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Midwest

H.B. Fuller Construction Products Inc.

senior vice president of
global construction traci
jensen takes pride in the
company's teamwork.

grout that is stain and crack resistant and has strength that allows the
grout to be used in heavy commercial
environments, like car showrooms.
The company has grown from $110
million in sales in 2009 to $270 million today, which Jensen attributes
in part to its increased retail presence. The company started working
with Lowe's in 2007, increasing its
presence there in 2014. H.B. Fuller
Construction Products that year
also began offering products at
Menard's stores. "We're proud that
our innovations have driven our
growth," she notes.

A Quality Process
H.B. Fuller Construction Products
serves three business segments. The
company's industrial group produces coatings, sealants and adhesives
for the thermal insulation, indoor
air quality, asbestos abatement and
HVAC markets. This segment, which
includes the ChildersĀ® and FosterĀ®
product brands, enjoys a dominant
global marketshare, Jensen says.
The company's second business
segment is tile installation products
such as mortars and grouts, flooring
adhesives and surface preparation
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idential contractors. Premixed grouts
and other flooring and tile installation
products are also targeted to do-ityourselfers at retail home improvement stores.
Concrete repair and restoration
products, which are used in environments like concrete roads and bridges, make up H.B. Fuller Construction
Products' third business segment.
H.B. Fuller Construction Products operates manufacturing plants
in California, Texas, Illinois, Florida,
Georgia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The Dalton, Ga.-plant produces
water-based adhesives used to apply
carpets and other soft flooring, while
a plant in Houston makes water and
solvent-based products for the company's industrial group.
The company's other six plants
manufacture powder-based goods,
which make up the majority of its
product offerings. Powder-based
products consist of cement, sand and
various other ingredients.
Each manufacturing facility includes mixing and blending lines as
well as packaging lines. The powder
goods manufacturing plants include
high-speed mixers that can complete
a product batch in less than 10 minutes, Jensen notes.
Manufacturing staff tests product
consistency at the beginning, middle
and end of a product batch. Products
are also tested for color consistency.
All of H.B. Fuller Construction
Products' manufacturing employees
go through extensive training before
working on the company's formulation lines. Employees initially work
on the packaging line to gain experience before moving over to formulation, where they work with a seasoned employee for several months.
Employees also receive training
in lean manufacturing principles in-

cluding 5S and root cause analysis,
Jensen says.
The company's dedication to continuous improvement, as reflected in
its lean manufacturing program, led it
to recently make a major investment
in its facilities.
H.B. Fuller Construction Products
this fall is expanding its manufacturing facility at its corporate headquarters in Aurora. The facility will allow
closer collaboration between manufacturing operations and the company's corporate staff.
"I'm proud of the collaboration and
teamwork that we now have here,"
Jensen says. "Having our R&D and
manufacturing teams working together [in one location] has really
allowed us to optimize our formulations and make the best products possible for our end-users." mt
STI Polymer is proud to be working with a quality

company like H.B. Fuller. Customers in the flooring
industry frequently turn to STI for our polymers to
achieve the high tack and shear they need in their adhesive products. In addition to our wide range of Saitack
products, STI offers custom formulas and manufacturing to cater to your application requirements. STI was
born from a strong technical history and is investing
in more R&D resources every day. Perfectly sized to
maintain deep connections with our customers, we
handle complex products, move fast and generally jump
through hoops for a living to give your products the
edge you need.

OMNOVA Solutions Inc. is a global innovator
of performance-enhancing chemistries and surfaces
used in products for a variety of commercial, industrial
and residential applications including building and construction. Our additives for paints, masonry coatings,
sealants and stains enhance coverage, adhesion and
aesthetics. Likewise, our binder technology improves
the strength of gypsum wallboard, roofing tile fabrics,
ceiling tile, carpeting and concrete. Various tapes and
adhesives, such as painter's tape, utilize a combination
of OMNOVA adhesives, release coatings and saturants.
Other chemicals used in construction and architecture
include elastomeric modifiers and antioxidants for window gaskets and other rubber and plastic components.
Haver & Boecker USA is a leading manufacturer

of diversified processing, storing, mixing, filling, packing,
palletizing, loading and automation solutions. We
supply innovative technologies with numerous degrees
of automation for customer-specific applications and
requirements for various products. Our solutions
always assure consistent high quality, meet required
production rates, environmentally-friendly operation
and user-friendly interfaces and maintenance.


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