Wayne-based Saint-Gobains is Philadelphia’s oldest company or institution.
So says the folks at Philadelphia Business Journal who placed the company at the top of their list of the Delaware Valley’s longest surviving businesses published on January 30th.
No other Chester County companies or institutions made the list.
The Wayne-based manufacturer and distributor of construction materials headquartered in Courbevoie, France, began doing business 111 years before the likes of George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson decided to send King George and his red-coated armies packing in 1776.
Today Saint-Gobains does $55.8 billion in worldwide sales, operates in 64 countries and has over 185,000 employees.
While currently headquartered on Swedesford Road in Wayne, Saint-Gobain will shift their US headquarters a few miles west on 202 toward West Chester later this year when the firm takes up residence in the newly transformed office building (above) on the northeast corner of the Route 202 and 401 interchange in Frazer.
The $80 million retrofit of the long-abandoned National Liberty building will feature 320,000 square feet of office space and house approximately 800 employees from Saint-Gobain’s current Valley Forge and Blue Bell locations, with room for another 100 people in the next five years.