Founded in Montreal in 1945, the Glo Hill Company was the creation of brothers-in-law Jack Globus and Harry Hill. Jack’s brothers, Leo and Saul, joined the company shortly after its creation. The Globus brothers along with Harry Hill began developing Glo Hill’s brand which quickly became common place in high end retail outlets. What started with picture frames and cutlery items, soon developed into chrome holloware pieces used in home entertaining. Serving pieces (some of which were tiered) were labeled as Gourmates by Glo Hill. Many of these pieces featured bakelite handles.
By the 1960s, Glo Hill began offering barware products under the label Barmates. Stunning sets of bar tools and cocktail shakers and pitchers with chrome and gold plate finishes were produced. These pieces featured many colors of bakelite handles and accents and were sold in both small and large sets.
By 1970, Jack Globus and his original partner Harry Hill had retired. The two remaining brothers continued to operate Glo Hill until it closed in 1979. At its peak, the company employed 160 individuals and produced some of the finest barware and serving pieces of its time.