In 1950, U.S. Naval Commander Joseph Leone decided to go into the glass business.
He retired from active service while remaining a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve. He built a small glass manufacturing facility in Long Beach, California to manufacture ashtrays and other press-ware. While Leone Glass and Engineering made ashtrays, his wife, Katherine, designed and made ceramic jewelry which became very popular. In fact, some of her pieces were awarded as prizes on the early television game shows broadcast out of Hollywood. Leone Glass and Engineering driven by Mr. Leone's tremendous energy soon captured a fairly large market share in the Western United States.
Looking for his next challenge, Mr. Leone sold the ashtray portion of the business and accepted a job with Owens Illinois at their Technical Center in Toledo, Ohio. After a few years, he was hired away by the former Wheaton Glass in Southern New Jersey as Executive Vice President and later by Revlon to be Director of Packaging at their headquarters on Madison Avenue in New York City.
In the mid-60s, Mr. Leone left Revlon knowing it was time to start a new company for himself and his growing family. In 1966, Leone Industries was founded.
A few years later, Leone Industries was growing quickly and supplying containers to a number of companies in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries such as Johnson & Johnson and Revlon. As his company grew, his young children were working part time and learning the ropes. Leone Industries never really followed the same path as the other glass companies as they were attentive and nimble. A perfect illustration of their flexibility occurred in the late sixties when a strike affected the majority of glass container producers in North America. Several national food and beverage companies approached Leone Industries, who, as it happened, had a different union with good labor relations and an ongoing agreement. After explaining their situation, they asked and Leone quickly came to their aid.
From that point, Leone Industries was becoming more involved in the food and beverage business and slowly moving away from their former focus of cosmetic and pharmaceutical glass manufacture.
In 1979, at the age of 61, Mr. Leone passed away unexpectedly. His young sons, Peter and David took over the family business. At that time, the company was primarily in the beer and beverage business. After fully analyzing the company's strengths and the evolving packaging market, Leone Industries changed their primary focus from prelabeled beverage and beer containers toward food and liquor.
Leone Industries continues to grow by providing great quality and service, a by-product of blending great people and state-of-the-art technology.