepts and materials, is one of the key ingredients to Glas-Col`s continued success in meeting our client`s application requirements. With over 75 years of experience Glas-Col is also capable of meeting the needs of researchers and scientists. Our laboratory equipment and industrial products are backed by our excellent service, support and technical know how. Glas-Col is an ISO certified company and has maintained this certification for over fifteen straight years.
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Our goal is to provide quality laboratory equipment, safety accessories and industrial products which will provide you, the customer, repeatable, reliable, results. Our industry specific memberships include the Laboratory Products Association (LPA), Semiconductor Equipment and Material International (SEMI), National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and Indiana Manufacturers Association (IMA).
Glas-Col’s goal is to be a worldwide leader in the field of laboratory products and industrial heating and mixing equipment. We want to be recognized in our industry as a leader in quality, reliability, and flexibility.
We believe we can achieve our goal by offering the highest quality products with the highest level of customer support. We will strive to provide products that are safe, efficient, reliable, and of the highest quality. We will support our products with customer service which is timely, accurate, and fair.
Glas-Col's mission is to be the best at what we do. We are committed to designing and manufacturing products, and providing services, that result in customer satisfaction beyond expectations. We will continue to be a worldwide leader in science and industry.
It is our policy that our efforts result in a product and/or service that conforms to specifications and requirements in every aspect. We will demonstrate commitments to our customers and employees by complying with a management system and by improvement of the technical and managerial process that undergird the system.
The Story behind Dr. Glen H. Morey and Glas-Col
Fires ordinarily destroy businesses. But in the case of Glas-Col, fire sparked an idea that built one new company and brought great benefits to countless others. In 1939 Glas-Col's future founder, Dr. Glen H. Morey, was a research chemist at Commercial Solvents Corporation in Terre Haute, IN. There as in most chemical laboratories, open flame gas burners and electric glow coils were commonly used to heat oil, sand, molten metal, and water baths.
A sudden fire burst out in the Commercial Solvents lab when a gas burner heating an oil bath ignited vapors from a shattered flask of acetone dropped several feet away. Dr. Morey was injured in that fire, and it convinced him lab workers needed a new method for heating flasks--one that would eliminate the hazard of open flame burners and electric heaters with exposed coils.
Working in their spare time, Dr. Morey and his wife Ruth developed a heating device with electric resistance wires woven into a fiberglass cloth shealth. The Moreys called their new invention a 'heating mantle' because it could completely envelope a laboratory flask, just as the earth's mantle completely encloses the planet's core.
Dr. Morey tested the heating mantle rigorously. He poured highly flammable solvents directly on hot mantles while they were being used to distill liquids from glass flasks. After he was unable to start a fire under any of his own test conditions, he submitted the heating mantle to other research chemists for their evaluation. Test after test proved the heating mantle dependable and non-flammable.
On October 24, 1939, the first purchase order for the heating mantle was sent from the Columbia Chemical Division, Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company of Barberton, Ohio. Two months later, on December 13, the Morey's formed Glas-Col Apparatus Company to manufacture their new product. At the time Dr. Morey believed demand for the heating mantle would be rather limited and estimated total market saturation at about 25 thousand units. Being a good glass blower, he decided to market glass fractionating columns to supplement the company product line. The name Glas-Col is short for glass columns.
But Glas-Col never manufactured a single glass column. Orders for heating mantles poured in. Not only did companies request mantles for spherical distillation flasks, but they also wanted mantles to accommodate glass beakers, steel beakers, funnels, evaporating dishes and many other common laboratory vessels. Some companies banished open flames entirely from their labs and bought heating mantles even for test tubes. Dr. Morey's original heating mantle design was issued patent #2231506 on February 11, 1941.
The significance of the Moreys' invention was nationally recognized in 1951 during the American Chemical Society's Diamond Jubilee. On that occasion the United States government issued a commemorative stamp which pictured the distinctive Glas-Col heating mantle covering the bottom of a flask attached to a laboratory distilling apparatus. The smoke billowing from the towers of a chemical process plant pictured on the stamp was in that era considered a sign of prosperity and economic vitality.
Although the ACS commemorative stamp remains a proud success symbol in the history of our first 40 years, we're equally proud of our humble beginnings in the back room of Dr. and Mrs. Morey's apartment. We believe our roots reinforce the uniquely American conviction that a good idea, backed with hard work and a desire to be the best, will prevail in the marketplace.
We at Glas-Col pledge to carry on our founders' original dedication to providing the most durable, safe, and reliable laboratory heating apparatus available.