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Industry's First Lightweight Type X Wallboard for Fire-Rated Assemblies – USG's SHEETROCK® Brand UltraLight Panels FIRECODE® X, Now Available

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Industry's First Lightweight Type X Wallboard for Fire-Rated Assemblies – USG's SHEETROCK® Brand UltraLight Panels FIRECODE® X, Now Available12:49 EDT Wednesday, October 05, 2011 CHICAGO (Business Wire) -- USG Corporation (NYSE: USG), a leading building products company, announced today that its innovative new product – SHEETROCK® Brand UltraLight fire-rated panels are now available. This product is the industry's first lightweight UL Classified product for fire-rated partitions. The ⅝-inch panel is designed to be used for all fire-rated assemblies where type X board is required. USG leads the industry in lightweight gypsum panel technology and is the only manufacturer to offer a portfolio of lightweight products. In addition to the new type X board, the company offers ½-inch SHEETROCK® Brand UltraLight Panels and ⅝-inch SHEETROCK® Brand UltraLight Panels FIRECODE® 30 for nonrated and 30-minute fire-rated partitions. “We are excited to begin shipping our latest innovative lightweight product,” said James Metcalf, president and chief executive officer, USG Corporation. “This technology was developed in direct response to our customers' requests for lightweight wallboard in commercial construction. We are helping them to increase productivity and are once again differentiating USG in the marketplace with this new fire-rated wallboard innovation.” Product Installs Faster, Performs Better, and is Environmentally Friendly SHEETROCK® Brand UltraLight Panels FIRECODE® X are manufactured in Aliquippa, Pa., using propriety technologies developed at the USG Corporate Innovation Center in Libertyville, Ill. Like USG's other lightweight gypsum board products, the new panels weigh less than competitive boards, perform better and are environmentally friendly. They score and snap easily with a higher strength-to-weight ratio and offer better sag resistance than the competition while delivering comparable sound performance and impact resistance. SHEETROCK® Brand UltraLight Panels FIRECODE® X meet ASTM C1396 requirements for gypsum board, type X. The first lightweight gypsum panel listed for use in more than 130 UL fire-rated assemblies can be installed horizontally with nonstaggered horizontal joints on 25-equivalent-gauge studs in one-hour fire-rated partitions per UL Design No. U419. Combined with the product's lighter weight, the horizontal installation option allows for faster wall completion and greater productivity for contractors and installers. For dealers, the lighter weight increases operational efficiencies and enables them to ship more panels per truck, reducing fuel consumption. “We're pleased to continue to differentiate USG through innovation,” said Chris Griffin, executive vice president, Operations, USG Corporation. “We are providing value to our customers with lightweight environmentally friendly products. Now customers have a choice of products for specific fire-rated and nonrated applications with USG's portfolio of SHEETROCK® Brand UltraLight Panels,” adds Griffin. 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 nonresidential 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 CorporationMedia Inquiries: 312/436-4356