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    CENTRIA Sees Sustainable Results from Recycle, Reuse, Reclaim Initiatives

    "Innovations in sustainability don't end at the design and manufacturing stages"

     

     

    Moon Township, Pa, September 2011 — CENTRIA’s formal and verifiable Recycle, Reuse and Reclaim initiatives have generated impressive results and demonstrate the company’s unparalleled commitment to sustainable practices in the built environment.

    “CENTRIA’s commitment to sustainability in the commercial building industry doesn’t end at the design and manufacturing stages of product development,” said Carla Liebenguth, Sustainability Associate, CENTRIA. “We’re continually looking at ways to extend the life of our products. Our Recycle, Reuse and Reclaim initiatives, along with partner organizations, help us make a real and substantial positive environmental impact.”

    CENTRIA’s Sheridan, Ark., plant works in collaboration with Metro Scrap Metals, Inc., to recycle any scrap metal generated during the manufacturing process.  In 2010, CENTRIA facilitated the recycling of more than 1.1 million pounds of scrap metal. 

    In addition to recycling scrap metal, CENTRIA partners with Sizemore Metal Products to repurpose products that were originally used for test runs or do not meet CENTRIA’s high standards for sale. For example, some of the products designated for reuse are used for agricultural buildings, church camps, or camping trailers.  Future opportunities for reuse, based on the location and current use of metal panels, are in the planning stages. 

    CENTRIA’s well-established recycling and reuse procedures allowed the company to implement a Reclaim Program, one of the first of its kind in the commercial building industry.  This initiative gives building owners the option of sending used CENTRIA panels from deconstructed or renovated buildings at the end of the current exterior wall life to the Sheridan plant. Once there, the panels will be assessed for either reuse or recycling.

    These innovative programs help to move CENTRIA towards a more sustainable system, maximizing benefits for the built environment while minimizing any potential negative impact on the natural environment.

    For more information about CENTRIA’s sustainability initiatives, visit eco.CENTRIA.com.

     

    CENTRIA innovations in architectural metal wall and roof systems are helping building teams around the world reimagine the building envelope. From inspiration through installation, CENTRIA provides the highest level of expertise including service and support from an elite Dealer Network.  Based in Pittsburgh (Moon Township, Pa.), our metal architectural systems are the perfect combination of science and aesthetics, offering advanced thermal and moisture protection, the broadest spectrum of design options, truly integrated components, and superior sustainability. We invite you to explore the limitless possibilities metal provides for your next project and to reimagine metal at www.CENTRIA.com/ReimagineMetal  or find us on Facebook.

     

  • Two CENTRIA Locations Receive 2011 Pennsylvania Waste Watcher Awards for Sustainability Initiatives

    Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania (PROP) Program Recognizes Organizations for Exemplary Performance in Recycling, Waste Reduction, Reuse and Composting

     

    Moon Township, Pa., September 13, 2011— CENTRIA, an industry leader in the design, development and manufacture of sustainable architectural metal wall and roof systems, has been recognized with two separate 2011 Pennsylvania Waste Watcher awards for their significant sustainability efforts—one for their corporate office in Moon Township and one for their Ambridge coil coating facility. An initiative of the Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania (PROP), the Pennsylvania Waste Watchers award recognizes corporate and community programs that go above and beyond state mandates for recycling and waste reduction. 

                    “CENTRIA’s commitment to environmental responsibility permeates every aspect of our company,” said Rick Mowrey, Director of Marketing and Business Development, CENTRIA. “Often acknowledgments regarding our sustainability practices are focused on our environmentally friendly products and manufacturing processes, so we are very pleased to be recognized for the strides we take within our facilities every day to preserve the environment.” 

                    Simple, easy-to-implement changes have made a significant impact. At the corporate headquarters, CENTRIA employees recycled 10.94 standard tons of office paper in 2010.  The building is now equipped with EcoRewards recycling bins, allowing employees to recycle plastic and cardboard in addition to paper, glass and metal. While employees are encouraged to use their own glasses and mugs, any Styrofoam cups that are used are returned to the vendor for recycling.

