KOG Expands Glass Tours & Celebrates 125 Years in Kokomo

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory

Producing art glass in Kokomo since 1888, Kokomo Opalescent Glass Company (KOG) celebrates 125 years in business this year.  And if you have not taken the tour, now is the time!  Recently expanded, public factory tours are now offered five days a week – Monday through Friday at 10:00 a.m.

Their fascinating tour takes you through the glass-making process, including production, packaging and shipping, along with unique glimpses into the Hot Glass Studio (where beautiful custom glass pieces are blown, pressed, and hand cast), stained glass restoration, and special project areas.  Call (765) 457-1829 to schedule group tours.  When planning your visit, please note that no open toe shoes, sandals, or flip flops are permitted in the factory.

For more information on glass production in Kokomo or to shop online, visit www.kog.com.

KOG Hot Glass Studio

KOG Hot Glass Studio

Feather vases made at Kokomo Opalescent Glass

Feather vases made at Kokomo Opalescent Glass

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Sale

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Company has been making glass in its original location since 1888.

The OP Shop (Kokomo Opalescent Glass Company’s retail shop) announces their Annual Fall Sale on September 17-22, 2012.  Receive 20% off all sheet glass & supplies!  Located at 1310 South Market Street in Kokomo, the OP Shop is open Monday-Friday 9am – 5pm and Saturday 9am-1pm.  Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory tours are also given Tuesday-Friday mornings at 10:00am.  Don’t miss this must-see glass attraction and America’s oldest art glass company!  For more information on the sale or factory tours, call 765-457-1829 or visit their website at www.kog.com.

Explore Autos and Art Glass in Kokomo

Travel to Kokomo, Indiana to discover art glass, automobiles, and delicious culinary experiences.  Whether you are traveling with family, friends, or a group, you won’t want to miss these must-see attractions!

Watch how glass is made at the Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Company (KOG) has been producing art glass in its original Kokomo location since 1888.  They are America’s oldest art glass company and were voted Best Factory Tour – Indiana 2011.  Located at 1310 South Market Street, public factory tours are offered Tuesday through Friday at 10:00am.  Even if you are not a glass enthusiast, I guarantee you will enjoy this fascinating tour!  Watch as skilled ladlers quickly scoop molten glass from the furnace and carefully mix the glass to the exact color and texture desired.  Over 22,000 variations of sheet glass are produced in their facility.  The sheet glass produced in Kokomo is shipped all over the world and used by glass artisans for stained glass windows and custom projects.

Beautiful feather vases made at the KOG Hot Glass Studio

The tour also includes a trip through the KOG Hot Glass Studio.  Watch as expert artists use Kokomo glass to create unique blown, pressed, and hand-cast glass items.  Most blown glass art items are available to purchase in the OP Shop, including suncatchers, stunning bowls and vases, perfume bottles, jewelry, beads, and other beautiful items.  Call 765-457-1829 for information or shop online at www.kog.com.

Kokomo has a rich history of automotive heritage and industry, starting with America’s First Car, developed in 1894 by Kokomo resident Elwood Haynes.  Visitors can see a 1905 Haynes automobile at the Elwood Haynes Museum and explore his former residence, now filled with exhibits chronicling his life as an inventor and the auto industry in Kokomo.  The Elwood Haynes Museum is located at 1915 South Webster Street and can be contacted at 765-456-7500.

Then, visit the Kokomo Automotive Museum.  Over 100 antique and classic automobiles, including several made in Kokomo, will take you on a wonderful trip through the past.  Exhibits include a replica of America’s First Car built by Elwood Haynes and a 1950’s diner, along with many other auto-related memorabilia.  All ages will enjoy this wonderful collection located at 1500 North Reed Road (U.S. 31.)  For more information, call 765-454-9999.

View over 100 cool cars at the Kokomo Automotive Museum

Enjoy a King Tenderloin at Ray’s Drive In — both Ray’s and Artie’s Tenderloin in Kokomo are located on the Indiana Tenderloin Trail

While in Kokomo, enjoy a delicious meal or tasty treat at one of our local eateries.  From hand-breaded tenderloins to old-fashioned ice cream sodas, Kokomo cuisine can be found on 9 different Indiana Culinary Trails.  Visit a local brewery, drive-in, bakery, or locally-owned family dining restaurant for great food only found in Kokomo.  Visit www.IndianaFoodways.com for more on Indiana’s Culinary Trails.

For more information on Kokomo or to plan your next visit, call 800-837-0971, go to www.VisitKokomo.org or download the new Visit Kokomo Mobile App on your Apple or Android smartphone.  Plan your next getaway in Kokomo for an adventure filled with autos and art glass!

