Owens Corning drives recycling throughout its supply chain
The company increases use of recycled content in fiberglass insulation and masonry products and simplifies asphalt shingle recycling for end-to-end materials reduction process.
Owens Corning recently announced what it says are significantadvancements in the use of recycled content, end-of-life solutions and thecompany's collaboration with the recycling industry:
- Owens Corning Fiberglas insulation products are said to have thehighest certified recycled content for fiberglass insulation in North America. With an additional 10% recycledcontent, Owens Corning residential and commercial insulation products in North America now are made of at least half recycledglass content (minimum 50%).
- Owens Corning's Cultured Stone and ProStone brands are the firstmanufactured stone veneer products to receive third party validation forrecycled content. UL Environment Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary ofUnderwriters Laboratories, provided the third party testing and validationfor a minimum 35% recycled content.
- Owens Corning's Roofing business developed a program to simplifyshingle recycling for its Preferred Roofing Contractors. Through theprogram, Owens Corning connects roofing contractors with drop-off locationsand recycling centers run by Heritage Environmental Services. Heritage, aprivately-held environmental services company, provides dedicated,drop-off centers that will recycle and process shingle tear-offs for thematerials to be used in paving.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey