Press Releases

Atlas EPS Plans to Rebuild

BYRON CENTER, MI (February 2017) – Ken Farrish, President of Atlas Roofing Corporation, and Bob Butkus, Atlas EPS General Manager, announced January 24th the Company’s intention to rebuild the facility in Perryville, Missouri, which was 85% destroyed by a fire on December 8th, 2016. This came as good news to the dedicated Perryville employees who have worked tirelessly over the past 45 days. The current skill level of the workforce and other important factors led to this decision to rebuild on the same site.

Bill Calla, Plant Manager, opened the event with sincere appreciation for the employees’ efforts that started day one after the fire, and the support of local businesses, customers and vendors. “The community outreach has been overwhelming,” stated Calla.  He also thanked Atlas Roofing Corporation for its unwavering support and assistance.

Mr. Farrish extended his thanks to the employees who have shown loyalty and dedication. Cleanup and rebuild began first thing on December 10th, as did the efforts to service the customers through the sister Atlas EPS plants located in Michigan, Virginia, and Tijuana, Mexico.

Special thanks were also given to Robinson Construction who almost immediately offered Atlas its office facilities from which to operate, as well as other security and construction services.  Robinson associates also attended and spoke at this joyous event.  Robinson’s selflessness during a time of crisis was extraordinary.

Everyone on the Atlas EPS team would like to extend their deepest gratitude towards the Perryville community, from the many fire departments who responded, to the competitors, vendors, customers and local businesses that have provided support. If there is a silver lining, it is that most importantly no one was harmed in the event, and from the ashes will arise what promises to be the most efficient EPS facility in the U.S.

 

Introducing ThermalStar GX Series 
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BYRON CENTER, MI (August 2016)—  Atlas EPS, a division of Atlas Roofing Corporation, is proud to unveil the recently rebranded and redesigned product line and icons for their graphite enhanced expanded polystyrene (GPS) products. This rebranding reflects the evolution of ThermalStar, the construction line of products, which has been a growing segment of Atlas EPS for over 10 years. Formerly known as ThermalStar Chrome, ThermalStar GX Series is built on newer technology and will showcase new R5 per inch products, providing a superior alternative to XPS for below grade and various wall applications. The combination of EPS Technology and special graphite additive enhances the insulating performance of conventional polystyrene without the use of blowing agents. The nano-sized graphite particles act as radiant energy absorbers and reflectors to reduce the heat transfer caused by radiation. GX Series products are easily identified as much darker than previous Chrome products.

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ThermalStar Chrome T&G featured in ABC Green Home 2.0

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BYRON CENTER, MI (August 2015)—  ThermalStar® Chrome® T&G was recently installed on the ABC Green Home 2.0 in Walnut, California. The home is being built by Pomona Valley’s Habitat for Humanity for a combat disabled U.S. Veteran and their family.

ABC Green Home 2.0 was designed by award winning architects, KTGY, to create a net zero energy house using sustainable building materials. The home is being built per ENERGYSTAR, NAHB Green, LEED for Homes, California Advanced Homes, Cal Green and Build It Green building standards to demonstrate its best practices in high performance housing. ABC Green Home 2.0 will be open for six months upon completion to the open public and building industry to showcase the green products used and the home’s technology.

ThermalStar® Chrome® T&G was designed specifically for one coat stucco applications with the California market in mind, to provide a solution for builders to meet Title 24 requirements. Each granule of ThermalStar Chrome T&G contains graphite, increasing the R-value by approximately 20%! Chrome T&G is also considered a green product since it is not contain blowing agents in its insulating cells. Rather, the insulating cells contain air, lending to its stable R-value and low global warming potential.

For more information on The ABC Green Home, be sure to visit their website at http://www.abcgreenhome.com/.

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Atlas Roofing Corporation and ARCOM Sign Agreement to Promote Products in MasterSpec®

MasterSpecBYRON CENTER, MI (July 2015)Atlas® Roofing Corporation, the leader in building products, and ARCOM®, the leader in building specification services and tools, are pleased to announce their partnership in promoting Atlas Roofing Corporation products to architects, engineers and design professionals in the leading specification software, MasterSpec®.

MasterSpec, a product of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), continues to be the most trusted and widely used specification system in the construction industry. The ARCOM writing staff reviews each manufacturer and product in detail prior to approving a listing to ensure each meet the quality criteria A/E/C’s (architects, engineers, consultants) expect with MasterSpec. ARCOM’s research and software tools provide information for tens of thousands of products contained in its specifications. Specifiers can quickly access an up-to-date list of approved building products already integrated into the sections they are editing.

ARCOM’s team of professional spec writers will also be working with Atlas Roofing Corporation to provide Basis of Design MasterSpec sections made available without charge to A/E/C’s through their Product MasterSpec program.

Atlas Roofing is happy to be part of the MasterSpec library. Chris Kreple, one of Atlas’ marketing managers, expresses his excitement about their involvement with ARCOM, “We are looking forward to growing our business by making the A/E/C community aware of the unique building product solutions Atlas offers.  MasterSpec gives Altas the ability to reach this group.”

ARCOM and Atlas Roofing believe this new partnership will benefit all design professionals as they select and specify products.

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Introducing ThermalStar® Radiant Comfort In-floor Heat Panels 

IJ9A0714 (condensed file)BYRON CENTER, MI– Atlas EPS introduces ThermalStar® Radiant Comfort™, formerly known as Radiant Green. These floor panels are precision molded from expanded polystyrene with a distinct orange color, with two types available for new construction and retrofit projects.

Radiant Comfort™ new construction panels are designed to be installed below the concrete slab. These panels have interlocking edges for a secure placement and to prevent concrete from seeping through the joints. The Radiant Comfort™ retrofit panels are designed to be installed above the subfloor and below any flooring option, such as ceramic tiles or hardwood floors.

Radiant Comfort™ panels save on installation time and eliminate the guesswork for professionals and homeowners alike. Since one panel type is used for the entire installation, no professional design or shop drawings are needed, eliminating the hassle with using left turn, right turn and straight pieces. In addition, there is no stapling required because the groove channels hold the radiant tubing right in place!