Made in Kokomo

Homegrown sophistication is one of Kokomo’s greatest assets. From the Hand Sewn Leather by Robert Jones to the AndyMark robotics enterprise…Kokomo is producing. Local ingenuity can be as intricate as the artistic design of an individual leather knife sheath or as multifaceted as an internationally-sold component for mobility robotics. Yet each item made in our great city can boast the same genuineness, “MADE IN KOKOMO”.

Kokomo Opalescent Glass (KOG) has fashioned glass locally since 1888. Visitors can take a tour (and be fascinated by the glass process)…or, they can take a fancy (to a product to purchase it)…or, they can take a class (to learn “how to” skills)! KOG has a long history of products that were “MADE IN KOKOMO”.

Richard and Linda Taylor at Bowden Flowers employ the slogan “Taylored for Every Occasion”. They are locally creating everything floral from original bouquets for DIY (“Do It Yourself”) brides to customized home decorating items. And, they are proudly continuing the legacy: “MADE IN KOKOMO”.

Syndicate Sales produces plastic molded items for floral use. Everything they make is sold to wholesalers elsewhere. And, yet everything they make is “MADE IN KOKOMO”.

Kling’s Computers understands the importance of this distinction, too, as they supply Kokomo with custom computer units. Likewise, Abney Denzil Masonry constructs custom fireplaces and Morrow Construction builds custom home additions. These are one-of-a-kind entities that are “MADE IN KOKOMO”.

Catering businesses such as the Windmill Grill  and Mike’s Italian Grill can claim the same Kokomo pride for their fare. So can establishments such as J. Edwards Chocolates, Moore’s Pie Shop, and Big Ben Coffee Company. And, yet, on the other end of the spectrum, there is specialty artwork at Host Design, one of Kokomo’s art venues.

So, as you can see, one does not have to travel far in the City of Firsts to find all kinds of treasures that have been “MADE IN KOKOMO”.

“Post and images are by Linda Burris and appeared originally on Splash ! Kokomo at www.splashkokomo.com, copyright 2011.”

Indiana Glass Trail Proving Successful

May 5, 2011

For Immediate Release

 Contact:              Peggy Hobson
                             Kokomo Visitors Bureau
                             765-457-6802 or 800-837-0971

                             The Indiana Glass Trail Proving Successful

Interest in The Indiana Glass Trail has grown quickly since the website was launched in February 2010.  To date, 10,330 brochures promoting The Indiana Glass Trail have been distributed. Glass Trail information posted on the Visit Indiana website has received 3,458 hits in the 15 months that it has been on the State site.  This is more than any other brochure ad on the site received in this time period.  In addition, 73% of the visitors exiting the Visit Indiana website linked on to another tourism site directly from the Glass Trail Trip Idea page, driving the visitors to related sites.

In 2009 five Indiana Visitor Bureaus joined forces to form the trail which includes Anderson, Muncie, Kokomo, Hamilton County, and Columbus. The Visitor Bureau partners received a matching grant from Indiana Artisan and Indiana Office of Tourism Development to start the project.  The Indiana Glass Trail came to life in 2010 after the website (www.IndianaGlassTrail.com) and promotional efforts were launched. The mission of the trail is to drive business to glass artisans along the route extending through each county by promoting the work of glass artists, factories, schools, galleries, festivals, and museums.

Beautiful Glass Jewelry by Kokomo Glass Artist Tonya Glenn

The Indiana Glass Trail joined nearly 200 other exhibitors at the Indiana Artisan Marketplace held April 16 and 17 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.  Nearly 5,000 people attended.  Cindy Frey, Associate Director of the Columbus Area Visitor Center, who worked at the Indiana Glass Trail booth at the Marketplace stated, “The exposure we received at the Marketplace was tremendous.  We were kept very busy talking to people and answering their questions about the trail and the glass artists and venues we represent.” 

“We knew The Glass Trail would attract people to it when we were talking about forming the partnership,” states Peggy Hobson, Executive Director of the Kokomo Visitors Bureau and administrator of the Glass Trail.  “But we had no idea that it would generate as much attention as it has this quickly.”

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory Tour

Hobson continued, “We are now seeing an increase in visitation to the sites on the trail.  Kokomo Opalescent Glass has increased their plant tour schedule from two days to four days to keep up with the demand.”  During the first four months of 2010 Kokomo Opalescent Glass had 574 people tour their facility.  In the same time period in 2011, 1,052 people have taken the tour.  John O’Donnell, CEO of Kokomo Opalescent Glass, says, “Tours mean additional revenue which we are also seeing.”


 Kokomo-Howard County Visitors Bureau
325 N. Main Street, Kokomo, IN 46901
800-837-0971 or 765-457-6802
www.visitkokomo.org  email: information@visitkokomo.org


Travel Along the Indiana Glass Trail

The Indiana Glass Trail was launched in 2010 and is a showcase for talented Hoosier artisans and glass blowers who create magic with glass.  The trail connects several communities throughout the state, including Anderson/Madison County, Columbus, Hamilton County, Kokomo/Howard County, and Muncie/Delaware County.  Glass factories, galleries, museums, studios, festivals, and workshops can be found in these communities along the trail.

