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Third L&W Supply branch earns OSHA star

BY HBSDEALER Staff

L&W Supply Corp. celebrated achieving the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star designation from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for the L&W Supply, Indianapolis Drywall Supply branch.

L&W is the distribution subsidiary of USG Corp.

Indianapolis is the third L&W Supply branch to achieve the Star designation, the highest recognition within OSHA’s VPP program, according to USG. OSHA officials presented the award to the branch’s 15 employees today, with L&W Supply senior management and customers also in attendance.

To attain the Star designation, employees, management and OSHA work together to implement safety and health programs and processes that go beyond OSHA regulations to further protect employees and promote safe operations. Fewer than 2,500 worksites of the more than 8 million in the United States have received the VPP Star designation.

“The L&W Supply team in Indianapolis achieved these results not just at the branch but while operating on job sites, where conditions change constantly and are often beyond employees’ control,” said Brendan Deely, president and CEO of L&W Supply, and executive VP of USG Corp. “It takes exceptional ability and focus to meet these exceptional challenges, and it’s why we are recognized as industry leaders in safety.”

L&W Supply is the largest specialty dealer in North America for drywall, ceilings, steel framing and other building materials, with more than 140 locations. Indianapolis Drywall Supply opened in 1970 as the first L&W Supply branch location. It supplies construction materials to builders, contractors and other customers in central Indiana. Like all L&W Supply branches, it specializes in delivering the materials and then stocking them throughout the job site. Despite the potential hazards posed by this process, the L&W Supply employees have established an exceptional safety record. The Indianapolis branch has not experienced a lost workday incident since December 2004.

Indianapolis Drywall Supply completed a rigorous application process to qualify for the Star designation, which included implementing new procedures and documentation. 

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Owens Corning announces purchase of facility in China

BY Ken Clark

Toledo, Ohio-based Owens Corning has announced a deal to purchase a bushing facility in China. 

Accoding to Owens Corning, the purchase provides a footprint to serve the fastest-growing glass fiber region in the world. 

Owens Corning struck a deal with Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo K.K and Tanaka Kikinzoku International K. K. (collectively referred as "Tanaka") to purchase Tanaka Kikinzoku (Suzhou) Co. (TKS). TKS is a producer of glass fiber bushings and other parts, which serve various glass industries in China and has been operating since 2006.  TKS will become a part of Owens Corning GlassMetal Services, a wholly owned business unit, which makes glass fiber bushings and related parts for the glass fiber industry.

This purchase only involves Tanaka’s TKS business. Both Owens Corning and Tanaka have other bushing business concerns globally.

"The acquisition of TKS gives Owens Corning the ability to better serve China, which is the largest and fastest-growing glass fiber country in the world," said Arnaud Genis, Owens Corning Composite Solutions Business president.

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AZEK crosses half-million tires milestone

BY Ken Clark

Scranton, Pa.-based AZEK Pavers, which offers a hardscape solution for backyards and driveways, has hit a milestone by diverting more than a half million scrap tires from landfills, the company announced 

Made with up to 95% recycled content, AZEK Pavers’ manufacturing to date is responsible for keeping more than 10 million pounds of scrap rubber and plastics out of U.S. landfills by utilizing recycled material from more than 535,000 scrap tires and 16 million plastic food containers and DVD cases. The AZEK Paver manufacturing process also uses 95% less energy and produces 96% less in CO2 emissions than the production of conventional concrete pavers, the company said.

AZEK Pavers, previously VAST Pavers, was first introduced to the market in 2007. In December 2012, AZEK Building Products completed its purchase of VAST Enterprises and the national rollout of the AZEK Paver product line.  

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