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Eco Building Products sets sights on brushfire-prone Australia

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Eco Building Products is expanding its market to Australia, with products hitting the shelves potentially before the end of the year via its Australian affiliate and sales agency, Eco Red Building Products Australia PTY LTD.

The company cited the country’s significant termite problem and the impending Australian summer, known for its brushfires and hot, dry climate, as a motivating factor in this strategic expansion.

"Australia has had its share of devastating events caused by fires, and we are very excited about introducing Eco Red Shield protected lumber products to this market," said Shawn Simmons, operations manager at Eco Red Building Products Australia. "We are certain that these products have the potential to protect many properties and lives, and are confident that the authorities also recognize the need."

"We see a huge demand in Australia for ECOB’s range of defensive products," added Damian Bartholomeusz, manager of finance & regulations in Australia. "Through ECOB, we see that we can educate the community that there are cost-effective solutions now available, capable of preventing and managing these seasonal disasters and the associated costly damage in their own back yard."

Steve Conboy, president and CEO of Eco Building Products, Inc., said the company plans to create demand first while determining where to set up the first coating facility.

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Dave Mumford steps in as Kraus USA president

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Carpet and flooring dealer Kraus Group has appointed Dave Mumford as president of its USA division.

"Dave Mumford is a tireless champion of customer service, and with his extensive knowledge and experience in the flooring industry, I am looking forward to seeing him take Kraus USA to the next level of growth", said Steve Malinowski, president and CEO of the Kraus Group of Companies. "Dave has exhibited tremendous dedication and belief in the new Kraus, and I am very pleased to be able to make this announcement today."

Mumford has been with Kraus for a total of 30 years, having joined the company when the US division was operating as Source. His previous roles with Kraus included VP US Sales, regional sales manager and territory sales representative.

”The improvements that have been demonstrated by the new management team at Kraus has created an exciting time of incredible potential for Kraus", said Mumford. "I look forward to taking on the responsibilities and challenges as President of the US division."

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Owens Corning maintains sustainability status

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Owens Corning has been placed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) for the fourth consecutive year, named this year as the Industry Leader for the DJSI World Building Products component.

"This is a milestone year on many levels for Owens Corning, including the celebration of today’s news and the year-long celebration of our company’s 75th anniversary," said chairman and CEO Mike Thaman. "One of the keys to our success yesterday, today and especially tomorrow, is the energy our people put toward our sustainability strategy."

The DJSI World Index is made up of prominent companies who have made significant steps in sustainable economic, environmental and social initiatives.

"Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the world that we leave to the future is this company’s unwavering commitment," said Owens Corning chief sustainability officer Frank O’Brien-Bernini. "Our people continue to prove that our customers, our communities, our employees and our investors can see significant benefits from that strategy."

Owens Corning recently reported some of the following achievements in its 7th Sustainability Report:

• Eleven consecutive years of safety improvement;
• Introduction of company-wide policy to prohibit cell phone usage while driving;
• Achieved all seven of its first 10-year environmental footprint goals;
• Reduced greenhouse gas emissions;
• Completed several water use reduction projects; and
• Achieved more than 60% shingle recycling availability.

The DJSI World Index tracks the stock performance of various companies in terms of economic, environmental and social criteria to aid investors with an eye toward sustainability considerations.

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