1880s: Production of the first light bulbs for Thomas Edison.
1900s: Creation of weather-proof glass railroad lanterns, which would soon become the basis for clear “Pyrex.”
1930s: Fabrication of telescope mirrors for California Institute of Technology.
1940s: Manufacture of durable dinner-ware for the U.S. military, which would soon evolve into opal “Pyrex.”
1960s: Creation of safer automobile windshields which fracture into small granules if
1970s: Development of fiber optics used in networking and telecommunications.
From Humble Roots
Consumer Products Division
Clear PYREX Ware (1915-1998 by Corning Glass Works, 1998-Present by World Kitchen)
Opal PYREX (1945-1986)
Corningware (1958-1998 by Corning Glass Works, 2009 re-launched by World Kitchen)
Corelle Livingware (1970-1998 by Corning Glass Works, 1998-Present by World Kitchen)
The Consumer Products Division enjoyed great popularity and success throughout much of the 20th century. However, the 1990s brought about much change. The company was renamed Corning, Inc. in 1990 and revived its focus on research and technology. Based on declining sales and profits in consumer products, the division was sold to Borden Foods in 1998 and renamed World Kitchen, LLC in 2000. World Kitchen continues to manufacture many items, such as Corelle and clear PYREX. In 2009, World Kitchen also re-launched Corningware.