Kokomo offers several attractions featuring glass.  Take the fascinating tour at the Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory, America’s oldest art glass company.  Watch as molten glass is poured and rolled into colorful sheets of art glass and shipped all around the world.  Demonstrations by skilled glass blowers can also be seen.  Public tours are given weekdays Tuesday through Friday at 10 a.m.  The Op Shop offers beautiful and unique glass items to purchase, including vases, suncatchers, serving boards, perfume bottles, and paperweights.

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory

Kokomo Art Association’s Artworks, located in the Kokomo Mall, carries the work of several glass artists, such as glass jewelry among other unique items.  Greentown and Jenkins glass can be seen at the Greentown Glass Museum and Seiberling Mansion in multiple exhibits.  The Greentown Glass Museum houses a vast number of pieces of glassware produced by the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company in Greentown between 1894 and 1903.  For more information on glass in Kokomo/Howard County, call 800-837-0971 or visit www.VisitKokomo.org.         

Explore The House of Glass in Elwood, offering factory tours on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  In addition, their gallery features a stunning collection of glass art created by their skilled craftsman, including antique and modern style paperweights, animal sculptures, vases, lamps, and glass jewelry to purchase.  For more information, call 765-552-6841 or visit their website.

Dale Chihuly Glass Chandelier at Columbus Visitors Center

Columbus is home to two original works of glass by world-reowned artist, Dale Chihuly.  The stunning 900-piece neon chandelier  is on display in the Columbus Visitors Center and Chihuly Sun Garden Panels in Suspended Circle are uniquely featured at the Columbus Learning Center.  A variety of unique and colorful glass items are available to purchase in the Columbus Visitors Center gift shop.  Glass art can also be seen at Zaharako’s restaurant, Exit 76 Antique Mall, and used in a variety of ways in architecture throughout Columbus.  For more information, call 800-468-6564.

Purchase Glass Items at the Columbus Visitors Center Gift Shop

In Hamilton County, stroll the Carmel Arts & Design District to find glass-filled antique shops and galleries featuring contemporary glass art.  Glass can also be found throughout Hamilton County’s eight great towns.  For more information, call 800-776-8687 or visit their website.    

Muncie is renowned for its glass history beginning with the Ball family.  Art glass is plentiful from beadwork to sculpture.  Plan to visit the Ball State University Museum of Art and the Minnestrista Center.  Visit the website for festivals and glass artists in the Muncie area or call 800-568-6862.

"Catalyst" Sculpture (made of limestone, stainless steel, and dichroic & plate glass) at Muncie's Minnetrista Center

For more information on the Indiana Glass Trail, visit www.IndianaGlassTrail.com.  If you would like to receive the Indiana Glass Trail brochure, call 800-837-0971 or email information@visitkokomo.org.

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Items Now Available Online

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Company is America’s oldest art glass company and has been producing high quality glass in Kokomo since 1888.  Tours of the factory are available Tuesday through Friday at 10:00 am.  Group tours are offered by appointment only. 

For convenience and for those not able to visit the factory and gift shop located in Kokomo, Kokomo Opalescent Glass is now available to purchase online.  Visit www.KOG.com to shop online for unique gifts made from Kokomo glass, including suncatchers, decorative vases, paperweights, bowls, serving boards, lampshades, nightlights, perfume bottles, ornaments, and many other items. 

Artists can also buy sheet glass online as well.  You will be amazed at the selection!  For more information, call 765-457-1829 or visit www.KOG.com.

New Tour Hours Added at Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory

It is no surprise why Kokomo Opalescent Glass (KOG) is one of Kokomo’s most visited attractions.  From families to large tour groups, visits are often requested for the KOG factory tour.  The fascinating tour takes you behind-the-scenes through the glass-making process from start to finish. 

Molten glass ladeled from the 12-pot furnace

In business since 1888, Kokomo Opalescent Glass is America’s oldest art glass company. Watch as ladels of hot, molten glass are carried from the furnace and carefully poured and cooled into sheets of beautiful art glass.  In fact, KOG makes over 22,000 variations of sheet glass!  The glass is packaged and shipped all around the world to be used in a variety of projects by glass artists. 

Master glass blower Jon Wolfe in the Hot Glass Studio

The factory tour also includes a look into the KOG Hot Glass Studio where skilled glass blowers create custom and unique items.  A variety of gift items made from Kokomo glass, including paperweights, votive candle holders, vases, ornaments, and even marbles are sold in the OP Shop, the factory’s retail gift shop. 