    “In addition to the conventional strides we’ve taken to decrease waste in our day-to-day operations, we’ve also created several unique recycling projects that we publicize internally,” said Carla Liebenguth, Sustainability Associate at CENTRIA.

                    For example, CENTRIA’s Moon Township office donates one large container full of aluminum cans to their local fire department each month, the proceeds from which benefit the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Free Care Fund. The company also collects used cell phones/accessories for the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium to recycle, as well as used ink cartridges, which help fund a company-wide effort to send care packages to our troops.

                    At CENTRIA’s Ambridge facility, all waste associated with coil coating is evaluated and separated for recycling or reuse. In 2010 alone, the facility recycled 3,635 tons of material ranging from steel and aluminum to office paper and ink cartridges.  Recycling bins, in highly visible locations, have replaced trash cans throughout the facility for easy identification and simple sorting.

    The Ambridge facility also implemented processes focused on reducing the consumption of water, energy and harmful chemicals during the manufacturing process. Water usage was reduced by 57,600 gallons last year after installing special misting nozzles, and more than 95 percent of the water that is actually used is recycled. The coil coating services facility has also implemented air nozzle technology to remove a large blower, reducing their electric usage by 194,249 kilowatts, resulting in an average savings of $16,511 in energy costs.

                    In addition, the Ambridge facility has formed significant partnerships with their vendors and distributors to ensure that the minimal packaging and shipping materials that are used can be easily recycled by the end user.

    Finally, Ambridge employees are held accountable for personal sustainability actions. Monthly meetings are held to update all personnel on new opportunities, including depositing recyclable materials from home in the plant’s bins. Several community businesses drop off corrugated cardboard at the facility’s easily accessible recycling dock.

    “Our ultimate goal is to produce less waste,” said Carla Liebenguth. “This Waste Watchers recognition serves to demonstrate the importance of our internal efforts at multiple locations and we hope that it will educate and encourage even more employees to participate in our initiatives for years to come.”

     

    CENTRIA innovations in architectural metal wall and roof systems are helping building teams around the world reimagine the building envelope. From inspiration through installation, CENTRIA provides the highest level of expertise including service and support from an elite Dealer Network.  Based in Pittsburgh (Moon Township, Pa.), our metal architectural systems are the perfect combination of science and aesthetics, offering advanced thermal and moisture protection, the broadest spectrum of design options, truly integrated components, and superior sustainability. We invite you to explore the limitless possibilities metal provides for your next project and to reimagine metal at www.CENTRIA.com/ReimagineMetal  or find us on Facebook.

     

     

  • Life Cycle Assessment Validates Sustainability Attributes of CENTRIA's Formawall® Dimension Series®

    3” Formawall Dimension Series has comparable or lower total environmental impact than Aluminum Composite Material and precast concrete

    Moon Township, Pa., May 10, 2011 — CENTRIA released a summary report that demonstrates the superior sustainability of its 3” Formawall Dimension Series (FWDS) insulated metal wall panel system as compared to Aluminum Composite Material (ACM) and precast concrete. The report is based on a comprehensive Life Cycle Assessment study conducted by Five Winds International in collaboration with PE Americas. For a copy of the summary report, visit www.CENTRIA.com/ReimagineMetal and visit the Education Center’s White Papers section.

    “As a socially responsible corporate citizen, CENTRIA takes environmental responsibility seriously,” said Carla Liebenguth, Sustainability Associate at CENTRIA. “As such, we’re continually looking at ways to improve our products not just in terms of their aesthetic appeal or performance, but also to ensure that they have the maximum amount of positive impact on the built environment with the least amount of negative impact on the natural environment. Formawall Dimension Series was the first exterior building product to receive Cradle-to-Cradle® certification, and now this Life Cycle Assessment complements that certification by helping us determine what we can do to further improve the sustainable attributes of our products and processes.”

    The life cycle stages included in the study address raw material extraction, production and transportation of all materials involved in the manufacturing process, manufacturing of wall components, packaging, installation, maintenance and end-of-life treatment. The LCA excludes the building use phase impacts such as heating and cooling; however, all wall assemblies were designed to conform to the minimum prescriptive requirement in accordance with Proposed Addendum bb to ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007 Zone 5. The final report underwent external, independent critical review and fully complies with the ISO 14040/14044 standards.

    According to the Life Cycle Assessment, 3” FWDS has a better overall environmental profile in most areas than precast concrete or ACM. Precast concrete has a significantly larger potential for global warming, acidification and smog; and ACM has a significantly larger potential for global warming, non-renewable primary energy demand, acidification and smog potential.

    “We understand the importance of sustainable products for architects, building owners, developers and others in today’s building and construction marketplace,” said Rick Brow, CENTRIA’s Director of Marketing. “The Life Cycle Assessment study has not only helped confirm that many of the sustainable qualities of our product outweigh those of ACM and precast concrete, but it has also helped us improve our product’s sustainability. We were able to identify and replace a chemical cleaner used during the manufacturing process to a more environmentally-friendly option and we have implemented a Reuse, Recycle, Take-Back program to help ensure prolonged product life in a variety of forms to avoid waste.”

    The Formawall Dimension Series wall system provides advanced thermal efficiency and moisture control in a single panelized component. Compared to the traditional multi-component wall construction, which typically requires up to five separate components and multiple installers for each of the components, Formawall Dimension Series only requires one installer, helping to simplifying and ensure proper installation and long-term performance

    As building envelope materials, CENTRIA’s metal wall and roof systems provide the broadest spectrum of aesthetic options, the most advanced thermal and moisture protection and the highest degree of sustainability available today. From inspiration to installation, CENTRIA’s metal building envelope systems free designers’ creativity and improve constructability for contractors.

    Find out how at www.CENTRIA.com/ReimagineMetal.

    Five Winds International is one of the world's most experienced sustainability management consulting firms. Its focus is on helping clients understand sustainability, improve their performance and succeed in the marketplace. Since 1998, Five Winds has worked with many respected firms to develop the strategies, management systems, tools and processes needed to achieve leadership in sustainability. With respect to sustainability communications, Five Winds works with its clients to identify the issues that matter to them and their stakeholders, then assess and communicate performance in a clear, credible and meaningful way. Five Winds International has offices in Canada, Europe and the United States. Find Five Winds International online at www.fivewinds.com.

    PE Americas provides conscientious companies with cutting-edge tools, in-depth knowledge and an unparalleled spectrum of experience in making both corporate operations and products more sustainable. Applied methods include implementing management systems, developing sustainability indicators, life cycle assessment (LCA), carbon footprint, design for environment (DfE) and environmental product declarations (EPD), technology benchmarking, or eco-efficiency analysis, emissions management, clean development mechanism projects and strategic CSR consulting.

    CENTRIA innovations in architectural metal wall and roof systems are helping building teams around the world reimagine the building envelope. From inspiration through installation, CENTRIA provides the highest level of expertise including service and support from an elite Dealer Network. Based in Pittsburgh (Moon Township, Pa.), our metal architectural systems are the perfect combination of science and aesthetics, offering advanced thermal and moisture protection, the broadest spectrum of design options, truly integrated components, and superior sustainability. We invite you to explore the limitless possibilities metal provides for your next project and to reimagine metal at www.CENTRIA.com/ReimagineMetal or find us on Facebook.

  •  CENTRIA Launches Facebook Fan Page


    Architectural community encouraged to become "fans"

    Moon Township, Pa., June 10, 2010—As an industry leader in architectural metal wall and roof systems, CENTRIA recently did some building of its own in the social media realm with the development of its Facebook fan page.

