Owens Corning celebrates its 75th anniversary

Insulation giant Owens Corning is celebrating its 75th anniversary.

"Our 75th anniversary provides a great opportunity to celebrate where we've been and who we are as a company, and get excited about our bright future," said Mike Thaman, chairman and CEO. "What makes our employees most proud is that our products improve people's lives. Homes and buildings are more energy efficient. Cars are lighter and conserve more fuel. Wind blades are longer and stronger. Our commitment to our customers is to enable them to deliver those solutions to worldwide markets."

The company was founded on an initial discovery that glass building blocks could be made into commercial quantities of glass fibers. On Oct. 31, 1938, Owens-Illinois and Corning Glass banded together to create the Toledo, Ohio-based company.

Other recent milestones for the company include the 2014 Green Cross for Safety Medal from the National Safety Council, having reduced its injuries from more than 1,000 to less than 100 per year.

Owens Corning also earned placement on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the fourth consecutive year - this time, as the Industry Leader for the DJSI World Building Products component.

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