Ronnie Wright proudly works with his hands and supervises a team of other workers who do the same in rural West Virginia. He showed me how buckets full of colored glass get recycled into the sweltering furnace of the Marble King factory.
Natural gas powers the process that turns leftover pieces from stained glass window making, other art glass, and even old bottles, into tiny spheres. The marbles are still dangerously hot when they’ve swirled along a custom chute and been sorted into metal buckets.
It will be hours before Linda Ramsey and Phyllis Spencer will be hand-sorting that particular batch. In the meantime, they’re busy inspecting cooled marbles for defects and weighing them for sale to wholesalers. Ramsey picks up a pitted marble that will be sent back to be remelted. After their first round of hand sorting, they’ll pour some marbles into the top of a custom-made counting machine that can put the precise amount needed into resale bags. 28 local jobs depend on Marble King, and everything possible, down to the packaging involved, is made in the USA.
|Quality control removes a defective marble|
|Marble King CEO Beri Fox|