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International Awards and Recognition Highlight Achievements in Innovation, Customer Support and Sustainability at CertainTeed Gypsum


(Tampa, Fla.) – CertainTeed Gypsum is capping off the year with a record number of independently judged awards that showcase industry-first, innovative, sustainable products and the company’s commitment to environmental stewardship. The Wall Street Journal, This Old House and Architectural Record are among the 12 esteemed organizations bestowing honors on CertainTeed Gypsum. The awards recognize the company’s leadership in product and process innovation, sustainability, customer service, marketing and employee health initiatives.

“We are thrilled to be recognized for our leadership in innovative product design and commitment to sustainability,” says John Donaldson, president of CertainTeed Gypsum. “Through our world class team of employees, CertainTeed Gypsum is inspiring and cultivating excellence in building science, quality and service.”

A key driver behind the wave of high profile recognition was the introduction of AirRenew®, a ground-breaking, industry-first gypsum board that actively removes volatile organic compounds (VOCs), specifically formaldehyde and other aldehydes, for up to 75 years from air circulating indoors. Honors and recognition include:

• The Wall Street Journal “Technology Innovation Awards”
• This Old House “Top 100 Best New Home Products”
• Architectural Record “Product Reports Award”
• Architectural Products “Product Innovation Award”
• Builder News “Best Products R&D Award”
• Walls & Ceilings “Most Requested Product”
• Frost & Sullivan “Product Innovation Award”

In addition, AirRenew shared the spotlight with Diamondback™ Tile Backer, receiving a “Product Innovation Award” from Architectural Products magazine. The independent panel of judges – which included architects, designers and editors – recognized CertainTeed with a third, company award for “Market Leader – Innovation in Sustainability.”

Moreover, Architectural Record acknowledged the stellar marketing communications efforts of CertainTeed Gypsum with an “Advertising Excellence Award” for a print advertisement featuring SilentFX™ noise-reducing gypsum board, as well as recognition as a finalist for the company’s overarching sustainability advertisement. Showcasing corporate healthy lifestyle programs, the Tampa Bay Business Journal crowned the local business leader with its “Healthiest Employer Award.” Rounding out the top honors and highlighting CertainTeed Gypsum’s ability to provide unparalleled service, one of the largest walls and ceilings distributor cooperatives, AMAROK, presented the company with its 2011 Vendor of the Year award.

Offering a broad range of gypsum and finishing products for interior and exterior needs, CertainTeed Gypsum has served the North American building industry for more than 80 years and is a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s leading producer of gypsum products. This, in combination with the full range of affiliated CertainTeed Corporation building products, provides architects, contractors, builders and dealers one partner to provide service and support for commercial and residential building projects.

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About CertainTeed

Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., has helped shape the building products industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed® is North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, foundations, pipe, insulation, gypsum, ceilings and access covers.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building products company, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 6,000 employees and more than 65 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. Recognized as a 2009 and 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, CertainTeed earned the 2011 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award, the highest level of recognition for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. The group had total sales of approximately $3 billion in 2010.


Photo Caption: The CertainTeed Gypsum leadership team showcases recent awards. From left, Mike Urso — Vice President, Product Innovation; Peter Mayer — Vice President, Process Innovation; Dan Kennard — Vice President, Marketing; John Donaldson — President.