Compagnie de Saint-Gobain S A is a French multinational corporation, founded in 1665 in Paris and headquartered on the outskirts of Paris, at La Defense and in Courbevoie.
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Saint-Gobain was created for a period of twenty years and would be financed in part by the State.
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Saint-Gobain now had to depend on the participation and capital of private investors, although it continued to remain partly under the control of the French state.
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In 1830, just as Louis-Philippe became King of the newly restored French Monarchy, Saint-Gobain was transformed into a Public Limited Company and became independent from the state for the first time.
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Some more famous buildings that Saint-Gobain contributed to during that period were the Crystal Palace in London, Jardin des Plantes, the Grand Palais and adjacent Petit Palais in Paris, and Milan Central railway station.
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Saint-Gobain merged with another French glass and mirror manufacturer, Saint-Quirin, in the mid-19th century.
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Saint-Gobain looked for a "white knight" to help fend off the bid.
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When Saint-Gobain became a private enterprise, control of the company quickly changed hands.
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Saint-Gobain's Building Distribution division was created in 1996.
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Saint-Gobain has a division that focuses on connecting entrepreneurs, startups, and innovators to the 50+ bin Saint-Gobain called: NOVA External Venturing.
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Saint-Gobain has made a number of recent acquisitions in the past several years.
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Saint-Gobain started its venture in India in 1996 by acquiring a majority stake of Grindwell Norton.
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Saint-Gobain had contaminated ground water supply with PFAS in multiple towns in Southern New Hampshire, USA.
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List of fines, monetary settlements and costs such as supplementary environmental projects or consumer relief that Saint-Gobain has been compelled to undertake as part of settlements.
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