ThermalStar® Radiant Comfort™ panels provide both a heating system template and insulation all in one product, and are backed by a limited lifetime warranty for both physical and thermal performance. For more information, please visit http://www.ThermalStarRadiantComfort.com

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Atlas Roofing Corporation Sponsors Construction at Camp Liberty

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BYRON CENTER, MI/ATLANTA, GA- Atlas Roofing Corporation is pleased to announce its sponsorship of upcoming construction at Camp Liberty. Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Camp Liberty provides therapeutic programs to U.S. military service members, veterans and their families through inclusive outdoor recreation. Stretching across 137 beautiful acres, Camp Liberty offers acres of prairie grasses and wildflowers, hunting grounds for deer, turkey, coyote and pheasants, along with riverfront property for fishing, kayaking and canoeing. Camp Liberty’s purpose is to aid U.S. Veterans with rehabilitation and reintegration, particularly those recovering from traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorders, in a natural outdoor setting. Thus far, Camp Liberty has invested $35 million into conservation to support the wildlife on its property.

Camp Liberty acquired its property in December of 2012, and is in early stages of phase one construction. Roads and foundations have been completed, and framing is scheduled to begin in early April. This first phase will provide facilities for recreational therapy and educational services to educate veterans and the public about treatments available for traumatic brain injuries. Together, Atlas EPS and Atlas Roofing are donating $20,000 worth of materials towards the build, including ThermalStar® LCi-SSTM (insulated structural sheathing), ThermalStar® Radiant ComfortTM (in-floor heat panels), CrossVent® Nail Base, Pinnacle® Roof Shingles featuring ScotchGard® Protector, Gorilla Guard® Roof Underlayment and WeatherMaster® PolysealTM Underlayment. Funding for Camp Liberty comes strictly from grants, private loans and fundraising events, with facilities staffed and operated entirely by volunteers. To date, Camp Liberty has collected $210,000 worth of materials and $70,000 in cash donations. Estimated cost for phase one construction is $360,000. Since Camp Liberty staff is volunteer and overhead expense is minimal, spending can be dedicated to programs, equipment or facilities.

Atlas Roofing Corporation is a proud sponsor of Camp Liberty. To learn more about Camp Liberty or to support their upcoming construction projects, visit their website at http://camp-liberty.org/. Stayed tuned for more updates on the phase one progress.

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Atlas EPS Adopts New Evaluation Agency


ULBYRON CENTER, MI – Atlas EPS is pleased to announce its formal evaluation listing with Underwriters Laboratories (UL).  The new evaluation report (UL ER16529.1) is a direct comparison to the traditional ICC-ES evaluation report that has been standard for the industry.  Atlas EPS has long relied on UL for third-party approval auditing and classification listing, and it is confident that the new UL evaluation report will enhance its reputation of providing code-compliant building materials.

“With competitors to ICC-ES emerging in the code evaluation field, UL seemed a better fit for Atlas EPS, given its strength in fire safety and material compliance,” said Ted Grant, Technical Services Director at Atlas EPS.  “We made the change with careful consideration of the reputation of UL for code compliance.  Clients should be assured that products marked ‘ER16529.1’ will be readily accepted by code inspectors.”

The new UL report includes approvals for exterior walls of commercial buildings (NFPA285 approvals), products exposed in basements with no drywall, R-value enhanced Neopor products, and water resistive barriers.  These applications are not “prescriptive” in the codes. However, the UL evaluation report informs inspectors how the products have passed ASTM, ICC-ES, or NFPA criteria to prove their suitability for the application.

Atlas EPS continues to be the leader in the EPS industry for approved products in all areas of building construction.  In addition to the evaluation report, Atlas EPS continues to use Classification Listings with UL for UL723 (E84), C578, E2430, D6817, UL790, and UL263 (hourly fire ratings).  FM Approved products are also available.

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The Latest Solution from Atlas EPS: Color Coded Geofoam
BYRON CENTER, MI—There’s only one tool necessary to accurately install multiple types of geofoam in a single project- your eyes. With the new color coding system by Atlas EPS, multiple types of Elevation® geofoam can be distinguished at a glance, enabling anyone on the job site to verify the appropriate material is being used. Each geofoam type has a different density, and corresponding compressive resistance. Until now, designers and installers have been hesitant to specify and use multiple material types due to the risk of installing the wrong type at the wrong location, causing a potential failure. This reluctance often led to over-specification and increased project costs. However, thanks to the new color coding system exclusively from Atlas EPS, engineers can design to specific load requirements for different locations within the project, using multiple material types to save money. Lisa Render, Geofoam Specialist at Atlas EPS, said the innovative approach was inspired by the company’s collaborations with engineers and contractors. The idea first arose during a project at the Cleveland Medical Mart (CMM) plaza that required five types of geofoam. “Toward the end of the project, the on-site supervisor saw a second color of foam we had sent them and indicated his team could have installed faster if they had had multiple colors of foam to help them identify material type,” she said. Atlas Orange During another project, the engineer agreed that using two material types would be ideal, but he was afraid the contractor would mix them up. “When I understood his reluctance, I asked if he would be comfortable specifying two types of material if they were entirely different colors,” she said. When he saw how color coding could reduce the risk of errors while making the installation fast, easy, and more economical, the engineer quickly agreed. While Atlas EPS previously had differentiated different types of Elevation® geofoam by hand marking them with different color stripes, Render explained, “It only helps identify the material type when you are right next to the foam blocks. With the entire block being colored, even the forklift operator can identify material types from 50 feet away. It just makes for faster, easier, more reliable identification of material type on multi-type projects. Even the shop drawings are color-coded, making the installation as simple as putting together a Lego project.” Using multiple material types isn’t just good for the budget and schedule; it’s good for the environment too. Instead of selecting the foam type with the highest compressive resistance required for the entire project, engineers can specify multiple types to meet specific performance requirements for different areas, including lower cost densities that use fewer raw materials. Initial response to the color coding system has been overwhelmingly positive as customers discover how much it can simplify complex projects. After seeing how the multi colored system would work, an onsite supervisor said, “I wish having colored pieces was an option at the beginning of the project. It would have made identification of the different material types much easier.”

