The Nuts and Bolts: March 25, 2013

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SHEETROCK® Brand UltraLight Panels First and Only ICC ES Compliant Panel for Ceilings

Last week, SHEETROCK® announced that their UltraLight panels are now compliant with ICC Evaluation Services for installation on ceilings. “SHEETROCK® Brand UltraLight Panels, already the lightest 1/2" panels available on the market today, just got even better,” said Diane Earll, senior director, wallboard product management, USG Building Systems. “We are thrilled that our customers can use just one lightweight panel for walls and ceilings, creating less waste and faster installations.”

Ace Hardware Breaks Ground on Retail Support Center in Wilmer, Texas

This month Ace Hardware broke ground on a new state-of-the-art distribution center in Wilmer, TX. The distribution center will serve Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma and will be 450,00 square feet in size. City officials met with representatives from Ace Hardware at Sunridge Business Park for the groundbreaking ceremony. “The City of Wilmer would like to welcome its newest corporate affiliate, Ace Hardware Corporation,” said Mayor Casarez. “Ace joins several other nationally known companies who have recognized the possibilities that exist in our small South Dallas County community. We believe that the affiliation being formed between Ace Hardware Corporation and the City of Wilmer is a win-win situation for all parties involved and will help further solidify Wilmer as the logistics hub of Dallas County.”

U.S. Energy Information Administration Reports

U.S. Energy Information Administration has released data this month showing a decrease in total energy consumption in the manufacturing sector by 16 percent for 2002 to 2010. Along with the data shows a decrease in manufacturing output by 3 percent. “The significant decline in energy intensity reflects both improvements in energy efficiency and changes in the manufacturing output mix. Consumption of every fuel used for manufacturing declined over this period.”

The Energy Information Administration pointed out that manufacturing accounted for 11 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2010, defining the manufacturing industry as companies dealing with “petroleum refining, chemicals, aluminum, iron and steel, paper, wood products, and food, as well as less energy-intensive industries such as textiles, leather, apparel, furniture, machinery, and electrical equipment.”