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U.S. Gypsum's Dallas Plant Awarded Prestigious OSHA VPP Star

Thursday, February 24, 2011

U.S. Gypsum's Dallas Plant Awarded Prestigious OSHA VPP Star09:00 EST Thursday, February 24, 2011 DALLAS (Business Wire) -- United States Gypsum Company, a subsidiary of USG Corporation (NYSE: USG) and a leading building products company, announced today that its plant in Dallas earned the prestigious Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star award for outstanding safety performance and processes. Officials from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration will present the award and a commemorative flag during a ceremony at the plant on Feb. 24. The Dallas plant manufactures building materials that are used to finish interior walls in homes and offices. The plant's primary products include SHEETROCK® brand ready-mixed joint compound, EASY SAND™ joint treatment, and wall and ceiling texture products. USG commissioned the Dallas plant in 1961, which services the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area, in addition to parts of Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma. Today, the plant employs approximately 45 people. The Star is the highest award of OSHA's VPP. Employees, management and OSHA work together to implement safety and health programs and processes that protect employees more efficiently because they go beyond OSHA regulations. Only 2,000 of more than seven million worksites in the U.S. have achieved VPP Star status. The dedication to safety of the Dallas plant employees and management resulting in the Star Award makes them a model for the industry. “The Dallas plant has always had a safe working environment. However, the process of obtaining the OSHA Star has heightened the safety awareness to an even higher level,” said Fred Gotz, Dallas plant manager. “All of the Dallas USG employees have been engaged in the process and we have all been eagerly awaiting the OSHA Star recognition. This is a great achievement, and an award we are extremely honored to receive.” To qualify for VPP Star consideration, Dallas plant employees focused on hazard recognition, engineering controls, training and safe operating procedures during a period of several years. As a result of their efforts, plant employees achieved a high level of sustained safety performance that warranted applying for Star recognition. An OSHA VPP officer led the audit team, which conducted a comprehensive inspection, applying OSHA safety standards. They also reviewed documentation and reports regarding safety programs at the facility, and conducted a series of employee interviews about the plant's operations, training and safety programs. Gotz and the Dallas plant team implemented specific improvements at the facility during the past few years to ensure the safest working environment possible. In its presentation to the OSHA auditors, the USG team highlighted the methods used to maintain a focus on safety, reviewed training programs and described the plant's safety team activities. As a result of the focus on safety, the plant recently celebrated more than 479,000 safe work hours without a lost-time injury. Additionally, the plant recently completed more than 4-1/2 years, without a lost-time injury. Prior to that, the plant held a 13-year safety record. USG Corporation is a manufacturer and distributor of high-performance building systems through its United States Gypsum Company, USG Interiors, Inc. and L&W Supply Corporation and other subsidiaries. Headquartered in Chicago, USG's worldwide operations serve the residential and non-residential construction markets, repair and remodel construction markets, and industrial processes. USG's wall, ceiling, flooring and roofing products provide leading-edge building solutions for customers, while L&W Supply branch locations efficiently stock and deliver building materials nationwide. For additional information, visit the USG Web site at USG CorporationFred GotzPlant Manager(214) 424-2522orRobert E. WilliamsMedia Director(312) 436-4356