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LATEST LABORATORY STUDIES OF EPS INSULATION: Water Absorption and R-Value Properties
BYRON CENTER, MI (April 2014) — In 2008, the first third-party test results were released from a 15-year in- situ study comparing XPS to EPS in a side by side environment. These results proved several inaccuracies communicated to the public from the XPS industry about the performance of EPS and XPS. In addition to that study, several more tests have been conducted further disproving their claims and validating the superior performance of EPS for below-grade applications. XPS-rooftop-installationEvaluation of the materials after excavation clearly shows that over time the EPS insulation maintained its thermal resistance, or R-value, while XPS insulation did not. EPS was found to retain 94% of its original R-value due to lower moisture content. XPS, on the other hand, retained moisture (18.9% as measured by volume), and thus retained only 52% of the original R-value. 15year-EPS-XPS-study-excavationFurther studies have since been performed to study the affects of water retention on insulation. In one test performed by an independent laboratory, XPS insulation was installed in four different locations: below grade, on a roadway, and on two roof tops. Another test evaluated the performance of both EPS and XPS insulation when exposed to moisture and freeze-thaw cycles to simulate severe environmental conditions. While both polystyrene foams retained a low percentage of moisture by volume, EPS types tested higher for retained R-value properties. Each of the new studies showed the same final results. There is a clear trend that the R-value loss for any insulation is directly related to the percentage of water absorption by volume. The drying potential of thermal insulation is critical to maintaining R-value under long-term exposure conditions. The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) recently proposed a new standard to evaluate the drying potential of construction materials. Until this standard is available, independent research studies, such as the tests summarized in this press release, are the only way to educate users on the superior drying ability of EPS. Figure 1: 15 Year Below Grade Results Side by Side testing of EPS and XPS EPS-XPS-rvalue-retention-chart   Figure 2: XPS % Of R-Value Retention After In-Situ Water Absorption XPS-rvalue-loss-chart

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ELEVATION GEOFOAM ON THE I-405: A RETROSPECTIVE ONE YEAR LATER

BYRON CENTER, MI (February 2014) — Thanks to Elevation® Geofoam, the Sunset exit of the 405 San Diego Freeway is reconstructed and open to traffic. The widened off ramp and new retaining wall was originally designed and constructed using standard soil backfill. Within a short period of time, the retaining wall suffered differential settlement, with one side sinking lower than the other. There was not enough space or time for conventional ground improvement techniques, and Atlas EPS’ Elevation Geofoam was chosen as soil replacement for this section of the $1 billion California Freeway Project. DSCN0355Barber-Webb, in coordination with Kiewit Infrastructure West, the general contractor for Los Angeles County Metro Transit Authority, started installing the Geofoam in April 2013. They began with a geomembrane to serve as a barrier and to protect the blocks long term from petroleum spills. After several layers of Geofoam blocks were in place, pea gravel was pumped in to create the sloped embankment, and then a load distribution slab was poured on top. DSCN0356Elevation Geofoam, a lightweight structural fill material is only 1/100th the weight of soil. Geofoam fill reduces or eliminates the settling that occurs with traditional construction methods. Geofoam has been used under roads in Europe for over 40 years and within the US for over 17 years. In addition, Geofoam is environmentally safe and provides a structural integrity that is especially beneficial in areas with seismic activity. The maintenance-free engineered fill helps to minimize lane closures, speeds up construction and reduces future road construction costs. Because of the many advantages Geofoam provides, it will be used in future California road projects in 2014 and 2015. About Kiewit Kiewit Corporation is one of North America’s largest and most respected construction, mining and engineering organizations. Kiewit offers construction and engineering services in a variety of markets including transportation, water/wastewater, heavy civil, power, oil, gas and chemical, building and mining. About Barber-Webb The Barber-Webb Company, of Los Angeles, California, fabricates and installs a wide variety of liners and specialized plastic products. For more information, visit http://www.barber-webb.com/ or call 888-922-7237.

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INSTALLATIONS BEGIN FOR THE NEW THERMALSTAR® LCI-SS™ FROM ATLAS EPS

BYRON CENTER, MI (January 2014) — Atlas EPS is pleased to announce that production and installations have begun for their newest product, ThermalStar® Laminated Continuous Insulation – Structural Sheathing, or LCi-SS™. ThermalStar LCi-SS is a continuous exterior insulated structural sheathing for residential, multi-family and light commercial construction. photo1LCi-SS is featured on a show home built by Garman Builders in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania because it offers the builders the most economical and easiest solution to build for the R13+5 specification. The R13+5 rating allows builders to add a continuous insulation sheathing over the exterior side of an R13 wall cavity. This creates a thermal break between the wall framing and the exterior, reducing energy loss. Continuous insulation reduces moisture problems within the wall cavity by moving the dew point to the exterior side of the sheathing and increasing wall cavity temperatures by 25 degrees. DSCN1247Architects and engineers specify the R13+5 code prescription over a 2×6 wall design for its higher actual R value wall and superior building science attributes – and now many states are offering incentives for its use.  Atlas ThermalStar LCi-SS makes meeting the +5 requirements easy – there are no structural compromises and it’s more economical than standard R20 2×6 construction. It has a product R-value of 5 and qualifies as a water-resistant barrier. LCi-SS is comprised of a 1-3/16” sheet of EPS core with polymeric film facer on the exterior side and a 7/16” sheet of OSB on the interior side. Using LCi-SS insulation panels in single-family, multi-family and light commercial construction reduces costs and installation time by providing insulation, structural support and a water barrier all in one product. The ThermalStar EPS core is manufactured with a code-approved termiticide for long-term pest resistance. Since ThermalStar EPS contains air in the insulating cells, the R-value does not degrade over time and does not emit harmful gases into the environment. The EPS core of LCi-SS is readily accepted for recycling. ###

ATLAS EPS ADDS PROCESS CONTROL ENGINEER, DEAN KNIGHT

BYRON CENTER, MI (December 2013) — Atlas EPS is pleased to announce the recent addition of engineer Dean Knight, to its Martinsville, Virginia facility. Mr. Knight brings 24 years of experience in business knowledge, engineering and product management in agricultural commodities. WP_20131202_003As Process Control Engineer, Mr. Knight will work with both management and support personnel to ensure the smooth operation of automation, processes and controls. When needed, he will be able to present alternative solutions based on his own personal knowledge, engineering background and the experiences of his colleagues. Another role as Process Control Engineer is Project Management, including documentation of the project from inception to completion, and staying abreast of emerging technologies and applications to gain a competitive edge in the industry. Mr. Knight says, “Being hired as a Process Control Engineer, I knew, would be challenging, exciting and a great fit with my background and knowledge. I feel confident that through hard work and the willingness to learn, I can help propel Atlas EPS Martinsville to achieve its goals and initiatives.” Mr. Knight earned his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from Appalachian State University.

