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Reinemann, Martin W.||Winters, Harold A.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Earth Science


Glass manufacture--Illinois


The State of Illinois is the leading producer of glass sand in the United states and ranks fifth in the production of flat glass. This study is an analysis of those factors that have affected the location of flat glass plants within the State with particular attention given to silica sand, natural gas, and markets. Because the flat glass industry is not widely publicized, chapters on the history of the industry and the manufacturing processes have been included. Since written material about the flat glass industry is not readily available, the information used in this study was collected through personal interviews and correspondence with people in the industry. Whenever available, federal and state information was compared with that gathered directly before it was committed to description, analysis, and interpretation. This study indicates that the character and availability of silica sand deposits are the primary reasons for the location of Illinois glass plants. Transportation costs, as they are related to market, and the finished products, and fuel costs are not as significant to the location of Illinois glass establishments as they are to the location of glass plants elsewhere in the United States.


Includes bibliographical references.||Includes illustration and maps.


vi, 52 pages




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