Due to increased demand for tours, new tour hours have been added!  Public tours are now offered weekdays Tuesday – Friday at 10:00 a.m.  General admission is $5 and student admission $2.  Group tours are scheduled by appointment only.  Visit their website for tour requirements and guidelines.   

Don’t miss the chance to experience the tour at Kokomo Opalescent Glass.  It is well worth the visit!  For more information, visit their website or call 765-457-1829 or 877-703-4290.

Indiana Glass Trail Features Kokomo Artists

Glass artists in Kokomo are featured on the new Indiana Glass Trail.  The Indiana Glass Trail website, which was launched this week, offers information on tours through the Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory and Hot Glass Studio and the work of several glass artists on display at the Kokomo Art Association Artworks Gallery

Displays of Greentown and Jenkins glass can also be seen at the Greentown Glass Museum and the Seiberling Mansion.  For more information on the work of Hoosier glass artists featured on the Indiana Glass Trail, visit their website



Press Release

Kokomo, IN / March 8, 2010 – The Indiana Glass Trail program has just become an internet super highway for those who enjoy the Hoosier heritage of glass arts. The new web site, www.IndianaGlassTrail.com, now paves the way for those who would love to meet and greet glass artists in central Indiana and see their work up close and personal.

The Indiana Glass Trail is an Indiana Artisan sponsored program designed to raise awareness of the glass arts and encourage tourism within the state. IndianaGlassTrail.com is a one-stop online destination for showcasing talented Hoosier artisans and glass blowers that create their magic with glass. The trail connects communities in which the history and tradition of glass arts has been the most prevalent and which can now be experienced first hand.

Learning more about glass artists along the Indiana Glass Trail can be easily done by clicking on any of the links on the web site. Studios, shops, galleries and museums as well as festivals and workshops that carry artists’ work for display or purchase can be found through http://www.indianaglasstrail.com for the five following areas:

Anderson/Madison County – In 1887, a natural gas well sprung up in White River and the “Gas Boom” began. The gas was used as fuel to form glass artwork just like those examples displayed today at The House of Glass in Elwood.

Columbus – Columbus is home to two original works of glass art by world-renowned artist, Dale Chihuly. Also, a colorful glass quilt and a blazing 900-piece neon chandelier are on public display in this unique city.

Hamilton County – Glass art filled antique shops, galleries featuring glass jewelry, and glass heritage sites dot the quaint main streets of this community’s eight unique towns.

Kokomo/Howard County – The Kokomo Artworks continually shows the work of several glass artists. Kokomo Opalescent Glass offers factory and hot glass studio tours. Greentown and Jenkins glass can be seen at the Greentown Glass Museum and the Seiberling Mansion in Kokomo.

Muncie/Delaware County – Muncie is renowned for its glass history beginning with the Ball family. Artful glass examples, from beadwork to sculpture, are plentiful in the area. The planned future glass school at Ball State University is testimony to Muncie’s glass legacy.

IndianaGlassTrail.com is the best place on the internet to discover what Indiana has to offer in the glass arts. The Indiana Glass Trail program is a joint venture between the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), the Indiana Office of Tourism Development, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, and the Indiana Arts Commission.  The program is managed by the associated local visitor bureaus in central Indiana; Anderson/Madison County, Columbus, Hamilton County, Kokomo/Howard County, and Muncie/Delaware County. For more information on the Indiana Glass Trail, contact the Kokomo Visitors Bureau toll free at 800.837.0971 or send e-mail to phobson@visitkokomo.org.

What Is Your 2010 Resolution?

Here we are at the start of a new year again.  As I rang in the start of 2010 last week, I began to think of all the resolutions that I have made over the years and how many of those I have actually kept (not many!)  I would like to suggest a new resolution to think about this year . . . plan to travel more in 2010. 

No matter if you go somewhere across the country, within your state, or just visit attractions in your own community, traveling inspires new experiences, an opportunity to try new cuisine, and the chance to learn about new places and people.  It can also give you a much needed break from the regular busyness of life to relax and take time for yourself.   

I encourage everyone to take the time and effort to plan a getaway this year.  Whether you plan a trip to Kokomo, to Indiana, or even down the road from where you live, don’t miss the chance to discover something new in 2010.  Here are some great (and budget-friendly) ideas to start.  Happy travels!

  • Take a fascinating tour at the Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory to see the production of art glass and watch a glass blowing demonstration.
  • Learn about the inventor of America’s First Car at the Elwood Haynes Museum.
  • Visit the stunning Seiberling Mansion, filled with late-Victorian architecture, hand-carved woodwork, and local history exhibits.
  • Take a stroll through the past at the Kokomo Automotive Museum, containing over 100 antique automobiles and memorabilia. 
  • Visit Old Ben, the World’s Largest Steer, in Kokomo’s Highland Park. 
  • For more Kokomo area attractions, check out our website and download our visitors guide at www.VisitKokomo.org.