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Masonry veneer competition calls for entries

BY HBSDealer Staff

The Masonry Veneer Manufacturers Association (MVMA) announced its third annual MVMA Design Awards, a program created to recognize the work of industry professionals who are setting trends by featuring manufactured stone veneer in their projects. 

“Our goal is to recognize leaders in the Manufactured Stone industry by highlighting their design successes,” said Mike Fischer, MVMA general manager. “This year’s theme of ‘Natural Beauty Fashioned in Stone’ aims to showcase the beauty and authenticity of Manufactured Stone.”

The entry deadline is Dec. 31, 2011. All entries will be submitted online at MasonryVeneerDesignAwards.com.

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USG board elects new chairman

BY HBSDEALER Staff

USG Corp. has announced that chairman William Foote will retire from the company and its board of directors, effective Dec. 1, 2011. The board has elected James Metcalf, USG’s president and CEO, to the post of chairman of the board, effective upon Foote’s retirement.

Foote, who joined USG in 1984, served as USG’s chairman since 1996, after having been elected CEO in 1995 and president in 1994.

"It has been an honor and a privilege to lead this great company for the last 15 years," Foote said. "I have great confidence in the company’s leadership team and its future. I will sincerely miss the many friendships I have developed throughout the company and the industry over the years. I will always be grateful to our board of directors for their steadfast support and wise counsel." 

Under Foote’s leadership, he resolved the company’s legacy asbestos liabilities and led USG through a Chapter 11 restructuring to protect shareholders from lawsuits. During his tenure, the company also launched a large-scale modernization of its manufacturing operations in the late 1990s that added more than five billion sq. ft. of low-cost wallboard manufacturing capacity. Foote also directed the expansion of USG’s specialty distribution business, L&W Supply Corp.

Metcalf, who joined the company in 1980, was elected to the USG board in 2008 and became CEO January 2011.

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Universal appoints new general counsel

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Universal Forest Products has named David Tutas as general counsel of the corporation. He succeeds Matthew Missad, who was appointed CEO earlier this year.

Tutas joined Universal as an attorney in 2003. In 2007, he was named director of the legal department at Universal. Before he joined the company, Tutas was an attorney with the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based firm of Nantz, Litowich, Smith & Girard.

"Dave Tutas’ legal expertise, his knowledge of our company and business, his work ethic and unquestionable character and integrity make him the perfect person for this important position," Missad said. "He will provide sound legal counsel to our company and board as we grow and develop in the coming years, and in many markets and industries."

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