                    “At CENTRIA, we’re constantly listening to architects, building owners, contractors and others in the architectural community to develop products that help them build beautiful, high performance, sustainable buildings,” said Julie Pawuk, Marketing Communications Manager, CENTRIA. “As a result, Facebook was a logical next step for us to continue and expand that dialogue. It also will serve as another platform where we can showcase the premier projects we’ve been involved with as an integral member of the building team.”

    CENTRIA’s fan page engages its customers, its extensive dealer network and others in the architectural community on a personal level. It serves as a portal for friends and fans to discuss their interests in the commercial/industrial building market and to continue the tradition of collaboration CENTRIA has exemplified throughout its more than 100-year history.

    Become a fan yourself by visiting CENTRIA’s Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/CENTRIA/259907829307.

     

    CENTRIA (www.CENTRIA.com) is where building teams turn for solutions, support and a distinct advantage in architectural metal wall and roof systems. Based in Pittsburgh (Moon Township, Pa.), CENTRIA has a worldwide reputation for helping to create commercial, institutional and industrial buildings that are beautiful, functional and sustainable. Find us on Facebook or visit www.CENTRIA.com and discover why we are…Distinctively CENTRIA.

     

     

     

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    CENTRIA's Product Innovation Center Open for Business


    Products developed and put to the test, building teams trained

    Ambridge, Pa., March 5, 2010—CENTRIA announced the opening of its Product Innovation Center, which houses the company’s testing and training facilities for its metal wall and roof systems for commercial and industrial buildings.

                    “The main functions served by this new facility are product testing, product installation feasibility and installation training,” said Keith Boyer, Director of Design and Development, CENTRIA. “The Innovation Center provides a place where engineers and detailers can prove out their ideas via full scale product testing and assembly. Once products are developed, installers are trained via classroom instruction and hands-on assembly training. Customers and architects also visit the Center to view product mockups as well as the architectural wall products used on the Center’s riverside façade.”

    The Product Innovation Center contains indoor and outdoor testing facilities, equipment and capabilities, including: sample fabrication; mock ups of wall and window systems; and air, water and load testing areas. In addition to testing new products, CENTRIA also uses these areas, particularly the mock up systems area, to demonstrate the physical properties of its various products, best practices in application and to conduct focus groups for customer input on quality, performance and the aesthetic attributes of products.

    The Innovation Center’s training facilities are used for product training sessions for up to 50 individuals at a time. Training sessions are held approximately every six weeks at the Center throughout the year.

    “We also practice what we preach here,” said Boyer, “as portions of the building feature numerous CENTRIA products and systems.” These products include CENTRIA’s Formawall® Dimension Series® foam insulated panels and Concept Series® concealed fastener profiled panels, Formawall Dimension Series PE foam panels with integrated seal plate, MetalWrap™ insulated composite back-up panels, and Formavue™ windows. The Center will soon be outfitted with SolarCrest™, CENTRIA’s building integrated photovoltaic metal roof panel.

     “What’s really unique is that there are portions of the structure where the mechanics of these products are visible from the interior of the building so building teams in training can see the science behind the aesthetics,” said Boyer. The new CENTRIA Product Innovation Center not only contains a classroom, the building is a classroom.

                                   

    CENTRIA (www.CENTRIA.com) is where building teams turn for solutions, support and a distinct advantage in architectural metal wall and roof systems. Based in Pittsburgh (Moon Township, Pa.), CENTRIA has a world-wide reputation of helping to create commercial and industrial buildings that are beautiful, functional and sustainable. Visit www.CENTRIA.com and find out more about why we are…Distinctively CENTRIA.

     

     

     

  • CENTRIA Featured in "The Formula for Success"


    The Principal Financial Group's new employee benefits best practices guide features CENTRIA's winning benefits strategy

    Moon Township, Pa., March 10, 2009 — CENTRIA (www.CENTRIA.com) will be featured in a new employee benefits best practices guide from the Principal Financial Group® entitled “The Formula for Success,” which tells stories of how and why CENTRIA continues to remain committed to employee benefits in the best and worst of  economic times.
              