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Elevation® Geofoam® – the Preferred Structural Fill System

BYRON CENTER, MI (November 2013) — The Elevation® Geofoam® family of products, manufactured by Atlas EPS, is the preferred fill material for a wide variety of applications: slope and soil stabilization, embankments and roadbeds, reducing lateral pressure on retaining walls, and even tiered seating for schools and theaters. Elevation Geofoam blocks are lightweight – just 1/100th the weight of soil or concrete – with load bearing capabilities up to 2,678 psf, making them the perfect structural or fill material. Elevation Geofoam is also the only system that provides up to four color options for use on projects with multiple areas requiring different load bearing capabilities. Each color corresponds to specific load bearing performance and makes value engineering Geofoam projects easier than ever. Elevation Geofoam is categorized into three brands based on application:

SlabMaxElevation® SlabMax™ is specially engineered to replace concrete in projects with areas that require fill and need to be topped with a concrete slab. It is an excellent choice for renovation projects, often used as an interior fill material since it can be quietly installed in occupied buildings. It is also ideal for stadium seating, pool fills, renovations requiring new stairs or ramps, or changes to floor elevations or slope for updated ADA compliance.

RoadMaxElevation® RoadMax™ is the ideal structural fill for projects with poor soil conditions in embankments, retaining structures, utilities placed under roads, road widening, or bridge abutments. Elevation RoadMax is an excellent choice for urban environments and high traffic highways. Since no surcharging or soil compaction is required, it reduces the construction schedule and minimizes lane closures. Once Elevation RoadMax is in place, no ongoing maintenance is required, allowing road contractors to “get in, get out and stay out.”

SoilMaxElevation® SoilMax™ provides an environmentally-friendly fill material for projects requiring a lightweight soil replacement.  Elevation SoilMax installs fast and is a maintenance-free solution for plaza decks, green roofs, golf course design and hillside stabilization. One truck of Elevation SoilMax is equivalent to 12 dump trucks of soil, making it the perfect clean and quiet fill for urban environments.

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Introducing ThermalStar® LCi-SS™, 
Laminated Continuous Insulation – Structural Sheathing, from Atlas EPS BYRON CENTER, MI (October 2013) — Atlas EPS introduces ThermalStar® Laminated Continuous Insulation – Structural Sheathing, or LCi-SS™, a continuous exterior insulated structural sheathing for residential, multi-family and light commercial construction. LCi-SS is comprised of a 1-3/16” sheet of EPS core with polymeric film facer on the exterior side and a 7/16” sheet of OSB on the interior side. The production of LCi-SS is a joint venture with High Performance Building Systems, LLC, who serves as the North American distributor for the new product. LCi-SS Gallery PictureUnlike other nail base products, the 7/16” span-rated OSB faces inward to increase racking strength. This integrated sheet of OSB, along with the proprietary nailing system, allows for uncompromised code prescriptive shear values and eliminates the need for expensive engineering review. Using LCi-SS insulation panels in single-family, multi-family and light commercial construction reduces costs and installation time by providing insulation, structural support and a water barrier all in one product. LCi-SS is supplied as 4’x8′ panels with square cut edges. Additional sizes are available, including 4’x9′ and 4’x10′. It has a product R-value of 5 and qualifies as a water-resistant barrier. The ThermalStar EPS core is manufactured with a code-approved termiticide for long-term pest resistance. LCi-SS can be installed using standard tools to cut or otherwise customize panels to fit application. Since ThermalStar EPS contains air in the insulating cells, the R-value does not degrade over time and does not emit harmful gases into the environment. The EPS core of LCi-SS is readily accepted for recycling. About High Performance Building Systems High Performance Building Systems High Performance Building Systems LLC (HPBS) researches, develops and brings to market products that deliver energy performance, code compliance, ease of use and economy. HPBS LLC focuses primarily on the residential homebuilding industry and expects to introduce more products in the near future. HPBS LLC is located in Pennsylvania. ###

Atlas EPS Develops New Insulation Product for Agricultural Construction

BYRON CENTER, MI (September 2013) — Atlas EPS, a division of Atlas Roofing Corporation, introduces ThermalStar® AGR™, a new rigid insulation product designed specifically for use in agricultural construction. Using ThermalStar AGR roofing panels in animal confinement quarters allows for proper ventilation, odor control and reduced humidity. When roofing and walls are properly insulated, condensation can be prevented, even during cold weather and snow accumulation. A controlled environment helps reduce animal stress, which leads to less mortality and ultimately maximum productivity. Used in other agricultural construction, such as crop containment or machinery storage facilities, ThermalStar AGR panels increase efficiency in both installation and maintenance. Hog-Barn-exteriorAvailable in three thicknesses, ThermalStar AGR is lightweight, washable, moisture- and mold-resistant, and easy to install. The rigid insulation panels can be handled much the same as wood sheathing, using similar tools or simple utility knives to cut, score, shape, or otherwise customize panels to fit any agricultural construction application. The shiplap edges help prevent energy leakage and allow for dimensional movement. indoor hog barnUnlike other rigid insulation products which emit the gasses used to provide an initial higher R-value, ThermalStar AGR contains only air in the insulating cells. With no gasses emitted into the environment, the insulating benefits do not degrade over time, and the contribution to the global warming problem is eliminated. In addition, each Atlas EPS plant serves as a recycling center to keep useful materials out of landfills by processing construction tear-offs. Atlas EPS is committed to producing quality building products through environmentally responsible manufacturing. Because of this commitment, the company is not only complying with required environment laws, they are integrating sound environmental practices in all of their business decisions.

