Serving our partners and the greater good
We are always looking for ways to partner with our customers, associates and community organizations to give back. It is all about building better futures for those in need.
Committed to the community
We invest in our community. And we define our community as our family of dedicated associates, the customers we serve and all the people who live and work in the communities where we operate.
Our family of companies collectively employs over 2,400 associates in 19 states and two Canadian provinces. From structured leadership training programs to community volunteerism to employee and corporate giving, we do everything we can to help out.
Work for the greater good
Our family of companies are deemed essential businesses and play a vital role in the North American economy, supporting healthcare infrastructure, homebuilding, commercial construction and remodeling in all 50 states and Canada. It is part of our mission to provide quality building products, as well as jobs and career growth.
Supporting social causes nationally and locally
We volunteer our time and skills, supply financial donations and make in-kind product contributions.
Education, health-related causes and community services are the focus of our philanthropic outreach. We have a history of giving back to the American Cancer Society, Teach For America, and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. We also partner with Purple Heart Homes and the Gary Sinise Foundation to build adaptive housing for injured service men and women.
Locally, in North Carolina, we’ve supported Project Lift, United Way of Central Carolinas and Arts & Science Council.
We are measuring our consumption through comprehensive metrics that tell us where to invest in energy, water and resource efficiency. We benchmark our resource consumption across all company facilities and process steps. We are using these results to prioritize and validate our capital investments in new technology and process innovation. In the future, we hope to benchmark our performance against industry peers and set goals for each of our business units.
Reducing water consumption and waste
Twelve plants championed the majority of water-use reductions from 2017 to 2018. Total water consumption decreased by 196 million gallons — the equivalent of 300 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Maximizing recycled content and byproduct
We maintain closed-loop sourcing partnerships for gypsum and recycled paper, resulting in products with high percentages of recycled and byproduct content.
Clearing the air
We reduced the release of Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) compounds from almost 550,000 pounds per year in 2013 to just 1,181 pounds in 2018 through material substitution efforts.
Improving our carbon footprint
The energy efficiency of our facilities, manufacturing processes, and sources of electrical and thermal energy are the main factors that impact our greenhouse-gas footprint.
In 2018, nine plants reduced GHG emissions by a total of 20,000 metric tons — the equivalent of taking 4,250 cars off the road for a year. Plants included: Anniston, AL, Apollo Beach, FL, Cleburne, TX, Fort Dodge, IA, Medicine Lodge, KS, West Milton, PA, Portsmouth, NH, Rotan, TX, Savannah, GA and Westwego, LA