Supplier News: National Gypsum opens new facility

National Gypsum Company, a leading producer of gypsum wallboard and drywall finishing products, was scheduled to open a new joint compound manufacturing facility in early June in Belcamp, Md., located 30 miles north of Baltimore and midway between Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. The company is closing its joint compound manufacturing operations in Baltimore.

National Gypsum has invested $15 million in the new plant, which has two fully automated production lines, including robotics and two state of the art mixers. The plant will employ 25 at startup and provide the full line of ProForm brand drywall finishing products including joint compound, setting compounds, textures and tape.

“This is the largest investment National Gypsum has made to date in our drywall finishing products business,” says Thomas Nelson, chief executive officer. “Belcamp will have the largest compound capacity in the NGC network.”

Samco Machinery rolls out Workhorse series
SN-Samco Ironclad pic.jpgSamco Machinery has built a new line of economical roll formers for customers who want all the essential features, without all the bells and whistles.

A Workhorse has the toughness and reliability Samco is known for, at a more affordable price. The Workhorse stable includes stud and track roll formers, roof panel roll formers, purlin roll formers, and uncoilers. Other industries including garage door, HVAC and shelving, also can use the Workhorse.

Samco is a roll form equipment designer and manufacturer with installations literally all around the world. Located only 30 minutes from the Toronto airport, technicians can be anywhere in no time.

Powers Fasteners releases new manual
Architects, engineers, and construction specifiers can find just about everything they would want to know about the hundreds of anchoring and fastening products and systems manufactured and marketed by Powers
Fasteners in the company’s fifth edition Specification and Design Manual.

The 390-page manual is a complete update to previous technical manuals and provides the latest in anchor technology, testing standards, construction codes and approval listings for every Powers product. It also contains up-to-date product approvals and listings, MSDS sheets, submittal packages, software tools, contact information, and copies of the Powers newsletter, Concrete Evidence.”

ArchWood lands products on GreenSpec Directory
Three brands of treated wood have been added to the GreenSpec Directory, a listing of environmentally preferable building products compiled by BuildingGreen, Inc., publishers of Environmental Building News. The review staff has chosen to include SillBor borate-treated wood, Wolmanized L3 Outdoor wood and FrameGuard mold-resistant wood. GreenSpec listing is recognized as a reliable source for green products.

“We are very happy that the GreenSpec people view these brands as we do,” said Huck DeVenzio, manager of marketing communications for Arch Wood Protection and Arch Treatment Technologies, which license the three brands. “Wood in general and these brands of treated wood particularly deserve recognition for their environmental attributes.”

SillBor borate-treated wood is appropriate for interior uses such as sill plate and framing. Wolmanized L3 wood is a new innovation in pressure-treated wood, protected by a nonmetallic, carbon-based preservative using organic chemistry and is intended for exposed, out-of-ground applications such as decking, rails, fence boards, and exterior trim. FrameGuard mold-resistant wood comprises lumber, trusses, OSB, SIPs and other wood products coated for resistance to mold and wood-destroying organisms. It also recently won an NAHB Green Building Award.

All three are made from a renewable resource, wood, which is treated to enhance durability in processes requiring less energy than many comparable building products.

Tritex adds production facilities in Northwest and Southeast
Tritex ICF Products added two production facilities to serve customers in the Pacific Northwest and southeastern United States. Tritex insulated concrete forms will be produced by Tegrant, formerly SCA Packaging of North America, in its Wilsonville, Ore., plant. In the Southeast, Tritex forms will be manufactured by Cellofoam in Orlando, Fla.

This brings the number of plants producing the Tritex ICFs to five. Other plants are located in Colorado Springs, Colo., Conyers, Ga., and Plymouth, Wis.

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