Frank C. Ball


Honorary Degree (1929)
Doctor of Laws
Location: Bloomington
Presenter: William Lowe Bryan


Ball Brothers Glass Manufacturing Company (Ball Corporation) was founded by Frank C. and Edmund B. Ball, who borrowed $200 from their uncle George Ball to buy the Wooden Jacket Can Company of Buffalo, New York. Within a few years, they added glass production to the business and, in 1884, produced their first fruit jar. To take advantage of the abundance of natural gas in East Central Indiana, the brothers built a factory in Muncie, Indiana in 1887. Over the course of the next ten years the brothers closed the factory in Buffalo and they all moved to Muncie, Indiana. In 1998, Ball Corporation headquarters moved to Broomfield, Colorado.