    “In a challenging environment like this, it is refreshing to showcase the good things happening in companies today,” said Renee Schaaf, vice president, the Principal Financial Group. “Companies like CENTRIA are working hard to stand by their employees. They understand that how they treat their employees during tough economic times will impact their ability to keep and attract great employees when the economy turns around.”
             
    In 2008, CENTRIA, along with nine other companies nationwide, were selected by an independent panel of benefits experts as one of the Principal 10 Best Companies for Employee Financial Security. The award highlighted these companies’ commitment to their employees’ financial security, including consistently maintaining and expanding employee benefit programs.
             
    “In addition to being an industry leader in the design and development of architectural metal wall and roof systems, CENTRIA is also honored to receive this distinction as a leader in advocating the importance of a comprehensive employee benefits program,” said Rob Leighton, director of human resources, CENTRIA.
             
    Benefits experts selected CENTRIA as one of the 10 best because of its outstanding health programs and supplemental programs, as well as strong retirement, wellness and employee communication programs.
             
    The Principal 10 Best Companies is a national program that recognizes small- and medium-size companies that excel at giving their employees a financial edge. The new best practices guide is available at no charge at www.principal.com/bestguide. Profiles of the 2008 winners are available at www.principal.com/theprincipal10best/2008/winners.htm.   

     

    CENTRIA (www.CENTRIA.com) is where building teams turn for solutions, support and a distinct advantage in architectural metal wall and roof systems. Based in Pittsburgh (Moon Township, Pa.), CENTRIA has a world-wide reputation of helping to create commercial and industrial buildings that are beautiful, functional and sustainable. Visit www.CENTRIA.com and find out more about why we are…Distinctively CENTRIA.

     

  • CENTRIA Unveils New Web Site, Private Portal


    Improvements provide a distinct advantage for architects, customers and CENTRIA dealers

    Moon Township, Pa., February 10, 2009 — CENTRIA, an industry leader in architectural metal wall and roof systems, has unveiled its latest innovative project—a new corporate Web site and Portal. The new public Web site, www.CENTRIA.com, has improved functionality and capabilities that will better serve visitors, particularly architects, owners and contractors. The private Portal is designed for architects, CENTRIA dealers, partners and employees who need to tap into the metal wall and roof system knowledge available from CENTRIA.

                “Our new Web site and Portal are more than just showcases to display our broad product portfolio,” said Rick Brow, director of marketing, CENTRIA. “We listened to architects, customers, employees and CENTRIA dealers and upgraded both the corporate Web site and our Portal based on that feedback and insight. These new sites have robust and dynamic information. Now it is easier to navigate and search for information and resources most relevant to the individual user. It also makes direct collaboration with CENTRIA sales representatives even easier.” 

                One of the primary improvements to the CENTRIA Web site is the reorganization of resources so it is now easier for users to find product information, including data sheets, specifications, illustrations and completed projects. 

    The navigation improvements, coupled with an even more enriched project photo portfolio, will make the user’s experience much more productive. With hundreds of photos of completed projects from around the world, the updated project portfolio has additional search fields that enable architects and others to fine-tune their search and locate projects via location, type of project and/or the products used.

    Other improvements include the ability to personalize Portal pages by creating favorites that enable users to access the sections they frequent with just one click after signing in. Another new feature is notification alerts displayed when documents are amended by CENTRIA so users can access the most updated information. They will also have the ability to run more thorough site searches with specific selection fields that make the search process more defined.

    Visit the new Web site and Portal at www.CENTRIA.com.

     

    CENTRIA (www.CENTRIA.com) is where building teams turn for solutions, support and a distinct advantage in architectural metal wall and roof systems. Based in Pittsburgh (Moon Township, Pa.), CENTRIA has a world-wide reputation of helping to create commercial and industrial buildings that are beautiful, functional and sustainable. Visit www.CENTRIA.com and find out more about why we are…Distinctively CENTRIA.

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