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Building supplies producer Saint-Gobain, with North American headquarters in Malvern, Pennsylvania, by its constructing merchandise subsidiary, CertainTeed LLC, Malvern, has put in recycling expertise at its gypsum wallboard plant in Nashville, Arkansas.   

According to a information launch by Saint-Gobain, the expertise will permit the plant to recycle 65,000 tons of supplies yearly that in any other case would have been despatched to a landfill.  

The challenge represents a $1.3 million funding from CertainTeed and comes as Saint-Gobain continues to roll out its international “Grow and Impact” technique. This consists of decreasing waste and growing the circularity of uncooked supplies at its manufacturing websites.  

Gypsum wallboard is comprised of a gypsum slurry that’s poured and dried between two sheets of paper. Some scrap supplies, consisting of gypsum and paper, are usually created each time a manufacturing line is began up or shut down, or when manufacturing gear is modified to fabricate completely different sizes of wallboard.  

The new recycling expertise works by grinding the waste gypsum and wastepaper down into fantastic particles, permitting the plant to seize and internally recycle the supplies. Then the supplies are sorted and reintroduced to the manufacturing course of on the plant. Saint-Gobain says every wallboard produced at CertainTeed’s Nashville facility consists of some recycled content material made accessible by this course of. The firm plans to extend the variety of recycled supplies in its gypsum wallboard in the approaching years.  

“In Nashville and at our manufacturing websites around the globe, we stay laser-focused on decreasing waste, decreasing our consumption of pure sources, and growing recycling and circularity all through our worth chain,” says Jay Bachmann, vice chairman and normal supervisor of CertainTeed Gypsum. “We will proceed to search for methods to attenuate our environmental footprint whereas maximizing our firm’s optimistic impression on our clients and the communities the place we do enterprise.”  

CertainTeed’s Nashville plant, and its close by mine, sit on 3,500 acres of land in southwest Arkansas. Today the plant and the mine make use of about 200 individuals and are at the moment hiring mechanical engineers, course of engineers, reliability engineers and for a number of roles in the manufacturing. An entire itemizing of job openings in any respect Saint-Gobain areas, together with the CertainTeed web site in Nashville, may be discovered on the corporate’s careers web site.  

Last yr, the corporate put in recycling expertise at its gypsum wallboard plant in Silver Grove, Kentucky. The expertise will permit the plant to recycle 15,000 tons of paper per yr that in any other case would have been despatched to a landfill. 

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