>> Firestone Building Products To Acquire Gaco Western
Firestone Building Products Company, LLC ("Firestone") announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Gaco Western ("Gaco"), a leader in innovative silicone roofing systems and provider of top-tier waterproofing and spray foam insulation solutions for a variety of commercial and residential applications. The acquisition strengthens Firestone’s industry leadership in commercial roofing and offers positions in residential and commercial building products, reinforcing its commitment to be a leader in the building envelope solution. Firestone Building Products is part of Bridgestone Americas, the largest subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company.
>> How Drones Are Building a Better Construction Industry
Back in 2012, the Federal Aviation Administration predicted just 30,000 drones would fill the nation’s skies in 2020. However, right now, about 2.5 million drones regularly traverse America’s airspace, with 500,000 of those belonging to commercial organizations. In March 2016, the FAA updated its forecast to project that 7 million will buzz above us by 2020.
>> Lapolla Improves Spray Foam Yield, Performance
A spray polyurethane foam insulation said to be the first to eliminate ozone depletion and reduce the impact of global warming has been enhanced by Houston-based Lapolla Industries Inc. as company officials work to gain its acceptance around the world.
>> Graco's Applied Fluid Technology Division Introduces Rewards Program and New Products for the Spray Foam and Polyurea Industry
The Applied Fluid Technology Division of Graco Inc. (NYSE:GGG), a leading manufacturer of fluid handling equipment, is pleased to announce the launch of My Graco Rewards, an online rewards program designed for North American contractors and authorized Graco® Applied Fluid Technology Division distributors buying genuine foam and polyurea equipment, parts and accessories. The points-based program allows users to earn points on purchases, which can be redeemed for rewards such as Graco products, gift cards, merchandise from an online catalog or existing airline or hotel reward programs.
>> ASHRAE Recognizes Outstanding Industry and Society Achievements
Fifty-five people were recognized for their contributions to ASHRAE and the industry at the Society’s 2017 Winter Conference, Jan. 28-Feb. 1, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
>> Demilec Unveils New Spray Foam Formulation
Texas-based Demilec now offers a medium-density closed-cell spray foam made with a hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) blowing agent, the next generation of chemistry for the industry, according to a Green Building Advisor article.