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  • Industrial Glass | Gillinder Glass

    INDUSTRIAL LIGHTING Gillinder Glass supplies the Industrial marketplace with a broad variety of glass products manufactured to the most rigid specifications to meet the tough demands of the industrial work environment. Many of our glass components are available to everyone as open mold, off-the-shelf items. We also produce a myriad of proprietary items in this range for specific customer requirements and use. ​ Typical applications for these products include: Glass to meet Vapor Proof Requirements Glass Domes and Lenses for Signal Lighting Tempered Glass Products for Harsh Environments Mining Glass covers for Hazardous Locations Glass Indicator Light Covers Glass Lenses and Covers for Refinery Lighting Manufacturing & Warehouse Lighting Power Station Lighting Utility Meter Covers Hazard/Warning Lighting Bridge & Tunnel Lighting Explosion Resistant Glass Covers and Domes Flameproof Glass Products Security Lighting Industrial Sight Glass & Sight Gauges Glass used for Marine & Railway Signaling Gillinder Glass employs a number of proprietary techniques to create DOD, UL 844 and UL 595 compliant industrial grade fixtures using: Heat Treating for Increased Strength Tempering for Enhanced Impact Resistance Multiple Heat Treatments to Perfect Color Tempering for Increased Endurance to Thermal Shock Finishing Operations for Masks and Skid Resistance Advance Quality Control Procedures Adherence to Tight Tolerances Scientifically Designed Prisms for Controlled Light Distribution BACK TO APPLICATIONS INDUSTRIAL STOCK CATALOG

  • Architectural & Commercial | Gillinder Glass

    COMMERCIAL & ARCHITECTURAL Gillinder Glass provides solutions for specified projects requiring distinctive custom illumination. Gillinder Glass has the capability to engineer and help design your molded glass components, fabricate the molds and tooling in house, and manufacture to quality standards above those generally expected by the architectural community. Gillinder Glass has been the material of choice for decades as discerning designers strive for the optimum solution to showcase architectural projects with the best illumination available. Regardless of the light source, (incandescent, fluorescent, HID or LED) glass is unsurpassed in beauty, durability, and functionality. Typical applications include: Entryways Incandescent Diffusion Optics Street Lighting Stairways Decorative Colored Components Parking Structures Hallways Decorative Exterior Components Decorative External Lighting Gillinder Glass shapes and styles most frequently included in architectural plans include: PAR Lenses Plano Convex Lenses Decorative Trims Fresnels Concave Lenses Flat Covers Prismatic Pattern Lenses Refractors for Wallpacks BACK TO APPLICATIONS

  • History | Gillinder Glass

    OUR HISTORY From our beginning in 1861, when the firm produced "Plain, Moulded & Cut Flint Glass Ware in all its Varieties," to today's products “Engineered for Tomorrow’s Technology,” Gillinder Glass has produced custom glassware known for its quality, durability, color, and clarity. When the Company began manufacturing glass chimneys and chemical glassware, we could not have known what the advent of electric lighting would do for our business. Today, our products are incorporated into the best lighting products in the world. Throughout it all, one thing has remained constant; Gillinder's committed to making the Company the leader in the development and production of specialty glass and custom molded components designed to enhance and protect the technology of our customers. During the American Centennial year of 1876, the Gillinder built an exhibition glass factory on Philadelphia's Centennial fairgrounds. Visitors could see huge glass melting pots as well as the actual production of glass Centennial souvenirs. The factory was a tremendous success and one of the exhibition's most popular attractions. Today, examples of Gillinder glass can be found in numerous collections, private and public, including those at the Museum of American Glass, the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The firm also recreated historic lighting glassware for the Library of Congress. In 1912, Gillinder Glass moved to Port Jervis, New York, and continued to evolve as one of the premier manufacturers of specially developed glass products for the developing electric light industry. Gillinder is now in its third century of providing high quality glass products with friendly service, growing from a single-focus local business to a world leader of pressed glass in multiple markets. This winning policy is evident today as Gillinder Glass continues manufacturing to the highest industry standards. Components for lighting and other applications are provided to many domestic and international market segments including airfields, aerospace and defense, architectural, commercial, industrial, landscape, theatrical, and transportation. Each product is backed with over 150 years of quality and know-how. Gillinder Glass has been in the same building in Port Jervis since 1921. Upon entering the historic facade is a modern company whose roots are deep but whose sights are set on a bright future. While 21st century technology, (from state-of-the-art mixing and tempering facilities, to computer-aided presses, to our on-site mold making facility) defines our facility's infrastructure, it is our experienced staff that is the root of the high quality glass products and engineered solutions we offer today. We welcome the opportunity to serve you today and in the years to come. Gillinder Stories Recently a local historian reached out to us after coming across an old Gillinder desk lamp that belonged to her father. Lauren said her father had a habit of choosing “significant” items to store away. Gillinder started to manufacture these blown cased shades as well as other cased shades in the mid to late 70s. Cased glass is composed of two layers of different colored glass, with the inside generally a dense opal. The dense opal was gathered first, then the core ball was blown, then it was covered with the second color, a green or amber hue. Gillinder continued to make these into the mid 80s. This photo was sent to us from Ken when he came across his great grandfather, George Schauer’s, employee badge and this commemorative Gillinder box. George’s badge was issued in the 1930's and the bicentennial commemorative box was issued in 1976. ​ The factory updated the box's design in the 1990’s (removing the dates from the sides) and sold them in the Gillinder store for many years. ​ Gillinder has some of the 1990's boxed for sale on our Etsy site for purchase, which can be viewed: HERE .

