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Lindshammar, where the Mörrum River starts, is the place for old industrial traditions. Hydropower was used early and in 1825 a paper mill was established.
In the early 1860s, an ironworks using bog iron was also founded, which in 1896 was followed by a carpentry, but during the turn of the 20th century, the first industrial era - wood, paper and iron - had done its part on this site.
The Glass Works 1905
The first smeltry was built by Mr. Robert Rentsch and was completed in November 1905. The glass works was in service for ten years when it was sold after a labour dispute.
New owners took over, tannery owner Mr. CJ Petersson from Hovmantorp and his sons Anton and Bror. Lindshammar became one of the many glassworks in Småland that delivered good products but at a relatively anonymous existence.
Mr. Hovhammar takes over
Anton Pettersson's son Erik, who took the name Hovhammar, became the one who developed Lindshammar from the a quite anonymous glassworks. By the age of 27, Mr. Hovhammar in 1949 had to manage the glassworks after the death of his father. At a high pace, the new director clearly saw what efforts were required in the beginning of the post-war era.
The glasswork with colour
Mr. Hovhammar contracted architect Gunnar Ander who introduced a new profile through new bold designs. Mr. Ander made sure to use plenty of colour making Lindshammar stand out from the competition. He indeed succeeded and Lindshammar got its well known status as "Glasbruket med färg -- the glasworkd with colour."
The new glassworks in 1955
(1)Post war, Mr. Hovhammar was engaged in the local community. He had a new glass work constructed which was completed in 1955 and invested in worker's dwellings as well as supporting the football pitch and a community hall (2) .
Lindshammar introduced new designers and following the success and tourism "Smultonstället" restaurant (3)was built in the 70-ies also housing a supermaket and bank. This building was demolished in 2020.
Segel Square, Stockholm
The sculptor Edvin Öhrström and Lindshammar were commissioned to decorate Sergels Torg and the 37.5 meter tall glass obelisk that was erected in 1974. Truly a great success for a Småland glassworks!
Mr. Rosén takes over
In 1979 Lindshammar enountered serious financial problems, the company was in administration but two years later it files for bankruptcy was. After yet another bankruptcy, Ulf Rosén bought the glasswork in 1984. Being the son and nephew of the well-known directors Lennart and Erik Rosén, he's grown up with the glass.
Yet again, Lindshammar became a well-reputated glassworks, despite fierce competition. At its peak almost 90 persons were employed at Lindshammar.
In 1998, new owners entered as Mr. Rosén sold to Norwegian CG Holding A/S, but remained as CEO.
In 2007, Mr. Rosén left as CEO after a disagreement with the owners about the future of Lindshammar, in 2008 production ceased. Mr. Rosén currently manages Reijmyre glassworks in Östergötland.
Micael Segerberg then ram Wentzelholm's glassworks on the site until 2011, but today the last furnace has gone out and the glasswork is deserted.
Buildnings in Lindshammar
From the wood-burning era, the wood store (4) remains. The old nail forge (5) has been a museum, exhibition, yarn shop and more. The stable (6) was used until a few years ago. The power station (7) initially supplied the glass work with electricity, now it delivers to the power grid. The director's residence (8) is today a private home. The apartment block (9) was workers' housing and had both a super market and a coffee shop.
(10) The Café and bed&breakfast as founded in 2006 and are situated in the old worker's homes built in 1906 and 1907.