Saint-Gobain in North America-Historical Highlights for Flash
1885: Norton Emery Wheel Company was founded to manufacture the first grinding wheel that could be precision-made and mass-produced.
1904: General Roofing Manufacturing Company (later to become CertainTeed) established in East St. Louis, Illinois.
1913: Norton Company begins manufacturing industrial ceramics.
1917: General Roofing Manufacturing Company changes its name to CertainTeed Products Corporation-a contraction of the company's slogan, "Quality made certain, satisfaction guaranteed."
1931: Norton Company acquires Behr-Manning, a leader in the coated abrasives industry.
1964: Saint-Gobain acquires Quartz Products Corporation, the precursor to Saint-Gobain Ceramics & Plastics.
1964: Norton Company purchases Clipper Manufacturing Company, a producer of concrete- and masonry-cutting equipment.
1966: Norton Company purchases U.S. Stoneware of Akron, Ohio, a maker of chemical process products and specialty plastics.
1967: CertainTeed (which began as the General Roofing Manufacturing Company in 1904) and Saint-Gobain begin a joint venture to sell insulation in the United States.
1969: CertainTeed begins producing solid vinyl siding.
1970: The CertainTeed/Saint-Gobain joint venture is folded into CertainTeed, in exchange for which Saint-Gobain becomes a minority shareholder.
1975: CertainTeed's plant in Lake Charles, Louisiana, begins manufacturing polymer products used as raw materials to manufacture CertainTeed pipe, siding and window products.
1976: Saint-Gobain obtains 57 percent of CertainTeed stock and a controlling interest in the company.
1978: CertainTeed opens its Technical Center in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania.
1981: CertainTeed introduces "InsulSafe," the world's first non-bonded loose fill fiber glass insulation product.
1985: Norton Company acquires Carborundum Abrasives in Canada.
1986: Norton Company acquires Carborundum Abrasives in the United States.
1987: Corhart Refractories Corporation is acquired by a Saint-Gobain subsidiary.
1988: CertainTeed becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Saint-Gobain
Bay Mills becomes a subsidiary of CertainTeed.
Wolverine becomes part of CertainTeed's vinyl siding business.
CertainTeed opens its "K21" line in Kansas City, Kansas-the world's largest fiber glass insulation production line.
1989: CertainTeed acquires the Ludowici-Celadon clay roof tile company.
1990: Norton Company, a leading worldwide supplier of abrasives, ceramics and high-performance plastics, is acquired by Saint-Gobain.
The Bicron crystals business becomes part of Saint-Gobain.
1992: CertainTeed begins production and sale of "Form-A-Drain."
CertainTeed's Grand Manor roofing introduced.
1993: Carriage House luxury roofing introduced by CertainTeed.
1995: Formation of Ball-Foster, a glass container joint venture between Ball Corporation and Saint-Gobain.
Startup of EuroKera, a joint venture between Corning and Saint-Gobain to manufacture glass cooktops.
1996: Ball-Foster becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Saint-Gobain.
Saint-Gobain acquires Carborundum Ceramics of Niagara Falls, New York (part of British Petroleum's BP Chemicals subsidiary).
Winter Abrasives acquired by Norton Company.
1996: CertainTeed enters the vinyl fence, deck and railing business through its acquisition of Bufftech.
1997: Norton Company acquires Unicorn International, which has a North American subsidiary called Universal Abrasives.
1998: CertainTeed acquires Bird Roofing
Saint-Gobain acquires Calmar, a leading manufacturer of trigger sprayers and fluid-dispensing products.
Norton Canada acquires the Carborundum Pulpstones business in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Norton Company acquires Flexovit, with Segro Abrasives operations in the United States.
1999: CertainTeed acquires GS Roofing and the Unisul insulation equipment business.
Furon, a leading designer, developer and manufacturer of highly engineered products made primarily from specially formulated high-performance polymer materials, is acquired and Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics is created.
2000: Saint-Gobain acquires Meyer International, which includes the U.S. company Meyer Decorative Surfaces.
CertainTeed acquires Celotex Roofing.
Ball-Foster changes its name to Saint-Gobain Containers.
ChemFab acquired by Saint-Gobain.
Vetrotech Saint-Gobain North America created.
2001: Norton Company changes its name to Saint-Gobain Abrasives and to Saint-Gobain Ceramics & Plastics.
Merit Abrasives, a manufacturer of specialty abrasive products, becomes part of Saint-Gobain Abrasives
The Bayex, Bay Mills and PermaGlas-Mesh businesses combine to form Saint-Gobain Technical Fabrics.
2003: CertainTeed's ventilation business and the Ludowici clay roof tile business are divested.
Saint-Gobain acquires Heye America (now know as GPS), a supplier of machines, parts and services to glass container manufacturers throughout North America
2004: Vetrotech Saint-Gobain North America produces the first "Contraflam" fire-rated glass.
2005: Saint-Gobain acquires BPB, which in North America becomes CertainTeed Gypsum.
Saint-Gobain splits its reinforcements business into "Reinforcements & Composites" and "Textile Solutions."
2006: Saint-Gobain Calmar is sold to Meadwestvaco.
Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics sells its Synflex business to Eaton Corporation.
2007: CertainTeed's window business and Saint-Gobain Desjonqueres are divested.
Saint-Gobain acquires Norandex Distributrion, now known as Norandex Building Materials Distribution, Inc..
Saint-Gobain sells its Reinforcements & Composites businesses, including three U.S. plants, to Owens Corning.
Saint-Gobain's tempered, laminated glass is used to make the Grand Canyon Skywalk, suspended nearly 4,000 feet above the Colorado River.
2008: Saint-Gobain Vetrotex America business is closed.
J&J Scientific acquired.
Moyco Abrasives acquired.