Charlotte Business Journal Green Awards
National Gypsum has received Green Awards from the Charlotte Business Journal's annual competition.
In 2009, National Gypsum and RT Dooley Construction Company received a Green Award for forming a Drywall Consortium to make recycling wallboard easier. The award was given for the most innovative green idea. In 2008, National Gypsum's Mt. Holly Plant won the award for making a 100 percent recyclable product.
The Drywall Consortium includes Charlotte area contractors, waste haulers, landfill operators and county agencies. The group meets at National Gypsum. Prior to the consortium's work, contractors, who wanted to recycle drywall waste, had to have their waste haulers make a 70-mile roundtrip to a disposal center. The center grinds the wallboard to use on agricultural fields.
After discussions with landfill operators, transfer stations at landfills closer to job sites were established, cutting costs, saving fuel and reducing the impact on the environment. One builder estimated it will save nearly 4000 gallons of gasoline and reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 45 tons by making the shorter trips.
In 2008, National Gypsum and the Mt. Holly Plant earned the award. It was given in the Action Programs category recognizing businesses which have taken a specific action to promote environmental sustainability.
The Mt. Holly Plant produces an essential building product from waste materials – recycled paper and byproduct gypsum.
Governor's Environmental Excellence Award
In 2002, National Gypsum's Shippingport, PA, plant near Pittsburgh received the Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence. This plant uses byproduct gypsum from First Energy Corporation. The wallboard plant is next to the power plant. Byproduct gypsum reaches the plant by a conveyor.
IndustryWeek's Best Plants Award
Two National Gypsum plants have been named one of the nation's 10 best manufacturing plants by IndustryWeek Magazine. A high-speed plant in Apollo Beach, FL, near Tampa, won the award in 2005, and a 27-year-old facility in Wilmington, NC, won the award in 2006. One component of the award was environmental stewardship.