Maze Nails earns ‘green’ honor

A top-rated independent third party evaluation and certification service, SCS Scientific Certification Systems in Emeryville, Calif., has certified Maze Stormguard Double Hot-Dipped Galvanized nails as “green” status for recycled content.

According to company president Roelif Loveland, “We’re very proud to have earned this important certification…it shows that Maze Nail continues to grow and evolve with the times!  Maze has always used recycled materials in our manufacturing process, and now the SCS certification assures our customers that it’s true!

“Thousands of companies make ‘green’ claims for their products —  but many of those claims are simply false. ‘Greenwashing’ is what that fib is called,” Loveland says. “Official SCS certification gives Maze the right to say our nails are truly ‘green’ and we know of no other nail manufacturer that has earned this important seal of approval!”

Builders and remodelers seeking to comply with green building programs such as LEED earn credit in the “Materials & Resources” (recycled content) category.

CertainTeed wallboard helps build dream home

St. Jude Dream Home in Hurricane, W. Va., is home to the first drywall ever manufactured at the new CertainTeed Gypsum Plant in nearby Moundsville, W. Va. To support the annual fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, CertainTeed is donating gypsum wallboard and roofing shingles that will be used in the house.

The 3,100-square-foot St. Jude Dream Home, to be auctioned as part of a fundraiser for the organization, will include 330 pieces of CertainTeed ProRoc wallboard and approximately 60 squares of CertainTeed Landmark designer shingles. The donation is being made in conjunction with The Contractor Yard in Charleston, W. Va.

“I cannot think of a better way to inaugurate the new Moundsville plant than through a contribution to this worthwhile, local project,” says Peter Dachowski, president and CEO of CertainTeed Corporation.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. The organization’s fund-raising efforts, such as the Dream Home Giveaway, help pay for children’s medical care and treatment.

Fypon identifies leading customer choices

Fypon, manufacturer of synthetic millwork, announced a Customers’ Choice program identifying its most popular products to assure inventory access from customers. The listing of more than 650 urethane pieces includes Fypon’s five best-selling products by volume of 2007, identified as corbels, dentil blocks, keystones, balusters and window crossheads.

“This program was designed to help streamline our customer’s purchasing procedures while identifying for them our most popular selling items,” according to Julie Wanstedt, product manager for Fypon.

 “We’re trying to help our customers increase their sales by focusing their attention on products that have a proven track record for success. Fypon is supporting the selling efforts of dealers by making these 650 products available in five days or less.”

Steelcraft squeezes lead time to 4 weeks

Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies Steelcraft division, Carmel, Ind., has reduced engineering and lead times on configured sound control doors and frames to less than one month, compared with industry standard lead times of six to eight weeks.

The STC 43 Sound Control Door and Frame system is the latest product to join the Steelcraft portfolio and is provided in cooperation with Overly Door Company, a leader in acoustic rated doors and frames. This cooperative relationship establishes a new lead-time benchmark for STC 43 rated openings and boasts the highest quality acoustic sound system, using standard Steelcraft hardware locations to fit seamlessly into the job specification.

One order at a single price covers the essential components and ships in one crate, including frame, door, automatic door bottom and gasketing, with additional options including electrified hinges, galvannealed material, fire labels, and paired opening configurations available, the company says.

Steelcraft marketing manager Matt Guise says, “The four-week shipment is wood-crated to maximize freight protection and minimize lost job time due to shipping damage. This assures that the Sound Control Door and Frame System is delivered in one place at one time on pace with standard four week material.”

With the Steelcraft Sound Control Door and Frame Systems, users of hospital patient privacy rooms, school band rooms, or office complex conference rooms experience greater overall sound control.

Lumber Liquidators joins Nascar lineup

Lumber Liquidators is the latest construction industry-related business to paint its name on the Nascar track. The Toano, Va.-based hardwood flooring retail chain announced its first Nascar Sprint Cup sponsorship and debuted at the Coca-Cola 600 on May 25.

The retailer sponsors Travis Kvapil and his Yates Racing Team — car number 28 — at the event at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C. At that time, according to Nascar, Kvapil was ranked 18th in Nascar driver point standings.

Tom Sullivan, CEO of Lumber Liquidators, says Lumber Liquidators has had a “successful history” sponsoring Nascar’s Craftsman Truck Series. Lumber Liquidators operates more than 130 specialty stores in the United States, selling solid and engineered flooring materials.

Sheffield grows, expands to serve customers

Sheffield Metals has completed a strategic growth initiative in the Western United States to better serve customers throughout the country with consistent service and shipping within three days, according to Mike Blake, president. In November 2007 Sheffield opened a full line facility in Mansfield, Texas, 20 minutes south of Dallas.

Nathan Johnson is on board as the Southwest sales manager. Kourtney DeParvine is inside sales representative.

In April 2008 Sheffield opened a Denver operation that stocks all of Sheffield’s 24-ga painted flat stock and most colors in 20 & 24-inch painted coil.  In addition to coil and flat sheets, Sheffield offers spin down services as well as slitting for custom coil widths.

Dale Showalter is the Western sales manager. Adam Mazzella is inside sales rep for the Denver facility.

Planet Green network features Met-Tile

Met-Tile, Inc., whose “cool roof” system combines the popular look of tile with Energy Star performance, was featured in an episode of “Renovation Nation,” a new television series on the Planet Green network. The episode was expected to air multiple times starting in June.

The segment, which centers on a visit to the Met-Tile factory in Ontario, Calif., includes a plant tour with company president Terry Holman and a discussion of what makes Met-Tile green. Renovation Nation producers selected Met-Tile for coverage because of the many green attributes of its roofing product.

In addition to earning an Energy Star for its solar reflectivity, Met-Tile is made of recyclable steel, it can be repainted instead of replaced after a number of years, and its light weight can translate into reduced substructure requirements during construction and renovation, saving on resources.

Planet Green, a new network launched by the Discovery Channel, has been billed as “the first and only 24-hour eco-lifestyle television network.

DuPont materials, funding help rebuild Kansas town

DuPont and four-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jeff Gordon are partnering with customers and making a donation of more than 30 innovative products and services worth nearly $750,000 to help rebuild homes and businesses in tornado-ravaged Greensburg, Kan. The donation also includes funding for two Habitat for Humanity homes.

The town was leveled by one of the largest tornados in U.S. history in 2007. Very few structures remained in the aftermath of the deadly F5 tornado and more than 1,500 people, who were displaced, are still waiting to return to their homes. Greensburg residents are rebuilding their town using sustainable materials.

Tom Schuler, vice president and general manager at DuPont Building Innovations said the materials, including key end-use products from DuPont customers, will provide a number of benefits to homeowners in Greensburg for safety and energy efficiency, using sustainable materials for both inside and outside their homes.

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