Kerr Canning Introduces Wide Mouth Canning Jar
Kerr Canning is known for it’s introduction of the wide mouth canning jar.
Started as the Hermetic Fruit Jar Company by Alexander H. Kerr, it’s first products were the Economy (wide mouthed jar) and Self Sealing jars.
Mr. Kerr later invented a newer version of his composition gasket, so that when the lid sealed on the top of a mason jar, a threaded metal ring held it down during the heat process.
Two Part Canning Jar Lid System
Since the lids were cheap to produce, and the glass was easy to reuse, this two part lid system soon became the standard an is infact still in use today.
Ball quickly adopted the wide-mouth jar for itself.
Jarden Corp Makes Kerr, Ball Bernadine and Golden Harvest Canning Jars
A spinnoff from Ball, a company called the Jarden Corp not only now makes Ball Canning Jars but also Kerr, Bernardin and Golden Harvest canning jars.