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Atlas EPS Introduces New ThermalStar® Chrome™ Product

BYRON CENTER, MI (August 2013) — Atlas EPS, a division of Atlas Roofing Corporation, has added a new member to the ThermalStar product family – ThermalStar® Chrome™. Named for its dark gray color, ThermalStar Chrome is made with Neopor® resin from BASF. This special graphite additive enhances the insulating performance of conventional expanded polystyrene, giving an already superior product even greater benefits and flexibility

ThermalStar ChromeAtlas’s ThermalStar manufacturing process has been developed specifically to allow for performance-enhancing additives to be introduced into the polystyrene. These additives – branded as EPSX® Technology– include a second generation, code approved, integrated termiticide for long-term protection and waxes for enhanced moisture resistance. Each Neopor polystyrene granule contains graphite, lending it a distinct gray color. The graphite additive – and not blowing agents – increase the R-value by approximately 20%, setting ThermalStar Chrome apart from other products.

Atlas ThermalStar Chrome insulationThermalStar Chrome products are available to service a wide range of construction applications including: insulated siding backer, continuous insulated wall sheathing, structural insulated panel cores, sunroom panel cores, and higher performance stucco underlayment. Thermalstar Chrome products are the perfect choice whenever a high R-value is required, but thicker products are less feasible. Thanks to its higher R-value per inch, the ThermalStar Chrome family of construction products meets or exceeds the performance of competing rigid insulation materials. ThermalStar products are listed on industry-leading reports with ICC-ES, UL and other certification agencies.

BASF Neopor LogoAbout BASF BASF is the world’s leading chemical company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. The company combines economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. BASF products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. BASF originally stood for Badische Anilin-und Soda-Fabrik. Founded in 1865, the company is headquartered in Ludwigshafen, Germany and employs more than 113,000 people.

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Atlas EPS contracts with Rigid Insulation Expert Randy Newton

BYRON CENTER, MI (June 2013) — Atlas EPS recently sat down to talk to independent representative, Randy Newton, a 25-year veteran of the extruded polystyrene industry. They talked about his experience with XPS products, and how he came to be a sales rep for Atlas EPS.

Newton started his career at UC Industries, a privately held company based in Parsippany, New Jersey, and one of the leading producers of XPS foam. In 1988, UC Industries introduced a new insulation product to the construction market – FOAMULAR. The pink-colored extruded polystyrene material captured the attention of the Owens Corning Fiberglass Corporation, which then acquired UCI in 1994. As part of the buyout, Newton continued working with the FOAMULAR product for Owens Corning for several years.

In 2001, Newton transitioned to a new role in the industry when he opened an independent agency, R. Newton Sales Inc., representing XPS products to construction developers, specifiers, and architects. He recently took on the challenge of learning about and working with below-grade insulation material, which is how he began his relationship with Atlas EPS.

Newton now focuses on promoting ThermalStar® X-Grade® products from an architectural perspective. He was impressed with Atlas EPS because they clearly put a lot of research and development into their products. As a representative, he feels confident selling a product from a company that stresses quality and professionalism.

Randy Newton earned his Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee. He is a member of the Construction Specifier Institute (CSI) and is a certified Construction Documents Technologist.

ATLAS EPS ADDS CIVIL ENGINEER, DOUG HULA, PE

Doug Hula PhotoBYRON CENTER, MI (April 2013) — Atlas EPS is pleased to announce the recent addition of civil engineer Doug Hula, PE, to support the growth of its Elevation® geofoam product line. A licensed Professional Engineer, registered in the State of Michigan, Mr. Hula brings over 14 years of experience in geotechnical engineering and construction materials testing.

 In this new role, Mr. Hula will provide volume estimates, value engineering, shop drawings and details, technical support and civil engineering expertise to project stakeholders. Mr. Hula will support the sales team, providing information and advice to design professionals, and provide value-added service after the sale, such as installation recommendations and problem solving for contractors. Mr. Hula says, “It’s exciting to work with a material that has so many different applications in transportation, commercial/residential buildings, and landscape architecture, and a team that is so adept at delivering solutions to its customers.”

Steve Heaton, Director of Sales & Marketing said, “Doug is already making an impact on the business in just weeks.” Virtually unheard of in the EPS industry, the addition of an engineer with Mr. Hula’s qualifications demonstrates the commitment that Atlas EPS continues to make to the geofoam industry and its customers.

Mr. Hula earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University, is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE), and is a past president of the Western Chapter of MSPE.

