Owens Corning: A Culture of Innovation and Respect for the Environment
Without necessarily knowing it, Owens Corning is widely recognized. The Company manufactures fiberglass insulation, shingles, and roofing accessories, as well as mineral wool and extruded polystyrene rigid insulation, installed in a significant number of buildings and homes from coast to coast. A look back at 80 years of innovation and environmental awareness by an industrial giant easily recognizable by its mascot, the Pink Panther.
It was in 1938, exactly 83 years ago, that Owens Corning invented FIBERGLAS® insulation. This thermal and noise-absorbing insulation changed the construction industry and considerably increased the energy efficiency of buildings, thus increasing the comfort of their occupants.
A Fortune 500 company for the past 66 years, Owens Corning employs 19,000 people in 33 countries. Innovation is at the heart of its business. So much so that the Company helped design the beta fabrics used in the Apollo spacesuits in the 1960s and 1970s.
In Canada, Owens Corning has two plants that manufacture PINK® FIBERGLAS® insulation, one in Toronto, Ontario, and one in Edmonton, Alberta. It also operates a plant that manufactures FOAMULAR® extruded polystyrene rigid insulation in Valleyfield, Quebec.
In Guelph, Ontario, Owens Corning owns one of 32 Composite Manufacturing Plants located around the world. Thanks to its composite materials division, Owens Corning is a global pioneer and leader in the production of fiberglass reinforcement, and non-woven and specialty composite materials, with a long-standing focus on product innovation with a customer-centric approach.
The Owens Corning Science and Technology Center, located in Granville, Ohio, is where many research and development activities are conducted, and where the Company’s researchers and scientists continually strive to provide promising and innovative, sustainable building materials and solutions for the North American market.
Willing to do its part for the environment, Owens Corning has undertaken several initiatives, especially in its Canadian facilities. In 2002, the Toronto plant diverted 61% of its waste from landfill sites. In 2007, this percentage reached 76%. In 2011, when it developed the EcoTouch® with PureFiber® Technology insulation, it launched a new line of high-performance, formaldehyde-free residential and commercial insulation with a 73% recycled content†.
And more recently, in 2021, Owens Corning announced the launch of a new product line: FOAMULAR® NGXTM, the next generation of PINK insulation. The proprietary blowing agent in this new line of extruded polystyrene rigid insulation reduces global warming potential (GWP) by 90%* without compromising the product’s performance.
Owens Corning is committed to continually providing sustainable building materials and building enclosures that mutually benefit contractors, builders, and owners. Long live the Company.
For more information about complete enclosure solutions for all your building construction projects, reach out to our Canadian Building Science Team at www.owenscorning.ca.
†73% recycled content is based on the average recycled glass content in all Owens Corning fiberglass batts, rolls and unbonded loosefill insulation manufactured in Canada, SCS certified. *Compared to previous FOAMULAR® blowing agent formulation. © 2021 Owens Corning. All Rights Reserved.