Monday, December 29, 2014

Saint-Gobain's 350th anniversary

Congratulations to Saint-Gobain, based in France, as it enters its 350th year in 2015. The company describes itself as "the world leader in the habitat and construction markets." It "designs, manufactures and distributes building and high-performance materials, providing ... solutions to the challenges of growth, energy efficiency and environmental protection."

Unlike companies that wait until the last minute, Saint-Gobain's website already has a 350th anniversary section that features: 
  • an English-language version (if only more US companies were similarly bilingual!)
  • a nonverbal video (thundering music, no words--makes sense for a global company)
  • cool historical art like the images shown here (though the timeline navigation is a little clunky) 
I hope Saint-Gobain will add a little more corporate storytelling to its excellent framework as its business anniversary year unfolds.

Here in the US, the year 1665 was notable for a visit from a British royal retinue, which demanded that the colonies pledge allegiance to the King. Plymouth (then a colony), Connecticut, and Rhode Island did so; Massachusetts refused. I knew there was a reason I love MA. Anyhow, here at, we look forward to following Saint-Gobain's history site into its anniversary year, and we wish everyone a happy, historic 2015!