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Ohio USG plant receives OSHA Voluntary Protection Program Star

BY HBSDEALER Staff

In a town called Gypsum, Ohio, a USG Corp. manufacturing plant has been awarded the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star.

OSHA officials presented the award on Mon. during a ceremony at the plant, where USG Gypsum’s 230 employees were present.

“A few years ago the team was challenged with what we can do to further raise the bar on safety and decided that pursuing VPP Star status would modify our safety focus and make us better,” said Bill St. Leger, plant manager. “We greatly value our partnership with OSHA, and it has helped our team become even better at operating a safe workplace.”

The Gypsum plant’s record involves over 3.6 million safe work hours, as well as 2,517 days without a lost-time injury.

USG was also a founding member of the National Safety Council in 1914. In total, 12 USG plants and three L&W Supply branches have been awarded the Star.

The Star designation, the highest honor within the VPP, requires safety and health initiatives that go above and beyond standard OSHA regulations. USG Gypsum is one of fewer than 2,500 worksites (out of 8 million) across the U.S. to achieve the designation.

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3M Window Film builds two new facilities in Asia-Pacific region

BY HBSDEALER Staff

3M Company is expanding its presence in the Asia-Pacific region via two new manufacturing facilities for its window film business.

The facilities, located in China and Singapore, will help meet the growing demand for the company’s automotive, residential and commercial window films.

“3M’s investments in these new production sites are important to serve the growing needs and demand in the Asia-Pacific region," said Tim Thornton, global business director for 3M Window Film. "In addition to the plant investments, we continue to make substantial investments in research and development. The quality and quantity of exciting new products and technologies being developed in our labs is at an all-time high and reinforces 3M’s strong commitment to innovation."

The company has also made recent investments in its U.S. factories for clean coating and converting.

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LP sales increase 10% in third quarter

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Nashville, Tenn.-based Louisiana-Pacific Corp. (LP) reported third-quarter sales of $507 million, up 10% from the same quarter last year.

The company said OSB prices continued to decline in the quarter, resulting in lower eanrings. LP reported income from continuing operations of $38 million, up from $31 million in last year’s third quarter.

"Each of our business segments generated positive adjusted EBITDA in the quarter," said CEO Curt Stevens. 

He added: "We saw the pace of improvement in the housing market slow over the summer. However, the pace of permit activity, builder confidence and a slightly better economy should allow housing starts to grow in coming quarters." 

The company’s engineered wood products segment saw sales increase to $72 million, up from $62 million in the third quarter of 2012.

In the siding segment, sales of $149 million increased 11% from $134 million. 

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