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California USG plant goes solar

BY HBSDEALER Staff

USG Corporation is installing a solar facility at its Plaster City, Calif., manufacturing plant via a Solar Energy Power Purchase and Sale Agreement (PPA) with Green Light Plaster City Solar 1 LLC.

The one megawatt photovoltaic system is expected to provide USG with predictable cost for its electricity usage for the next 20 years.

“We are always looking for opportunities for our plants to use solar energy, and it made a lot of sense to move forward with this renewable energy investment at our manufacturing plant in Plaster City,” said Al Zucco, senior director, Energy and Sustainability, USG. “This is an exciting project that demonstrates USG’s environmental stewardship and commitment to maintain environmentally-friendly operations.”

Beginning in September and ending in December, GLPCS1 will team up with local engineering firm ZGlobal, Inc. to install solar cells on eight acres of the site. 

According to the company, the installation is expected to bring in savings of over $1 million over 20 years.

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Trex’s website undergoes a redesign

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Trex Company has rolled out a newly redesigned website with enhanced content, navigation and user experience, as well as an upgraded mobile format.

The site also uses responsive design, with automatically optimizes the site for the visitor’s screen.

"Trex.com is a key resource and information hub not only for consumers, but also for our channel partners, investors and internal resources," said Adam Zambanini, VP marketing at Trex. "As these audiences increasingly access the web via tablets and mobile devices, our goal is to help them get to the information they want as quickly and easily as possible."

Other featuers include photo and video galleries, an online deck designer tool, a new blog, social media features and geolocation services that tell visitors where the nearest retailers and deck builders are located.

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Bayou City Lumber stocks shelves with fire-resistant products

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Citing the region’s prolonged periods of dry weather, Houston-based Bayou City Lumber has expanded its product offerings to include fire-resistant lumber.

"While it may slowly smolder and show some damage, fire-resistant lumber won’t become engulfed in flames that are allowed to spread to other parts of a structure," said the company in a statement. "Buckling, twisting, warping and disintegrating are avoided because the lumber is designed not to combust. This makes it the perfect choice for isolated areas where fire may have time to spread, and it’s ideal for protecting buildings from the threat of fire that spreads along a fence line."

The company also cited the lumber’s ability to prevent fires from spreading from one area of the house to another.

Bayou City Lumber’s fire-resistant lumber selection will include basic 2×4 frame materials; 2×10 timbers for added support, decks and other projects; and 4×8 plywood sheets for flooring, decking and walls.

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