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  • Vapor Proof Globes

    Gillinder Glass produces a broad variety of glass products manufactured to the most rigid specifications to meet the tough demands of industrial work environment and harsh and hazardous conditions. Depending on the use, hazardous conditions may require glass to be abrasion resistant, thermal shock resistant, liquid resistant, impact resistant, vapor or dust resistant, or explosion resistance to avoid shattering from an internal explosion, particularly important in environments with combustible fumes. Vapor proof glass resists the influx of vapors and gas particles and is generally also liquid resistant. Gillinder Glass is a key supplier in the harsh and hazardous industries with products intended for environments needing vapor tight globes and fixtures with a corrosion and vapor proof aluminum cage. There are several types of vapor proof and waterproof ratings, including IP65, IP66, and IP67, which measure a products water resistance. An IP rating is composed of two numbers. The first number describing the products intrusion protection, or how much it withstands particles entering, which is based on a 0-6 scale. The second number measures the resistance to liquid on a 0-9 scale. These vapor proof globes also offer intrusion protection which is calculated using a system to rate safeguard against dust, particles, or solid objects of certain sizes. These are to ensure any ingress will not damage or impede the performance of internal components with full protection against dust and other particulates, including a vacuum seal, tested against continuous airflow. Gillinder Glass’ clear or colored tempered vapor proof glass is often used for ceiling, pendant, or wall mounted fixtures. A tempered soda-lime glass is generally used and can be produced with multiple finishes in a variety of colors. These “jelly jar” globes are also offered on and include the following open stock options: Gillinder can also manufacture custom sizes, colors, and finishes, such as white enamel (inside), sandblasting, plastic coating, smooth, and inside ribs. Common colors include: amber, aviation blue, opolo, red C, rs green, and traffic green. The chromaticity specifications, measured with CIE A, are as follows: Gillinder’s in-house engineering team precisely test vapor proof glass to confirm chromaticity requirements as well as performing impact and thermal shock resistance tests when needed. As these globes are often used for harsh outdoor locations waterproof requirements also may apply. --- Press Contact: Jackie Conklin- Marketing Specialist: For other inquiries, please call us at 845-856-5375 or email References: “The Comprehensive Guide to IP Ratings.” The Comprehensive Guide To IP Ratings | RS Components,

