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April 16, 2012

A product linked to the Environmental Protection Agency’s lead paint rule has been approved for use on drywall and plaster.

The 3M LeadCheck Swabs, in compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP), are now recognized by the EPA for use on drywall and plaster.

The swaps are designed to turn red in the presence of lead and were the first commercially available lead test kit recognized by the EPA for use on painted wood and metal. 

January 6, 2012

A landmark settlement in toxic drywall cases was reached last month, one that may bring relief to thousands of homeowners and put an end to hundreds of state and federal cases filed against insulation manufacturers. 

January 6, 2012

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics said its Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound and Sealant is now available at Menards stores.

Previously, Green Glue products were obtainable only through the Green Glue website or a network of specialty acoustic distributors. Now the products are available for contractors, DIYers and home theater enthusiasts to purchase directly in the building materials section of 232 Menards stores in the Midwest, the company said.

December 15, 2011

A landmark settlement in toxic drywall cases was reached today, one that may  bring relief to thousands of homeowners and put an end to hundreds of state and federal cases filed against insulation manufacturers.  

September 16, 2011

The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), in its final report on tainted drywall, has issued a set of updated recommendations that may lower the cost of remediation for some homeowners.

The updated remediation guidance is based on studies just completed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on potential long term corrosion effects of problem drywall on gas piping, fire sprinkler heads, and smoke alarms. 

August 7, 2011

Centre Lane Partners, a New York-based private equity firm, has become the new owners of The Merit Group, a distributor of paint sundry- and drywall-related products. The company will continue to operate under the current management team and business structure, according to the announcement. 

June 29, 2011

Liquid Nails Adhesive has launched an acoustical sound sealant (AS-825), an elastic, durable sealant designed to reduce sound transmission in all types of wall systems.



Available alongside Liquid Nails Brand Drywall Adhesive (DWP-24) at building material distributors nationwide, Acoustical Sound Sealant remains flexible, has a very low odor, is VOC compliant and can be cleaned with water.

June 10, 2011

Mannington Mills, a 96-year-old flooring company headquartered in Salem, N.J., has found a way to incorporate vinyl tile scraps and recycled drywall into its manufacturing process in an effort to generate less waste, according to an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

May 16, 2011

Diboll, Texas-based Temple-Inland expanded its GreenGlass family of products to include a tile backer.

GreenGlass features a built-in, moisture-blocking acrylic coating that resists water penetration through its surface, plus a water-resistant gypsum core formulated to include the TemShield Mold Protection System. Faced on both sides with naturally mold- and moisture-resistant fiberglass mats, this combination has been shown to be highly mold-resistant in tests.

April 13, 2011

LP’s Flameblock sheathing, a fire-resistant oriented strand board (OSB), has earned a UL listing from the Underwriters Laboratories Canada (ULC). This listing followed three rounds of fire testing by ULC, satisfying requirements for use of the ULC label on the product. The testing was conducted at ULC’s fire testing facility in Toronto, Ontario.

March 18, 2011

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued updated “remediation protocol” on March 18 to consumers and contractors dealing with problem drywall. 

February 1, 2011

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in a report provided to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), has found no evidence linking exposure to “problem” drywall and 11 deaths.

January 17, 2011

Chicago-based USG Corp., makers of the Sheetrock brand of wall board, announced they have expanded distribution of their new Sheetrock UltraLight panels.

October 31, 2010

Whoever conjured up the phrase “toxic Chinese drywall” must have been prescient. No other word...

October 20, 2010

Chicago-based USG Corp., parent company of North American Gypsum and owner of the Sheetrock brand,...

October 4, 2010

A South Dakota couple who claim their house was built with toxic drywall has named...

November 23, 2008

Looking for a glimmer of hope in the housing market? Look down, specifically at the...

November 11, 2008

Citing the decline in housing starts in the Southeast, CertainTeed Gypsum will suspend production of...

September 21, 2008

PrimeSource Building Products has made its second acquisition this year, purchasing Compass International, an Anaheim,...

July 27, 2008

The company recorded $40 million in losses, swinging from a year-ago profit of $56 million...

June 25, 2008

Robert Rugg, a former executive for the Drake Group, James Hardie’s gypsum division and USG,...

October 22, 2007

Following the elimination of 1,100 positions, the company said it is “prepared to make further...

September 9, 2007

Demand for drywall will increase by 2 percent annually, according to the Freedonia Group....

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