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ELEVATION GEOFOAM USED IN $1 BILLION CALIFORNIA FREEWAY PROJECT Elevation GeoFoamBYRON CENTER, MI (March 2013) — Elevation Geofoam, manufactured by Atlas EPS and installed by Barber-Webb, was used this week in the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project in Los Angeles on the 405 San Diego Freeway. The retaining wall at the Sunset exit, which suffered from excessive settling after the initial construction, was demolished and is being rebuilt using Elevation Geofoam. The Geofoam will support the new wider off-ramp without adding significant weight. Kiewit Infrastructure West, the general contractor for Los Angeles County Metro Transit Authority, re-designed the retaining wall by replacing the soil backfill with approximately 5,620 cubic yards of highway grade Elevation Geofoam, a lightweight, structural fill material with superior properties. At 1/100th the weight of soil, Geofoam fill reduces or eliminates the settling that occurs with traditional construction methods. Elevation GeofoamGeofoam has been used on roads in Europe for over 40 years and within the US for over 17 years. In addition to reducing settlement and stabilizing soil, Geofoam is environmentally safe and provides a structural integrity that is especially beneficial in areas with seismic activity. The maintenance-free engineered fill helps to minimize lane closures, speeds up construction schedules and reduces future road construction costs. About Kiewit Kiewit Corporation is one of North America’s largest and most respected construction, mining and engineering organizations. Kiewit offers construction and engineering services in a variety of markets including transportation, water/wastewater, heavy civil, power, oil, gas and chemical, building and mining. About Barber-Webb The Barber-Webb Company, of Los Angeles, California, fabricates and installs a wide variety of liners and specialized plastic products. ### ATLAS EPS SUPPLIES MANUFACTURER WITH KEY COMPONENT FOR NEW 7-ELEVEN STORE IN DALLAS Construction is Complete in only 5 Days 7-Eleven Store_PressReleaseBYRON CENTER, MI (February 2013) — Using products from Michigan-based Atlas EPS, PorterCorp, of Holland, Michigan, supplied Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) to Project Frog. Project Frog, a green-building startup in San Francisco, California, is revolutionizing the construction industry by building new 7-Eleven stores in just 5 days. Designed with pre-fabricated SIPs, and delivered in numbered boxes for easy assembly, the energy-efficient designs can be built much faster at a lower cost. Construction consisted of assembling pre-manufactured components and flat-packed SIP wall and roof panels. Even bathrooms were assembled off-site, delivered in giant boxes, and lowered into place by crane. Assembly was at least one month faster than using conventional construction methods and about 50% of the price. Atlas EPS was chosen as the supplier for the expanded polystyrene insulation foam used in the Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs). With a reputation for setting the industry standard, Atlas EPS is known for its high-quality, engineered rigid insulation. About Project Frog Project Frog, located in San Francisco, California, provides component buildings that assemble easily onsite, giving architects and builders a fast and cost-effective way to create buildings. About PorterCorp PorterCorp is a design, engineering and manufacturing company focusing on exterior structures and insulated building envelopes. Located in Holland, Michigan, PorterCorp was one of the first producers of SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels). ### ATLAS EPS ELEVATION® GEOFOAM — THE EFFICIENT SOLUTION FOR YOUR FILL NEEDS BYRON CENTER, MI (February 2013) — What’s the most efficient way to quickly fill a large concrete floor area on the interior of an existing building? Or an area that can’t support the full weight of concrete? Stop by the Atlas EPS booth N2743 during the World of Concrete and we’ll show you how Atlas EPS Elevation® Geofoam addresses the fill needs of your transportation, non-transportation, light construction and landscaping projects. Atlas Elevation® Geofoam — 100 times lighter than soil — is engineered with consistent physical properties for the highest level of stability and predictability. Its combination of light weight and compressive resistance makes it an attractive fill material for a wide variety of transportation and non-transportation applications. ### ATLAS EPS SUPPORTING ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL 2013 DREAM HOME $1 MILLION FUNDRAISER BYRON CENTER, MI (December 2012) — To help raise $1 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Atlas EPS is supplying ThermalStar® X-Grade® Insulation for the Kansas City 2013 Dream Home giveaway. Money is raised for the hospital through $100 raffle tickets that give purchasers a chance to win the new home currently under construction in Raymore, Missouri, as well as donations from the fundraising efforts of public and private individuals and businesses. Other companies providing services and products include Summit Custom Homes of Kansas City and ABI Concrete Foundation Construction. St. Jude is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. It is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment that is not covered by insurance. With outstanding thermal and physical properties, ThermalStar® X-Grade® Insulation protects below-grade foundation walls or slabs during backfilling and creates a superior barrier against damaging moisture while meeting R-value requirements. ThermalStar® X-Grade® Insulation is 100% recyclable, contains no CFCs, HCFCs or VOCs, is free of hazardous outgassing agents, cuts easily and installs with minimal waste. For more information about the Kansas City 2013 Dream Home and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, visit their website. ### ‘NET-ZERO’-CONSTRUCTED ABC GREEN HOME OPEN AND GENERATING EXCITEMENT BYRON CENTER, MI (October 2012) — The “net-zero” ABC Green Home, of which Atlas EPS is a product partner, officially opened in Irvine, California in mid-October and is already generating interest and outstanding coverage from national and local media outlets, including the New York Times, PBS, ABC News and Orange County Register. The home is being used by Southern California Edison to demonstrate and promote energy efficiency, technological advances and healthy living in home building. As product partner, Atlas EPS supplied two-inch ThermalStar® Rigid Insulation for continuous insulation under the home’s siding to support the all-around energy efficiency of the 1,700 square-foot, one-story residence. ThermalStar® Rigid Insulation is 100% recyclable, contains no CFCs, HCFCs or VOCs, is free of hazardous outgassing agents, cuts easily and installs with minimal waste. “All of us at Atlas EPS are extremely proud to be a part of this important project that demonstrates how affordable ‘net-zero’ homes⎯ones that produce as much energy as they use⎯are achievable today,” says Steve Heaton, Atlas EPS Director of Sales and Marketing. “Homes similar to the ABC Green Home can be built for around $85 to $125 per-square-foot by any builder on any lot using off-the-shelf materials available from any builders’ supply outlet.” Located at the Orange Country Great Park in Irvine, the wheelchair-accessible home is expected to be visited by hundreds of thousands of potential homebuyers and home building industry members over a 12-month period, after which it will be donated to a wounded veteran/family through Habitat for Humanity. For more information about the ABC Green Home project or to read the media coverage it has received, visit the following sites: • ABC Green Home Product PartnersNY TimesYahoo – VideoPBS – VideoKABC Local NewsOrange County Register

ABC Green Home ABC Green Home, Orange Country Great Park, Irvine, California   ThermalStar Cutaway Illustration Cut-away illustration to educate visitors about ThermalStar® Rigid Insulation.   Green Home publication with article about Atlas EPS and ThermalStar® Rigid Insulation ad. This publication is being sent printed and electronically to thousands of builder community and building products industry members.