  • See You at LightFair 2022

    Join Gillinder Glass at the 2022 LightFair Conference and Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, which is being held at the West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, one of the largest event facilities in the world. The recently renovated Las Vegas Convention Center now features an underground transportation system, the LVCC Loop, making traveling around the vast convention center more efficient. The Las Vegas Monorail travels the Vegas strip in about fifteen minutes. You can purchase tickets here. Annually held, LightFair is the largest architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference. Discover the latest lighting design products and solutions for future projects. With 46 sessions, the 2022 LightFair Conference will feature five learning tracks, offering a total of 132 CEU credits. Art and Inspiration- explores sources of inspiration that inform design and technology development Design Guidance and Tools- covers the latest energy and building code changes, new design metrics, design and measurement tools, controls and more Evidence-Based Design- focuses on end-user data and techniques used to achieve specific design goal Experiencing Light- explores the influence of light on the human experience and natural ecosystems Technology- explores the newest design tools and software, lighting controls, IoT lighting, 3D print technology and more Gillinder will demonstrate a variety of glass products from industries it supplies to including industrial, architecture, landscape, marine, and custom products. Industrial products that will be on display include sight glass, vapor proof glass, and globes, Architecture products will include Fresnel lenses and refractors for wallpacks. Commercial and residential landscape products including globes, domes, and covers used for pool, spa, walkway, and spot/flood lighting will also be on display. Gillinder Glass will also be presenting new manufacturing capabilities including the addition of a new CNC milling machine to their mold shop. To assist in production efficiencies and meeting customer demand and expectations, Gillinder is advancing its technology with implementing automated equipment in current production processes. Gillinder welcomes its partners Stumpe Glas and IQS NANOPTIQS to LightFair this year with expansion into new product categories. You can visit Gillinder Glass at booth 1616 and find out about the nearly 300 exhibitors here. CONFERENCE DATES: Sunday Jun 19- Thursday Jun 23 TRADE SHOW DATES: Tuesday Jun 21- Thursday Jun 23 --- Press Contact: Jackie Conklin- Marketing Specialist: For other inquiries, please call us at 845-856-5375 or email at

  • Mold Making- the Cornerstone of Pressed Glass

    In 1865 Gillinder Glass was established, and they opened a glass pressing factory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This was only forty years after John P. Bakewell invented the first commercial glass-pressing machine. Blackwell’s invention “quickly led to the mass production of glassware and greatly reduced its cost, leading to glassware being available for everyday use.* Today, Gillinder Glass still hand presses every piece of glass they manufacture. Advances in technology and greater customer demand has allowed Gillinder to start utilizing automated equipment for glass pressing and maximizing efficiencies. Glass pieces are generally made by pouring the molten glass into a mold and having a “plunger” pressed into the iron base. Almost all Gillinder’s molds are made from ductile iron, but some may require an A-2 tool steel or stainless steel may be used. Today, as an ISO 9001:2015 certified company, Gillinder’s Port Jervis factory is held to high standards of manufacturing quality and the in-house mold shop is no exception. Gillinder’s mold shop can collaborate with customers in designing new custom molds or refurbishing existing ones. Gillinder Glass has the capability to manufacture with customer’s existing hand pressed molds. Machine pressed molds can be used by making adjustments to be compatible with current equipment. Mold Shop supervisor, Lewis Still, explains, “Molds that run constantly usually need nothing more than a simple polishing, but sometimes they do need repair work. Average life span on mold equipment is about 5 years. After that, the tooling will start to develop what we call “fire cracks” which are stress fractures in the material from constantly being hot and cold.” Molds are housed in a special atmospherically controlled storage area and maintained in pristine condition after each use to ensure consistent production of the highest quality glass. Gillinder also has the ability to do prototyping and programing. In addition to working with almost all current software systems, the mold shop is equipped with: · Fadal Computer Controlled Vertical Milling Center 3016L · Computer Controlled Bridgeport Horizontal Lathe · Bridgeport Series 2 Vertical Milling Machine · LeBlond Horizontal Lathe · TUR 63 Lathe · Welding and Braising Shop (including gas spray welding) Gillinder has created molds for an array of products including headlights, traffic lights, dog food bowls, kitchenware, and even dental cuspidors. In the Spring of 2022, to further expand the Mold Shop’s capabilities, Gillinder is acquiring an additional CNC milling machine. The CNC milling machine precisely cuts molds from various design software to meet customer’s expectations in design and specification. To find out more about Gillinder's mold shop contact: Call (845) 856- 5375 or email --- Press Contact: Jackie Conklin- Marketing Specialist: For other inquiries, please call us at 845-856-5375 or email at

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