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04.11.11

National Gypsum Launches High Strength Gypsum Board

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NATIONAL GYPSUM LAUNCHES HIGH STRENGTH LITE™ GYPSUM BOARD WITH PLATINUM CERTIFICATION FROM UL ENVIRONMENT Specialty Product Is First to Achieve Platinum Designation for ULE ISR 100

LAS VEGAS (April 6, 2011) – National Gypsum today announced that its new Gold Bond® BRAND High Strength LITE™ is the first gypsum board to achieve platinum-level certification under ULE ISR 100, which sets standard requirements for environmentally preferable gypsum board and panels. Platinum is the highest level achievable under ULE ISR 100, indicating superior environmental and human health attribute performance.

The announcement was made at the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry (AWCI) Convention and INTEX EXPO 2011 in Las Vegas.

“National Gypsum places a very high priority on developing products that contribute in a meaningful way to sustainable building design and construction,” said Tom Nelson, chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Our sustainability efforts are integrated in every aspect of how we conduct business. This independent, third-party review is a confirmation that our broader efforts are having a positive impact, and certifies our newest specialty gypsum board is truly a unique and environmentally preferable product manufactured in an environmentally responsible way.”

ULE ISR 100 evaluates products based on materials management, energy use, water use, manufacturing and operations, health and environment, product performance, product stewardship and innovative practices. The platinum designation is the highest possible certification.

“The ULE ISR 100 helps gypsum board manufacturers differentiate their products through thorough reviews and environmental performance evaluations,” said Steve Wenc, president of UL Environment. “As the first manufacturer to achieve a platinum designation, National Gypsum is showcasing its commitment to sustainable practices and, more importantly, offering customers even greater peace of mind.”

In addition to being the first gypsum product to earn the ULE ISR 100 platinum designation, High Strength LITE has achieved GREENGUARD Children & SchoolsSM Certification.

“We’re proud to offer the broadest line of gypsum and related products to have achieved the industry’s most stringent indoor air quality standards,” said Nelson.

The GREENGUARD Children & Schools certification requires rigorous sample testing, manufacturing process review and ongoing quarterly testing.

High Strength LITE is a specialty gypsum board formulated to be 25 percent lighter than original 1/2" high strength gypsum board. It is lightweight, sag-resistant and easy to handle, and can be used for walls and ceilings, eliminating the need for two different types of gypsum board on the job.

Currently produced at National Gypsum’s Mount Holly, N.C., plant, High Strength LITE is designed for use in non-fire rated single-layer construction where framing members are spaced up to 24 inches on-center. The board’s working properties include improved score and snap, reduced dust and improved strength-to-weight ratio. In addition, its face paper features GridMarX® guide marks to allow installers to quickly identify fastener lines for stud and joist framing as well as nail and screw patterns.

High Strength LITE is expected to be available in most East Coast markets by late summer. For more information, including additional regional rollout dates, go to highstrengthlite.info or call 1-800-NATIONAL for technical information. For more on UL Environment, go to ulenvironment.com.

About National Gypsum

National Gypsum is a fully integrated manufacturer and supplier of building products used worldwide. Primary emphasis is on Gold Bond® BRAND gypsum board; ProForm® BRAND drywall finishing products; PermaBase® BRAND cement board products; e2XP® Extended Exposure fiberglass mat products; an XP® family of abuse, impact, mold and moisture resistant products; and SoundBreak® XP®, an acoustically enhanced gypsum board. For more information, visit nationalgypsum.com.

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