Our Heritage

Plowden & Thompson is now one of the country’s most forward thinking glass making factories with the ability to manufacture glass products to customers specifications and with a precision that allows the production of, amongst other things, glass capillary tubing down to 0.190mm diameter (almost the width of a human hair).
Making for the radiation, nuclear, aviation, automotive, rail and many other industries the company has the ability to produce many diverse products that appeal to industry wanting to have their source close at hand. Being located in central England, Stourbridge is probably only about 2 hours away from most major hubs in the UK.
The factory site known as the Dial Glass Works, built in 1788, has had several changes of ownership over the years but to this day remains one of the outstanding beacons of the local glass making industry and the last one to still make glass traditionally in the original glass making cone.

Today Plowden & Thompson still operates multiple furnaces within the cone and has the ability to make mouth blown, cast, hot pressed and drawn products in a variety of glass types and mixes.

In 2012 the company was purchased by E T Enterprises, a subsidiary of Ludlum Measurements in Texas and since that time has benefited from inward investment to ensure its facilities can cope with the future needs of industry.