  ATLAS EPS EXPANDING DISTRIBUTION, PRODUCT OFFERINGS IN SOUTHEASTERN U.S. WITH TRI-STATE FOAM PRODUCTS ACQUISITION BYRON CENTER, MI (September 2012) — Atlas EPS, a division of Atlas Roofing Corporation, has completed the acquisition of Tri-State Foam Products plant in Martinsville, Virginia. The Tri-State facility began operation in 1984 and has been a regional leader in both fabricated and shape-molded EPS applications for construction, packaging, and OEM markets. Tri State has maintained a consistently strong reputation for stability, superior quality and customer service throughout its lengthy history as a single-plant operation. Product diversity and innovation have been stalwarts for the south-central Virginia location. The Martinsville plant capacity is enabling Atlas EPS to significantly increase its distribution and product offerings throughout the southeastern United States. Atlas EPS is currently integrating its Integrity™ OEM, Elevation® Geofoam and ThermalStar® Rigid Insulation product lines into the facility. ATLAS EPS ACQUIRES TRI-STATE FOAM PRODUCTS Tri State FoamBYRON CENTER, MI (July 2012) — Atlas EPS, a division of Atlas Roofing Corporation, is pleased to announce the acquisition of TSF Holdings, Inc. (Tri-State Foam Products) located in Martinsville, Virginia. Tri-State Foam Products has been in operation at this location for over 27 years, providing EPS foam product solutions for customers in the mid-Atlantic area. Throughout their years in business, Tri-State Foam Products has been very customer service oriented which fits well with Atlas’ continued emphasis on customer satisfaction, quality, and exceptional service. Kevin Farrell, current president of Tri-State Foam Products views this acquisition as a positive move for its customers and employees. “Atlas EPS is the ideal partner to move forward with,” states Farrell. “With the additional technology resources Atlas EPS brings, as well as the expanded product offering, we only see good things happening in the future.” “Atlas Roofing Corporation is excited to add the Tri-State Foam facility and capacity to the Atlas EPS network of plants,” states Atlas EPS General Manager Bob Butkus. Atlas EPS specializes in developing, manufacturing, and marketing quality, HCFC-free expanded polystyrene insulation for packaging products, recreational vehicles, garage and pedestrian doors, sunroom panels, roofs, walls, and many other interior and exterior construction applications. “We look to integrate our Integrity™ OEM, Elevation® Geofoam and ThermalStar® Rigid Insulation product lines into this facility almost immediately,” says Director of Sales & Marketing Steve Heaton. Current and future customers will certainly benefit from the increased product offering and extensive branding, as well as the increase in geographic serviceability. With plants across the U.S. and in Mexico, Atlas EPS provides innovative, cost-efficient and energy-conserving product solutions coast-to-coast. Each Atlas EPS location also serves as a recycling center to keep useful materials out of landfills by processing construction tear-offs. All Atlas EPS products are third-party tested and certified/listed with ASTM, ICC, ONNCCE, Underwriters Laboratories and Factory Mutual. In addition to the EPS business, Atlas Roofing Corporation is also a leading North American manufacturer and marketer of asphalt shingles, roofing underlayments, polyiso insulation, and facers for the gypsum and polyiso industries. Ken Farrish, President of Atlas Roofing Corporation notes, “the addition of Tri-State comes at the same time as we open our new polyiso facility in Vancouver (Canada), emphasizing our commitment to the insulation market.”   U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY REPORT: MOVING TO COMPLIANCE WITH 2009 AND 2012 IECC CREATES SUBSTANTIAL COST-SAVINGS FOR CONSUMERS, ENERGY SAVINGS FOR THE COUNTRY BYRON CENTER, MI (July 2012) — A recent report from the U.S. Department of Energy shows that moving from a baseline of the 2006 International Energy Conservation Codes (IECC) to 2009 and 2012 IECC editions can have substantial long-term cost benefits for owners of new single-family and multifamily homes and significantly reduce the energy used in the U.S. as a whole. When used for sheathing, roofing and below-grade applications, ThermalStar® Rigid Insulation from Atlas EPS can play a key role in these cost and energy savings. ThermalStar® Rigid Insulation maintains its superior thermal and physical properties over time and helps reduce energy consumption, while creating a more comfortable living environment for the buildings occupants. Highlights of the cost and energy savings noted in the report—”National Energy and Cost Savings for New Single- and Multifamily Homes: A Comparison of the 2006, 2009, and 2012 Editions of the IECC”—include the following:

  • Long-term cost-effectiveness for consumers: • Lifecycle cost savings over a 30-year period, averaged across all building types and configurations, are significant in all climate zones.
  • — Average consumer savings range from $1,944 in Climate Zone 3, to $9,147 in Climate Zone 8 when comparing compliance with the 2009 IECC to the 2006 edition.
  • — Lifecycle cost savings for compliance with 2012 IECC versus the 2009 IECC average $2,280 in Climate Zone 2 and up to $23,900 in Climate Zone 8.
  • — Comparing the 2012 IECC edition to 2006, lifecycle cost savings average $4,763 in Climate Zone 2 and $33,105 in Climate Zone 8.
  • National average energy savings against a 2006 IECC baseline: • 2009 IECC saves 10.8% of the energy spent in the U.S. for heating, cooling, water heating and lighting.
  • • Moving to compliance with 2012 IECC saves 32.1%.

A pdf of the full report can be downloaded at http://www.energycodes.gov/sites/default/files/documents/NationalResidentialCostEffectiveness.pdf. Information about how the cost-effectiveness and energy savings estimates were developed is available at www.energycodes.gov/development/residential.   ATLAS EPS ANNOUNCES ABC GREEN HOME PARTNERSHIP, C-TPAT CERTIFICATION AND PRODUCT DISPLAYS FOR CHANEL BYRON CENTER, MI (June 2012) — To further support its long-time, ongoing commitment to developing innovative, energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable insulation products, Atlas EPS has joined the ABC Green Home project in Southern California as a product partner. Each product partner company is providing substantially sustainable products and supplies⎯from lumber and framing to water and irrigation systems, and even eco-friendly furniture⎯to support the all-around energy efficiency of the 1,700 square-foot, one-story home (see artist rendering below). Atlas EPS is supplying ThermalStar® Rigid Insulation as underlayment for the home’s siding. ThermalStar® Rigid Insulation is made from 100% recycled and recovered resin, contains no CFCs, HCFCs or VOCs, is free of hazardous outgassing agents, cuts easily and installs with minimal waste. Groundbreaking for the ABC Green Home was held in mid-June and the foundation will be poured in mid-July at the Orange Country Great Park in Irvine, California. Once completed, it is expected to be visited by hundreds of thousands of potential homebuyers and home building industry members. The home will be used by Southern California Edison to demonstrate and promote energy efficiency, technological advances and healthy living in home building for 12 months, and then later donated. For more information about the project, visit http://www.abcgreenhome.com/ProductPartners.php Atlas EPS Tijuana Plant Receives C-TPAT Certification The Atlas EPS plant in Tijuana, Mexico has obtained the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C TPAT) certification offered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency. This initiative between the government and private businesses is intended to build relationships that strengthen international supply chains and improve U.S. border security. Among the benefits of C-TPAT certification to Atlas EPS and our clients are use of FAST (Free and Secure Trade) Lanes for boarder crossings by our trucking company; priority processing of deliveries and reduced delays at the border; reduction in U.S. Customs inspections, and “front-of-the-line privileges,” which means shipments selected for examination can be moved ahead of any other non C-TPAT shipment waiting for inspection. Atlas EPS Expanded Polystyrene Foam on Display at Chanel Stores Atlas EPS expanded polystyrene foam can now be found among the clothing, accessories and fragrances at Chanel boutiques around the country⎯not for sale, but as decorative molding on the displays that showcase the high-end retailer’s goods. Lightweight, cost-efficient and easy to carve or sculpt into a variety of shapes, Atlas EPS expanded polystyrene foam is the perfect solution for retailers who frequently update the look of their stores by changing-out displays.   EXPANDED POLYSTYRENE FOAM FROM ATLAS EPS ‘CAST’ IN COMEDY MOVIE, ‘THE FIVE YEAR ENGAGEMENT’ The 5-Year EngagementBYRON CENTER, MI (May 2012) — Emily Blunt and Jason Segal may star in the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based comedy film, “The Five Year Engagement,” but expanded polystyrene foam from Atlas EPS plays a key-supporting role. In one important scene, the foam was carved, and then painted, into the porcine-shaped sign of the “Drunken Pig Bed & Breakfast,” in front of which Blunt and Segal share a kiss. For its second performance, the Atlas EPS foam recreated piles of “snow” for several winter scenes. Gingerbread Trim Company, Inc., Livonia, Michigan, which provides quality precast and rigid insulation trim parts to the construction industry, supplied the Atlas EPS foam and Helton Brothers, Redford, Michigan, created the props.   ATLAS EPS ANNOUNCES NEW MANUFACTURING REPRESENTATIVE AGENCIES BYRON CENTER, MI (April 2012) — Atlas EPS, a division of Atlas Roofing, has added two new agencies to its list of North American manufacturing representatives:

