In 1947, Ralph and Grace identified Wooster as an ideal community to start a glass company. At first Ralph stayed in the American Hotel on East Liberty Street for $3.00 per week while Grace continued to reside and work in Cleveland. After two years, Ralph was able to have Grace join him and they worked together to build Wooster Glass Company. Today the company has grown to 30 employees with offices in Wooster and Medina. In 2002, Wooster Glass Company was recognized by the Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce as Business of the Year.
Ralph worked just about every day until his death Jan. 23, 2016. Behind his desk hangs a picture of the first Wooster Glass building and a young Ralph Jones loading glass on his first truck. “Whenever I would think I was getting too big for my britches, or whenever I got discouraged, I would turn my chair around and look at that picture. It gives me a lot of pride when I see what Grace and I have accomplished since we moved to Wooster in 1947.” After several years of ill health, Grace passed away in 1997.
Ralph and Grace's adopted hometown has been the beneficiary of their personal involvement and success. Ralph has been an active player in Wooster's civic scene for decades. He was a board member and president of the Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce, a director of the Wooster YMCA, and a member of the Executive Committee for the National Glass Dealers' Association.
Ralph was involved in the fundraising efforts of numerous other organizations and community projects. Ralph was a member of Central Christian Church, Wooster Elks Lodge, Masonic Lodge, Al Koran Shrine, and a number of other fraternal organizations. Perhaps Ralph's greatest passion for community was his long-time sponsorship and support of youth and adult athletic teams throughout the county, especially Wooster Youth Baseball. He was also involved in the establishment of a number of local businesses including Clear Picture, Inc., now MCTV.
Though his vision became impaired by the passage of time, Ralph Jones still looked with humble gratitude through the glass of his office window over a community he grew to love. Ralph lived by the philosophy that when you live in a community and that community has been good to you, you need to give back to that community.