August 1, 2012

Grip-Rite PrimeGuard MAX

July 13, 2012

Addressing the problem of time-consuming cleanup of drywall finishing projects, CertainTeed Gypsum is rolling out new products in the western United States.

Dust Away Reduced Airborne Dust Drywall Compound and Dust Away Renovation Mud feature innovative technology that reduces the amount of airborne dust generated through sanding by more than 70% compared with standard drywall compound.

The products were originally launched in the Canadian market in 2009.

July 5, 2012

USG Corp. has announced it will invest $60 million in a strategic partnership with the Zawawi Group of Oman to meet the growing demand for its wallboard products in the Middle East and India. The money will be invested over two years, with the majority in 2012.

June 29, 2012

The new Non-Penetrating LCD Moisture Meter with Tricolor Bar Graph from General Tools & Instruments offers professionals and DIYers a powerful and affordable tool, according to the New York City-based manufacturer.

The MMD7NP measures the moisture content of hardwood, softwood, drywall, masonry or concrete. It can also detect moisture below the surface of carpets and subflooring; and locating water leaks above ceilings, below floors or behind walls. 

May 16, 2012

USG Corp.’s Sheetrock Ultralight panels are available at Home Depot stores nationwide, according to blog site The product, first tested in 2010, weighs anywhere from 15 to 24 lbs. less than typical gypsum board, depending on the size. It can be used with a 40% lighter joint compound released in January 2012.

April 16, 2012

A product linked to the Environmental Protection Agency’s lead paint rule has been approved for use on drywall and plaster.

The 3M LeadCheck Swabs, in compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP), are now recognized by the EPA for use on drywall and plaster.

The swaps are designed to turn red in the presence of lead and were the first commercially available lead test kit recognized by the EPA for use on painted wood and metal. 

January 6, 2012

A landmark settlement in toxic drywall cases was reached last month, one that may bring relief to thousands of homeowners and put an end to hundreds of state and federal cases filed against insulation manufacturers. 

January 6, 2012

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics said its Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound and Sealant is now available at Menards stores.

Previously, Green Glue products were obtainable only through the Green Glue website or a network of specialty acoustic distributors. Now the products are available for contractors, DIYers and home theater enthusiasts to purchase directly in the building materials section of 232 Menards stores in the Midwest, the company said.

December 15, 2011

A landmark settlement in toxic drywall cases was reached today, one that may  bring relief to thousands of homeowners and put an end to hundreds of state and federal cases filed against insulation manufacturers.  

November 13, 2011

PPG Industries, one of the leading manufacturers of paint and architectural coatings, has released a line of zero-VOC (volatile organic compound) paint for the commercial market. Speedhide, an existing line, will now offer Speedhide zero interior paint as a one-stop solution for contractors, building owners and facility managers looking for durability, affordability and long-lasting performance, according to the company.

September 16, 2011

The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), in its final report on tainted drywall, has issued a set of updated recommendations that may lower the cost of remediation for some homeowners.

The updated remediation guidance is based on studies just completed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on potential long term corrosion effects of problem drywall on gas piping, fire sprinkler heads, and smoke alarms. 

September 8, 2011

Banner Supply Co., the Miami-based drywall distributor, has agreed to pay $53 million to settle a class-action lawsuit claiming it sold defective drywall imported from China. The settlement offer, which is still subject to court approval, will be deposited into an escrow account for plaintiffs who claim their houses need remedial work after being built with toxic drywall.

Banner and its insurers deny any wrongdoing, pointing out that the company never manufactured the drywall it sold or delivered. 

September 1, 2011

The Chinese Drywall Complaint Center, a self-described consumer interest group, said it intends to expand its investigations involving toxic or defective imported Chinese-made building products. 

In a statement released yesterday, the group claimed the problem of defective drywall deserves more attention from the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission and President Obama. Also, the group raised concern over imported Chinese leather furniture.

August 30, 2011

USG Corp., a manufacturer of Sheetrock and other building materials, will close eight of its L&W Supply distribution branches by the end of the third quarter, according to an Aug. 25 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The Chicago–based company will also shutter its Nevada custom door and frame business.

August 7, 2011

Centre Lane Partners, a New York-based private equity firm, has become the new owners of The Merit Group, a distributor of paint sundry- and drywall-related products. The company will continue to operate under the current management team and business structure, according to the announcement. 

July 26, 2011

Buffalo Business First has reported that Saint-Gobain Adfors earlier this month began making in New York drywall tape that it used to make in China.

The Albion, N.Y., facility is Saint-Gobain's North American headquarters. The newspaper reported that the cause of the shift in location was a need to better control aesthetics and packaging, which are important purchase factors in the Japanese market, the destination of the products.

July 17, 2011

An article in the Tampa Tribune reported that a Tampa builder who agreed to move families out of homes built with toxic Chinese drywall and make the necessary repairs has now rescinded the offer.  

June 29, 2011

Liquid Nails Adhesive has launched an acoustical sound sealant (AS-825), an elastic, durable sealant designed to reduce sound transmission in all types of wall systems.

Available alongside Liquid Nails Brand Drywall Adhesive (DWP-24) at building material distributors nationwide, Acoustical Sound Sealant remains flexible, has a very low odor, is VOC compliant and can be cleaned with water.

June 16, 2011

One of the largest Florida suppliers of tainted drywall has reached a preliminary settlement with a group of plaintiffs, counsels for the parties announced June 15. 

The insurers of Banner Supply Co. and its various subsidiaries have agreed to pay $55 million to homeowners in Florida who claim their homes were built with contaminated Chinese drywall.  

June 10, 2011

Mannington Mills, a 96-year-old flooring company headquartered in Salem, N.J., has found a way to incorporate vinyl tile scraps and recycled drywall into its manufacturing process in an effort to generate less waste, according to an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

June 7, 2011

The Merit Group, a nationwide distributor of paint sundries that does business as Lancaster and Five Star, has announced the appointment of Mike Smith as its new VP procurement. Smith will succeed Pat Rourke, who served as VP procurement since 2003.

Smith has been in the role of president of Merit Supply, a division of the Merit Group specializing in the automotive aftermarket, for the past 11 years and will continue to oversee this division in his new role. Prior to that, Smith held the positions of VP purchasing and purchasing director from 1992 to 2000. 

May 19, 2011

Allied Building Products, one of the industry’s leading distributors of exterior building products, is adding solar panels and accessories to its lineup in a special pro-oriented display. Solar products will have a dedicated area within Allied's Contractor Tool Center, which the company opened on May 12 at its East Rutherford, N.J., headquarters. 

May 16, 2011

Diboll, Texas-based Temple-Inland expanded its GreenGlass family of products to include a tile backer.

GreenGlass features a built-in, moisture-blocking acrylic coating that resists water penetration through its surface, plus a water-resistant gypsum core formulated to include the TemShield Mold Protection System. Faced on both sides with naturally mold- and moisture-resistant fiberglass mats, this combination has been shown to be highly mold-resistant in tests.

March 18, 2011

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued updated “remediation protocol” on March 18 to consumers and contractors dealing with problem drywall.