Seeking startup partnerships and sustainable technologies at Saint-Gobain
By Kelsey Alpaio, Staff Writer
More than 350 years ago, Saint-Gobain, the Paris-based building materials company, was just starting out as a glass manufacturer. Their first customer wanted them to install the windows and mirrors in his new house. The customer? King Louis XIV. The house? The Palace of Versailles.
Today, the company — a supplier of insulation, siding, roofing, and glass, among other products — operates in 66 countries and has more than 170,000 employees. So how has Saint-Gobain continued to innovate and change over the years?