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Saint-Gobain appoints new president

Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies and manufacturer of innovative material solutions, announced the appointment of Thomas Kinisky as President and CEO of Saint-Gobain Corporation (Saint-Gobain’s North American holding company), based in Malvern, Pa., May 1.

Kinisky assumed the position earlier this year, succeeding John Crowe. Kinisky’s wide-scale focus is on sustainable growth for the breadth of Saint-Gobain companies operating in North America. These include CertainTeed Corporation, Saint-Gobain Abrasives, Saint-Gobain ADFORS, Vetrotech Saint-Gobain, Saint-Gobain Glass, SageGlass, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, and Saint-Gobain Ceramics.

Kinisky’s most recent position as President of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics gave him responsibility for more than 6,000 employees across 57 manufacturing facilities in 22 countries. His near-decade there saw him expanded that business’s offering of innovative materials in markets such as aerospace, transportation, and healthcare. “Today, within the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics business, one of every two products sold were developed within the last five years,” per a company news release.

In addition to releasing its new employer brand in June, Saint-Gobain has been active in American communities this summer. The company partnered with Worcester YouthBuild on June 15 on a landscaping project for a local youth center. The groups installed new siding and beautified landscaping at Friendly House Neighborhood Center, which has been serving the Worcester community since 1920 with a wide array of educational, social and recreational programs. Approximately 15 students worked alongside Saint-Gobain employees to learn about sustainable building materials from the Saint-Gobain family of companies and about careers in the manufacturing and construction industries. Worcester YouthBuild is operated by Training Resources of America, Inc.

More recently, a fire at the company’s New Hampshire performance plastics plant July 13 caused a scare, but the company exercised admirable safety practices by getting all employees out safely and unharmed.

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