PITTSBURGH CORNING Company History Timeline

1800

Glass Block has an interesting history that began in the United Kingdom in the late 1800’s.

1880

The Glass Block Technology of the United Kingdom states that in the 1880’s, hexagonal bodies with arched exteriors which could be composed into honeycomb constructions, were mouth-blown for partition and exterior walls.

1930

In the 1930’s, further development of machine production produced more satisfactory types which were easier to work.

1937

In 1937, Pittsburgh Corning began to advance the glass brick product in beauty by developing the technology of FOAMGLAS® that made the first VUE® pattern possible.

In 1937, Pittsburgh Corning was incorporated and built its first plant in Port Allegany, PA, for the production of the Decora® and Argus® Glass Block patterns.

Pittsburgh Corning Corporation had a promising start in 1937, with one innovative product, architectural glass block, and the support of two renowned companies – Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company and Corning Glass Works.

1950

In the late 1950’s, Pittsburgh Corning continued its tradition of innovation by creating its first rectangular glass brick.

1962

In 1962, Pittsburgh Corning entered into a purchase agreement with UNARCO Industries Inc. to buy the Unibestos product line, which contained such items as pipe insulation and insulation block.

1972

In 1972, Pittsburgh Corning ceased production and distribution of the insulation and dismantled and buried the equipment from the Tyler plant.

1988

Doctors diagnosed Simpson with mesothelioma, which claimed his life in 1988.

1997

The most notable asbestos-related litigation involving Pittsburgh Corning came in 1997 when 447 former employees of the Tyler plant filed a class-action lawsuit.

Dunham developed lung cancer from asbestos exposure and died in 1997.

2000

On April 16, 2000, Pittsburgh Corning Corporation filed a voluntary petition under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.

The company filed for bankruptcy in 2000 and later set up a trust fund to compensate victims of asbestos exposure.

Pittsburgh Corning filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2000.

2008

To further advance the security value of glass block, in 2008, Pittsburgh Corning developed a hurricane resistant glass block window and a blast resistant glass block panel.

2009

In 2009, the Energy Efficient Glass Block panels are introduced as the newest LightWise® Architectural System.

2013

After years of pending appeals, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania confirmed the plan in May 2013.

2016

Funding for the trust began in the first half of 2016.

2017

Based in Toledo, Ohio, Owens Corning posted 2017 sales of $6.4 billion and employs 19,000 people in 37 countries.

In 2017, there were two work-related fatalities at company manufacturing locations — the first in over a decade.

2018

Paolucci, V. et al. (2018, February 26). Asbestos exposure biomarkers in the follow-up of asbestos-exposed workers.

Founded
1937
Company Founded
Headquarters
Pittsburgh, PA
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