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1970s – Move from Buffalo

The company moved its corporate headquarters from Buffalo to Dallas, TX, in 1976. This involved 60 people and created quite a stir in Buffalo. Two years later, it moved its largest division, Gold Bond Building Products, to Charlotte, NC. The Gold Bond Trailblazer was built and commissioned in Japan. The Wilmington Plant opened.

Audio visuals including slides and movies used in sales presentations and training.

Company made hostile takeover bid for H.H. Robertson, a building supply company. The takeover did not occur because the combined merger might have been a violation of anti-trust laws.

December 31 – PEG (Production Engineering Group) began operations in Phoenix. PEG supports all plants for equipment repair and maintenance as well as new installations.

Ed Killian becomes president of Gold Bond Building Products Division.

 

July 15 – Six companies and 10 executives from the gypsum industry, including National Gypsum and executives, Colon Brown and Jay Nicely, are convicted of price fixing in violation of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act. These convictions were reversed on appeal in January 1977 by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

December 10 – U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismisses the Justice Department's anti-trust civil lawsuit against National Gypsum.

January 28 – After board of directors meeting, Colon Brown announces the company will move its headquarters from Buffalo to Dallas.

February 18 – Colon Brown retires as chairman and CEO of National Gypsum. William North becomes chairman.

August – Corporate headquarters moved from Buffalo to Dallas, TX, 60 people made the move. The company's largest division, Gold Bond, stayed in Buffalo for two more years. In addition to the corporate headquarters, the company had an advertising distribution center in Cheektowaga, NY; a research center in Tonawanda, NY; and the original plant in Clarence Center.

January 28 - Blizzard of Biblical proportions blankets Buffalo. Many associates believed this storm forced the decision to move the Gold Bond Building Products Division to Charlotte.

First product shipment to the Soviet Union – wallboard for the Moscow World Trade Center. Wallboard was not a conventional construction material in the Soviet Union, but the new center had to be built quickly.

October 31 – William North retires as chairman and CEO.

November 1 – Robert E. Scifres named chairman and CEO of National Gypsum. John P. Hayes named president. Ed Killian named corporate group vice president.

Mace T. Coleman named president of Gold Bond Building Products Division

January – Bulk carrier – The Gold Bond Trailblazer – christened in Japan. Carries rock from San Marcos Island to California plants.

March – Gold Bond Building Products Division moves from Buffalo to Charlotte, NC. The Marketing group was the first to move and set up offices in the "Gold Building" across from South Park Mall on Morrison Boulevard. When the division move was complete, approximately 350 associates worked in Charlotte.

August 31 – Charlotte Office (2001 Rexford Road) – Leased -- $1 million.

Rensselaer, NY Plant constructed -- $4.2 million

Duraform introduced – Pre-decorated gypsum panels targeted for the mobile home manufacturing market.

June 30 – Wilmington – Constructed -- $10.6 million.

Company sold Bronx, NY gypsum plant; Gibsonburg, OH lime plant; and two Tectum plants – Newark, OH and Arkadelphia, AR.


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