Corning has been around since 1851. One of the company's earliest innovations was the bulb-shaped glass encasement for Thomas Edison's incandescent lamp ,and as electric light became commercially available, Corning figured out how to mass produce the bulbs bringing electric light to the world.
In the early 1900's, it discovered ways to make glass stronger and heat-resistant. This led to products like Pyrex and CorningWare.
Disclosure: Rod Hall, who is interviewed in this video, is a Goldman Sachs analyst. CORNING INCORPORATED is a client of Goldman Sachs.