Culture & History


For almost two centuries, Libbey has been known as the leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of high-quality glass tableware, especially in the North American market. With the acquisitions of Royal Leerdam in the Netherlands, Crisal in Portugal, the remaining 51% of Crisa in Mexico, and its building of a new factory in China, Libbey is nowadays the second largest glass tableware producer in the world (by management estimates). This expanded manufacturing footprint positions Libbey well to service the tabletop needs of customers like you and others around the world. 

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Crisa has its roots in Monterrey, Nuevo León. It was founded in 1936 as part of Vidriera Monterrey, which is now Vitro.

In 1938, Crisa opened its doors with its first manufacturing location- well-known as Location "C". In 1956, Crisa acquired Cristales Mexicanos (Location "M") and in 1987 Location "I" was built which, besides being a warehouse and packaging center, is also the main hub of distribution. Additionally, products are decorated there and glassware and dinnerware are assembled.

In 1997, Libbey Inc. acquired the 49% of Crisa and obtained full ownership in 2006. With this acquisition, both Crisa and Libbey are positioned as the foremost glassmaker in América and one of the world's largest.

Crisa has a wide range of high quality products such as glass, metalware, and chinaware to serve several segment markets such as Retail, Foodservice, and B2B.

The main processes are: press, blowing, manual, and cold cut.

In addition, Crisa has a strong national distributor network, 17 outlet stores stocked with the full product line, and conducts exports to over 70 countries across the globe.