2010s – Markets Improve
January – EPA proposals which would classify byproduct gypsum as a hazardous waste put its use into question. Although the agency supported the “beneficial” use of byproduct gypsum in products such as wallboard, one of the proposals would label any form of byproduct gypsum as hazardous. The second would label it as hazardous unless it was used “beneficially.” The taint of using a product labeled as “hazardous” in one form and not in another would be problematic. Public debate delayed a decision for two years.
Florida homeowners sue National Gypsum, claiming the company’s drywall has caused the corrosion and blackening in their house. Others homeowners follow suit.
February -- Mt. Holly solar system inaugurated. System on the warehouse roof is owned by Duke Energy and generates enough electricity to power 168 area homes.
March – ProForm® Joint Compound with Dust-Tech® introduced to market, a lightweight ready mix joint compound specifically formulated to reduce airborne dust while sanding.
April – Company introduces e2XP® Interior Extreme, a fiberglass-faced product, designed for pre-rock applications.
September – Company celebrates its 85th anniversary.
November – California home the first to field test ThermalCORE™ panels with Micronal® PCM. The panels are designed to keep rooms at a constant temperature by absorbing and storing energy during the day and releasing it as cooling begins in the evening.
March – First shipment of High-Strength LITE™ Gypsum Board shipped to Lowe’s. This specialty board is formulated to be 25% lighter than ½-inch High Strength Gypsum Board.
Company introduces e2XP Tile Backer.
April – Arizona lawsuit regarding defective drywall dismissed.
June – Company website—nationalgypsum.com – refreshed.
October – Judge dismisses Alabama lawsuit which claimed National Gypsum drywall was defective.
December – Company announces new 5/8-inch High Strength LITE.
February – Web app introduced to help consumers select materials for projects.
April – AWCI Convention and INTEX Expo in Charlotte for the first time. Duke Energy Center lit in purple to honor National Gypsum and its products.
June – Land-based gas turbine installed at Burlington to provide all electricity and 50 percent of the heat required for the board dryer, resulting in a 90 percent improvement in overall energy efficiency.
July – Company sells Lorain Plant which was idled in 2008 due to dramatic down turn in the housing industry.
Federal District Court dismissed all claims against National Gypsum in two lawsuits claiming the company’s wallboard caused the same corrosive effects as defective Chinese drywall.
August – National Gypsum’s PURPLE products featured on DIY Network’s Blog Cabin Series.
Fort Dodge Quarry earns Sentinels of Safety Award from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration.
September – U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted trademark registration for the company’s PURPLE® family of products.
October – Super Storm Sandy which devastated the New Jersey coast swept across the country, stirring the waters of Lake Michigan and depositing 70,000 cubic yards of sand at the entrance of the Waukegan Harbor, closing it to deep draft navigation.
April – PermaBASE PLUS Cement board introduced to the market. The product is 25 percent lighter than standard cement board.
May – The movie, Iron Man 3, starring Robert Downey, Jr., and Gwyneth Paltrow, debuts. Many of the scenes were shot at the company’s idled Wilmington Plant. Filming at the plant covered 16 nights, with 90 actors and 150 crew members on the site.
Marketing launches Ask For PURPLE website, and DIY Network’s Anitra Mecadon becomes PURPLE products spokesperson.
July – Company sponsors DIY Network’s Blog Cabin series for the second year to promote its PURPLE products to the residential market.
August – Company announces its four strategic initiatives: Trusted Partner, Peak Performer, Collaborative Culture, and Smart Growth.
October – Customer Service Center celebrates 20 years of service.
November – The PURPLE Book introduced, offering designers and contractors a set of detailed fire-rated assembly drawings for various commercial applications.
February – Winter dumps snow on the East Coast, including the Charlotte Headquarters. The Customer Service Center maintained service with account specialists working on their laptops at home.
Company announces its entry into the commercial roofing industry with DEXcell Roof Board.
March – Project begins to convert Shoals Plant to byproduct gypsum exclusively and close the Shoals mine.
May -- Savannah celebrates its 75th anniversary.
July – PURPLE commercial debuts on DIY Network, targeting home owners.
August – Richmond celebrates 50th anniversary.
October – Sun City miners win Sentinels of Safety Award from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).
November – One Process Team formed to study installation of new business platform.
Long Beach Plant votes to reject union representation.
December – Milton Plant installs disperser to remove glue, inks, wax, and other contaminants from old corrugated containers.
EPA issues rulling to continue regulating coal combustion residuals, including byproduct gypsum, as a non-hazardous solid waste under Subtitle D of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). EPA recognizes the beneficial use of byproduct gypsum in wallboard.
January – Fort Dodge Quarry and Jasper achieve one million manhours without a lost-time accident.
February – Home Depot opens its doors to ProForm Lite-Blue to meet customer demands. In two weeks, the company sold more product to Home Depot than it had in the past three years.
March – Associates begin One Team training to support the Collaborative Culture initiative.
April – Redesigned NGCentral launched. The Intranet is the company’s primary communications tool.
May – Halifax starts development of an additional 408 acres, expanding the quarry to the north. The gypsum deposit will supply the company’s needs for at least 35 more years.
June – Bromont works one million hours without a lost-time accident.
July – The Leadership Team supports the One Process Team’s recommendation to install an SAP business platform, requiring approximately 40 associates to work for three years to design, build, and implement the system. It will replace POPS and Midas, which have been used for the past 20 years.