Porter Bottle Company is a stocking distributor of glass and plastic containers and their closures. A 3rd generation, family owned container distributor, founded in Detroit, Michigan in 1936, our sales office and flagship warehouse is located 8 blocks from our original location.
Porter Bottle Company, Inc. was founded in October, 1936 by our founders, Dave and Ida Schwartz with generous gifts from attendees of the wedding, earlier that month. Our first location was located on 4th and Porter Streets in Detroit, MI (a portion of the current site of the Detroit Public Safety Headquarters). Our original business included the collection, washing and selling of used bottles. Eventually new manufactured containers became commonplace and our business direction changed.
In 1964, our location moved to a new, modern warehouse on the north side of W. Fort Street, (a few blocks removed from our first location). We built our brand throughout the region and beyond. Additional warehouse space was needed and 2 more nearby warehouses were obtained. We added new plastic containers to our glass bottles and jars later in that decade.
In 1977 Porter Bottle Company’s warehouse was the scene of a 5 alarm fire that was on the cover of the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press. With the smoldering ruins of his business in the background, our founder was interviewed on TV that night and upon asking what his next step was, he answered “You tighten your belt and open tomorrow.” The next day, Mr. Schwartz opened his business across the street in the 3rd of our warehouses, and the only one still standing.
Within a few years Mr. Schwartz was joined by his son-in-law at our current location, 1941 West Fort Street, Detroit MI 48216. Upon his retirement Jerry and his wife Rena became owners of the company and upheld the company legacy of providing small and medium sized businesses with quality containers at a fair price, with low minimum order quantities.
In 2007, upon Jerry’s passing, his son Larry assumed management of the company, increasing our product lines 3-fold according to current trends just as the Great Recession hit. Realizing that our company was founded 70 years earlier during the Great Depression of the 1930s we continued our practices of supporting local businesses, refusing to raise prices to keep our customers’ overhead down in light of a the economic downturn. Our team soon included Larry and Rena’s cousin, Operations Manager Dan Grubner. With a full line of glass and plastic containers, including “modern” materials like PET in a variety of colors and sizes, Porter Bottle Company is a modern, 3rd generation business.