That has been true for much of the company's history, with products ranging from railroad signal lenses to flat-panel glass for liquid crystal displays.
Corning's genius has been in refining, adapting and improving products already on the market and in finding ways to produce them more efficiently.
That's what the Twin Tiers' largest employer hopes to do with one of its newest projects -- glass that kills bacteria and viruses that come into contact with it.
Although it sounds like something from a science fiction film, anti-bacterial glass already exists.
One version, made by Brussels-based AGC Glass Europe, kills 99 percent of the bacteria that come in contact with it for at least five seconds, the manufacturer claims.
AGC's product, which uses glass treated with silver to create its anti-bacterial properties, is aimed at customers in health care settings such as hospitals, nursing homes and dental practices.