History

Owens Corning began when an experiment with glass building blocks produced an unexpected result – it revealed a way to make glass fibers in commercial quantities.

That discovery launched more than a new product. It set in motion a remarkable series of events that included the birth of an innovative company that would develop new industries related to the production of fiber glass materials.

The first, historic step occurred on Oct. 31, 1938, when Owens-Illinois and Corning Glass officially spun off and incorporated Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corp., based in Toledo, Ohio.

Owens Corning's operations today span the world. It is a leading global producer of residential and commercial building materials, including insulation and roofing shingles; glass-fiber reinforcements for products such as cars, boats, wind blades and smart phones; and engineered materials for composite systems.

Among the milestones of which Owens Corning employees are most proud is its global safety journey. Since 2001, the company has reduced the number of recordable injuries from more than 1,000 to less than 100 per year. The goal is to achieve a zero-injury workplace across all manufacturing, technical, distribution and office facilities worldwide.

In April 2014, Owens Corning was named by the National Safety Council as the 2014 recipient for its Green Cross for Safety Medal for its "steadfast commitment to improving safety and health in the workplace and beyond."

Other recent milestones include the company earning placement for the fifth year in a row in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World). 

Key Historical Milestones