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USG wins OSHA recognition

BY Brae Canlen

USG Corp. has achieved the prestigious Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star designation from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at its Galena Park, Texas, manufacturing plant. Officials from OSHA presented the award on Nov. 29 to USG Galena Park’s 150 employees during a ceremony at the plant.

The Star is the highest recognition within OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program. To achieve it, 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. There are fewer than 2,500 worksites out of 8 million in all of the United States that hold the Star designation.

The Galena Park plant has an exceptional safety record, working more than 8,500 consecutive days without  lost-time injury and more than 8.5 million worked hours since the last workday incident.

“The Galena Park plant has a history of everyone working well as a team and focused on safety above everything else,” said Van Newcomer, plant manager. “This accomplishment validates our hard work and commitment to safety excellence. We are happy to be working in partnership with OSHA to ensure that we continue to uphold the highest standards in safety.”

USG began operations in Galena Park in 1956, first with the paper mill, followed by the board line in 1959 and joint treatment in 1997. The plant manufactures USG’s industry-leading Sheetrock brand gypsum panels, which are distributed throughout metropolitan Houston, South Texas and Southern Louisiana.

“Employees here and across the company buy into our core value of safety and own it,” said Don Schaefer, director, Safety and Fleet Operations. “At USG, we want to ensure safety remains the top priority, and the OSHA VPP Star is just one more step in the right direction to keeping our employees safe.”

USG and its distribution subsidiary, L&W Supply Corp., are recognized as industry leaders in safety. USG was a founding member of the National Safety Council, which started in 1914, almost 50 years before OSHA was founded. As a testament to the company’s safety focus, 12 of USG’s manufacturing plants and two L&W Supply branches are OSHA VPP Star worksites.

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Super Stud helps build school

BY Ken Clark

Edison, N.J.-based Super Stud Building Products said it is collaborating with Drywall Specialties on the Patrick Taylor Science and Technology Regional Academy expansion in Jefferson, La.

Nearly $300,000 worth of steel framing products, including The EDGE Steel Framing System, is being used to create the expansion.

“Contributing to the Patrick Taylor School project is a great opportunity, and we are glad to take part,” said Ray Frobosilo, president of Super Stud Building Products. “We are confident in our steel framing system, The EDGE, which is the safest drywall stud on the market. Therefore our customers are not only happy with the actual studs, but also the increased safety that goes with installing The EDGE.”

When the Patrick Taylor School announced plans to expand their campus in Jefferson, La., Drywall Specialties was designated to install all of the interior and exterior metal stud framing, sheet rock, insulation and acoustical ceilings. To complete the project, Drywall Specialties reached out to Super Stud for assistance, and the two companies connected to coordinate shop drawings.

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Ferguson hires hall of fame QB as spokesman

BY Ken Clark

Terry Bradshaw is no stranger to the home improvement arena. The former football quarterback and current sportscaster was recently a Kickoff Breakfast speaker at a Do it Best market in Indianapolis, a guest keynoter at a BMC sales meeting in Las Vegas, and years ago was the featured speaker at HCN’s own Pro Dealer Conference.

He’s now playing for Ferguson, the plumbing and HVC giant.

Newport News, Va.-based Ferguson, the largest wholesale distributor of plumbing supplies in the United States, hired Bradshaw as the spokesperson for Ferguson’s contractor business, which consists of commercial and residential plumbers, HVAC contractors, waterworks contractors, builders and remodelers. 

"When choosing a spokesperson, we wanted someone who could easily relate to our professional trade customers," said Ferguson’s director of marketing, John Gillespie. "Terry is an excellent fit because of his winning record on and off the field, and his professional yet humble style."

On a recent radio spot in the New York area, Bradshaw tells listeners: "Check out PRO Plus at Ferguson, and tell ’em Terry sent you."

PRO Plus is Ferguson’s new rewards program for frequent customers. In addition to receiving discounts and special offers on business products and services, customers enrolled in Ferguson PRO Plus can earn points for their purchases made on Ferguson Online. 

Ferguson is part of U.K.-based Wloseley plc, which used to own Stock Building Supply. Stock was acquired by the Gores Group in 2009.

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