May 04, 2023 | Malvern, Pennsylvania Untited States


The Saint-Gobain North America Foundation and building materials subsidiary CertainTeed contributed over $175,000 in siding and insulation products and monetary donations to Volumetric Building Companies (VBC) Giving Foundation’s Veterans Village Project, a 47-unit new construction permanent housing community for Veterans. In addition to monetary and product donations, a team of Saint-Gobain employees also provided support, solutions, and expertise to this important project.

This collaboration comes as Saint-Gobain continues to implement its global Grow and Impact strategy, which includes prioritizing corporate social responsibility and volunteerism in communities where the company does business. With over 900 veterans, reservists, or National Guards soldiers, Saint-Gobain is dedicated to the mentorship, camaraderie, and service of veterans and military who have given so much to their country.

“As the worldwide leader in light and sustainable construction, it is our ambition at Saint-Gobain to improve lives in our community and make the world a better home. By providing safe, sustainable, and high-quality housing products and solutions for the Veteran’s Village project, we are maximizing our positive impact in the veteran community in Philadelphia,” said Mark Rayfield, President & CEO of Saint-Gobain North America and CertainTeed. “Together with VBC Giving Foundation, we are building the foundations and affecting the lives of the men and women who have selflessly sacrificed for our country.”

"The Saint-Gobain North American team forms an important part of our family and we could not be prouder of the partnership. Their organization has made a clear commitment to support our nation's Veterans and to provide them with a safe and affordable place to call home. In short, we could not have launched our inaugural Veterans Village without them,” said John P. Jones SSgt USMC Ret., Executive Director of the VBC Giving Foundation. “Saint-Gobain North America and the company’s Veterans Employee Resource Group encourage veterans to join an organization dedicated to those who are currently serving or have served. A current list of job openings at all Saint-Gobain locations can be found on the company’s careers website. 


The VBC Giving Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the philanthropic arm of Volumetric Building Companies (VBC), founded on the principle that respectable, safe, quality housing is imperative for everyone, including veterans and vulnerable communities alike, has announced today the launch of the Bernard Spain Campus of the organization’s inaugural Veterans Village, located in the Frankford neighborhood of Philadelphia.

The $6 million, 47-unit new construction permanent housing community and notably the first project spearheaded by the ‘VBC Giving Foundation, will serve according to the Foundation as a template for future modular housing projects serving seniors, veterans, children aging out of foster care abuse survivors and refugees.


Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania, has helped shape the building products industry for more than 115 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm’s slogan “Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed,” inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed is a leading North American brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, solar, fence, trim, insulation, drywall and ceilings.


Worldwide leader in light and sustainable construction, Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures and distributes materials and services for the construction and industrial markets. Its integrated solutions for the renovation of public and private buildings, light construction and the decarbonization of construction and industry are developed through a continuous innovation process and provide sustainability and performance. The Group’s commitment is guided by its purpose, “MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER HOME”.      

€51.2 billion in sales in 2022       

168,000 employees, located in 75 countries       

Committed to achieving Carbon Neutrality by 2050   

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Saint-Gobain in North America:
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Saint-Gobain Corporate Communications

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