Owens Corning Named to '100 Best Companies to Work for in Latin America'

Aug 31, 2006, 01:00 ET from Owens Corning

    TOLEDO, Ohio, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Great Place to
 Work(R) Institute and Revista Epoca, a leading news magazine in Brazil,
 recently named Owens Corning (OTC Bulletin Board:   OWENQ.OB) one of the best
 places to work in Latin America. This is the third consecutive year that
 Owens Corning has been listed as one of the top 100 employers in the
     The selection process was based on research conducted by the Great
 Place to Work(R) Institute, a U.S.-based global workplace research and
 consulting firm. The Institute evaluated employees' opinions of their
 employers and workplace environments through an employee survey. Companies
 receiving the honor achieved high marks in the areas of credibility,
 respect, impartiality, pride and good fellowship.
     "Being recognized by the Great Place to Work(R) Institute and Revista
 Epoca magazine is a great tribute to our employees, and an affirmation of
 the culture that we have at Owens Corning," said Joseph High, senior vice
 president, Human Resources. "We are committed to offering an inspiring work
 environment that creates the best employee experience possible as we work
 together to deliver solutions, transform markets and enhance lives around
 the world."
     Owens Corning has had a presence in Brazil since 1979, when it
 established a plant in Rio Claro that today manufactures composite
 solutions for use in the automotive and telecommunication industries. The
 company also has operations in Mexico.
     "All around the world, Owens Corning improves the way people live, work
 and play by constantly asking ourselves how we can make things better,"
 said Carlos Valdez, vice president and managing director of Owens Corning
 Latin America. "This philosophy not only helps us create value for our
 customers, but it also helps us make Owens Corning a better place to work
 year after year."
     Great Place to Work(R) Institute, Inc. is a global research and
 consulting firm dedicated to "building a better society by helping
 companies transform their workplaces." Great Place to Work(R) Institute
 works with FORTUNE magazine, HR Magazine and other leading publications in
 28 countries around the world to publish and recognize the "Best Companies
 to Work for." Through its education, consulting and best companies list
 activities, Great Place to Work(R) Institute recognizes the world's best
 workplaces and provides information and advisory services to those who seek
 to create great workplaces of their own. In addition to its global
 headquarters in San Francisco, Great Place to Work(R) Institute has 28
 affiliates in countries throughout North America, South America, Europe and
 Asia. www.greatplacetowork.com
     Owens Corning is a world leader in building materials systems and
 composite solutions. A Fortune 500 company for more than 50 years, Owens
 Corning people redefine what is possible each day to deliver high-quality
 products and services ranging from insulation, roofing, siding and stone,
 to glass composite materials used in transportation, electronic,
 telecommunications and other high-performance applications. Since the
 company's founding in 1938, Owens Corning has become a market-leading
 innovator of glass fiber technology with sales of $6.3 billion in 2005 and
 20,000 employees in 26 countries. Additional information is available at

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