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USG
Midwest

www.usg.com / Headquarters: Chicago / Employees: Approx. 6,600 / Al Zucco, vice president
of sustainable supply chain: "Our commitment to doing things right is what propels us."

Setting Standards

being a pioneer in sustainability has helped usg
be a innovator in its market. by eric slack

For more than 100 years, USG has
created a portfolio of groundbreaking
products and supported its customers
with exceptional service. Today, USG
is a manufacturer and distributor of
innovative, high-performance building systems through subsidiaries such
as United States Gypsum Company
and USG Interiors, as well as its USG
Boral Building Products joint venture.
Headquartered in Chicago, USG's
worldwide operations serve the commercial, residential, and repair and
remodel construction markets. The
company's wall, ceiling, exterior
sheathing, flooring underlayment and
roofing systems provide leading-edge
building solutions. The company has
more than 50 manufacturing locations across North America.
"USG is an industry-leading innovator in building materials," Vice
President of Sustainable Supply
Chain Al Zucco says. "We have led the
industry in providing building science, testing and solutions, which has
established us as a highly innovative
company. Our safety culture is our
top priority, and our commitment to
doing things right is what propels us."

Lean and Green
Sustainability is one of the areas
where USG works to set itself apart
from competitors. The company focused on sustainable product innovations long before those terms became
chic, but it is also well aware of modern trends and attitudes. Its customers are increasingly looking for environmentally friendlier products.

usg is dedicated to being more
transparent about the potential
health and environmental impacts
of building products.

"Our Sheetrock Brand UltraLight
wallboard panels are 30 percent
lighter and use less energy and water in manufacturing and transportation. That's just one example of
how we're improving the way we use
resources," Zucco says. "Plus, the
lighter product makes it easier for
installers to use. That focus on reducing weight of the product helped
customers in the field while also
meeting environmental goals."
USG is on a mission to achieve its
EcoBlueprint goals by 2020: to reduce
its waste sent to landfills by 50 percent, to achieve greenhouse gas emission reductions of 20 percent, and to
have lifecycle assessments in place

for 100 percent of its product families. Another area that is a big focus is
achieving more transparency on the
potential health and environmental
impacts of building products by providing health product declarations
and product attribute reports.
Additionally, the company relies on
UL GREENGUARD to certify that its
products are low VOC emitters, and
more than 200 of its products are now
so certified. Beyond that, USG has
adopted the Architecture 2030 Challenge for its ceilings and wallboard
product portfolios. The challenge is
focused on the reduction of fossil fuel
consumption in buildings through design and building products' embodNOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2016 manufacturing-today.com

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