Our History

1978
Knauf Fiber Glass USA was formed in 1978 when the Knauf family purchased an existing plant in Shelbyville, Indiana
1983
In 1983, the Shelbyville plant doubles its capacity
1988
Knauf opens a second plant in Lanett, Alabama to produce light-density insulation
1990
Knauf opens a third plant in Shelbyville, Indiana, to manufacture pipe insulation
1995
An additional production line is added to the Lanett plant, doubling its capacity
2001
Knauf acquires the European activities of Owens Corning through a joint venture with Alcopor
2002
Early 2002, a new plant in Shasta Lake, California starts production of light-density insulation.
2002
End of 2002, Knauf obtains full ownership over Alcopor thereby acquiring the majority of Owens Corning’s European activities. Company is renamed ‘Knauf Insulation’
2003
Knauf Fiber Glass USA becomes part of Knauf Insulation
2005
Mid 2005, Knauf Insulation purchases Vunizol, a Rock Mineral Wool factory in Surdulica (Serbia)
2006
Early 2006, Knauf Insulation acquires Heraklith, a significant manufacturer of Rock Mineral Wool (6 plants) and Wood Wool (3 plants) and a major player in Central and Eastern Europe
2006
Mid 2006, a new Glass Mineral Wool plant in Krupka (Czech Republic) starts production
2007
In September 2007, a new production line for Rock Mineral Wool manufacture opens in Surdulica
2007
Mid 2007, a new Glass Mineral Wool plant in Stupino (Russia) starts production
2008
In Shelbyville, four production lines are completely rebuilt and the capacity expansion finishes early 2008
2008
Mid 2008, Knauf Insulation acquires Manson Insulation (Canada) 
2009
Beginning of 2009, capacity extension with new product line (L3) dedicated to binderless mineral wool in Skofja Loka (Slovenia) 
2009
Capacity extension with new Rock Mineral Wool production line in St. Egidien (Germany) in August 2009
2009
Mid 2009, Knauf Insulation’s revolutionary ECOSE® Technology binder is rolled out across all Glass Mineral Wool production
2010
New Glass Mineral Wool plant in Lannemezan (France) starts up production
2011
Knauf Insulation acquires a Glass Mineral Wool plant in Eskisehir (Turkey) and another Glass Mineral Wool plant in Tyumen (Russia) to start production in 2012
2012
Visé-based plant becomes the largest glass wool manufacturing site in Europe thanks to the capacity increase
2013
Knauf Insulation acquires the glass wool business of SCHWENK Daemmtechnik GmbH & Co.
2013
Knauf Insulation signs the agreement with Exeed Industries LLC (Abu Dhabi UAE) to acquire a holding Exeed Insulation LLC operating as a joint venture under Knauf Insulation management
2013
New Glass Mineral Wool plant in Tyumen (Russia) starts up production 
2014
Knauf Insulation completes acquisition of Guardian insulation
2014
Knauf Insulation reopens its Lanett plant in Alabama (United States)
2015
Thies Knauf takes over as CEO of Knauf Insulation