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SageGlass Overview

Faribault, MN
201 to 500 employees
Saint-Gobain
1989
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
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SAGE Electrochromics develops smart, green window technologies to dramatically improve the human experience in the built environment - buildings and homes. Our technology darkens or lightens architectural or transportation glass with the push of a button, or a swipe of your ... Read more

Mission: To improve the human experience for everyone in the built environment. To control the effects of the sun, and protect our environment by reducing the cost of cooling our buildings. To remove barriers and provide people with an unobstructed connection to the outside world.

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SageGlass – Why Work For Us?


About Us

We are committed to enhancing the human experience.

Whether in windows, skylights or curtain walls, glass makes a building beautiful. Glass gives the people inside a visual connection to the outdoors, making them happier, healthier and more productive. And when glass prevents glare and heat build-up, it adds even more to their quality of life.

We are committed to the environment. Our glass significantly reduces the energy you need to heat and cool your building. But that’s only the beginning of our sustainability effort. We recycle as much waste as we can. We use natural, non-toxic products to maintain our landscapes and clean our buildings. And we volunteer in local cleanup programs.

We are committed to our employees. Their well-being – in terms of compensation, career growth and work/life balance – is important. It shows up in the quality of our products.

Finally, we are committed to you, our customer. We promise you years of satisfaction with your entire SageGlass experience.

That’s our commitment.

History

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Our company started life in 1989 with an ambitious (some thought impossible) mission: nothing less than the reinvention of glass for buildings.

Thanks in large part to our founder, John Van Dine, we embraced the challenge, chipped away at the doubt and countered it with perseverance. Although the early years brought triumphs and setbacks, the triumphs won out: SageGlass graces buildings all over the world, pleasing the owners, the people inside, and those who pay the energy bills. The world’s best-known window makers build SageGlass into their products, and noted architects spec SageGlass dynamic glass again and again.

Yet we aren’t letting up.

In 2012, we unveiled the largest and most advanced electrochromic glass plant on the planet. Meeting a demand that has consistently outstripped our capacity, we’ll be producing SageGlass in bigger sizes and higher volumes than the market has ever seen.

The plant is a far cry from our first cozy lab in Valley Cottage, N.Y., or our corner of the ceramic science and engineering department at Rutgers. While those were exciting times, like many a pioneer, we outgrew our surroundings and in 1998 headed west in search of our destiny – stopping permanently, it seems, in Minnesota, “the Silicon Valley of the Window Industry.”

Having changed our name to SAGE Electrochromics, Inc., we spent the next five years honing our production process and eventually rolling out SageGlass. Right out of the gate, we were challenged to “prove it.”  The US Department of Energy was an early supporter and has tested SageGlass extensively. So did industry fabricators and OEMs. SageGlass has consistently passed or exceeded standards throughout its many evaluations.

Importantly, the US Department of Energy includes electrochromic windows in its roadmap to achieving zero-energy buildings. Researchers at the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory have said that full deployment of dynamic, highly insulating glazing can save up to five percent of the US energy budget. In addition to the economic benefits, that’s a lot of COnot going into the air.

In March 2010, we announced our SAGE triple-pane glazing product, the world’s most energy-efficient window glass. November 2010 brought more good news to our company. Paris-based Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction markets, invested $80 million in our company. In June 2012, Saint-Gobain acquired 100 percent of the company making SAGE  a wholly-owned subsidiary.Every day, our perseverance pays off in small ways that give the world opportunities for more beautiful, energy-efficient buildings. We invite you to become a part of our story.

When it comes to sustainability, we don’t just talk the talk. Case in point: our own buildings.

 

SAGE headquarters and our brand new manufacturing facility in Faribault, Minn., are specifically designed to make our employees more comfortable, more productive and generally happier by letting sunlight stream in and providing a view to the outdoors for all employees. 

In addition to being green, our facilities are pristine. Our manufacturing processes require an environment as clean as a silicon chip plant, and we make sure that standard is never compromised.

While SAGE headquarters has been our home since 2004, the market’s enthusiasm for SageGlass caused us to outgrow our 60,000-square-foot (5,600-square-meter) building. Our 324,000-square-foot (30,100-square-meter) high-volume manufacturing facility that opened in 2012 promises to be a game-changer in the green building market. This timelapse shows the construction that took place from February through the end of November 2011.

The new facility is the world’s largest and most advanced dynamic glass manufacturing plant (although our old building previously held this distinction), able to produce SageGlass in high volumes and in large commercial architectural sizes at an affordable cost. We invested in the world’s best available manufacturing technologies to produce a dynamic glass product of uncompromising quality and reliability. The plant houses the world’s largest thin-film coating system for glass production.

We’re aiming for LEED Silver certification for our new facility. We sourced as many local building materials as possible. An unusually large number of windows and skylights throughout both the offices and the manufacturing facility provide natural daylight and offset the need for conventional electric lighting. The HVAC and chilled water systems use natural cooling from outside air. An innovative hot water reclamation system recycles heat back into the building. Waste- and rain-water reclamation systems conserve water usage.  With these and other sustainable features, the energy performance of the new SAGE facility is projected to be 28 percent better than the ASHRAE 90.1 baseline – a key national energy standard for commercial buildings today.

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    Pros

    SAGE is a fast growing technology company that is the leader in electronically tintable glass for building, homes and transportation. There are a lot of follower companies in the silicon valley, but this is where the technology was created and is being re-invented. Lots of opportunity for challenging work, career advancement, and a really collaborative, respectful and inclusive workplace.

    Cons

    There is constant change, and at times it can be a lot. But it is also great to work in a place where everything is expected to change and improve, and your ideas are not just welcomed, but also expected. Not a place for people who want to do the same thing every day.

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Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

Tech Hiring Commitment

Helping to train, hire and promote more technology workers

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

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Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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