  • • Adroit Marketing, Inc., West Bend, Wisconsin (covering Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin)
  • • Building Resource, Toronto, Ontario (covering the Ontario, Canada market)

  THERMALSTAR® X-GRADE® TAPERED RIGID FOAM FROM ATLAS EPS MEETS CHALLENGE AT FORMER CHURCH CONVERSION IN MICHIGAN BYRON CENTER, MI (April 2012) — One challenge of converting the 120-year-old building that once housed the First Baptist Church in Allegan, Michigan into the community’s new senior citizen center was the former sanctuary. The floor of the theatre-style sanctuary—which slanted down to a raised stage at the front of the room—needed to be filled in and brought level with the stage’s height so underlayment and carpeting could be installed in what will be the center’s new community room. The project is scheduled for June completion. The solution was installing approximately 17,500 bdft of ThermalStar® X-Grade® tapered rigid foam from Atlas EPS, a division of Atlas Roofing. ThermalStar® X-Grade® tapered was especially applicable for this particular project because its high compressive strength and durability will hold up under the weight of flooring, furniture, equipment and group gatherings. In an area where termites are present, the rigid foam’s integrated termiticide was also a key-determining factor. Grand Rapids, Michigan-based contractors involved in the Allegan Senior Citizens Center project include Wolverine Building Group, general contractor; Roof Master, Inc., contractor, and Chris Dawson, Allied Building Products, primary engineer.   ATLAS EPS ANNOUNCES NEW PRODUCTS, CCMC-EVALUATION AND NEW NATIONAL ACCOUNTS MANAGER BYRON CENTER, MI (March, 2012) — Atlas EPS, a division of Atlas Roofing, announces the addition of two new products to its ThermalStar® construction products line of diverse expanded polystyrene roofing, sheathing and insulation materials; recently completed product evaluations by the Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC), and a new National Account Manager. ThermalStar® CXT™ rigid contour siding insulation Available June 2012, new Atlas EPS ThermalStar® CXT™ rigid contour siding insulation—specifically designed and precision-cut for an exact fit behind exterior polymer siding products—creates a more solid exterior for impact resistance and delivers an added layer of protection against extreme weather and high winds for increased energy efficiency. The added durability and impact resistance provided by ThermalStar® CXT™, an enhanced orange EPSx product, means a home’s curb appeal starts out looking great—and stays looking great—for years to come. ThermalStar® XTR™ exterior insulating stucco sheathing Available now in the Southwest United States through a partnership with Omega Stucco products, new ThermalStar® XTR™ rigid substrate—with a distinctive, trademarked orange color—will serve as an excellent sheathing for one-coat stucco systems, while providing superior thermal insulation and much higher quality than typical white EPS products. Ideal for residential and commercial exterior wall applications, lightweight XTR™ panels install quickly and easily and feature a proprietary code-approved termiticide; wax matrix for long-term protection and improved moisture resistance; integrated drainage channels on the back side featuring DrainFind™ technology, and front side anti-slough dimples for improved mechanical and bonding of stucco. When used with a one-coat stucco system, ThermalStar® XTR™ meets California Title 24 more efficiently and less expensively than existing three-coat systems. CCMC-evaluation of rigid board thermal insulation products The Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC), which operates within the National Research Council’s Institute for Research in Construction (NRC-IRC), has completed its evaluation of two Atlas EPS moulded/expanded polystyrene (EPS) rigid board thermal insulation products—ThermalStar® EWG™ EIFS and ThermalStar® XTR™. ThermalStar® EWG™ EIFS has been evaluated as conforming to CAN/ULC-S701-05, Type 1 and ThermalStar® XTR™ as conforming to CAN/ULC-S701-05, Type 2. CCMC offers a national evaluation service for all types of innovative commercial and residential building construction materials, products, systems and services. CCMC Evaluation Reports provide construction specialists, such as professional designers and building regulators, with important technical information on the use of construction materials, equipment or systems. New National Accounts Manager Craig Woodson has joined Atlas EPS as the company’s new National Accounts Manager, with responsibility of overseeing National Accounts focused on the construction-building products industry. Craig has more than ten years of experience in the EPS industry.   ATLAS EPS ELEVATION® GEOFOAM PLAYING KEY ROLE IN HIGH-VISIBILITY PROJECTS, INDUSTRY CONFERENCES BYRON CENTER, MI (February, 2012) ⎯ From plaza decks and roadways at a large medical mart/convention center remodel and expansion project, to stadium-seating renovation at a legendary baseball field, to exhibits at key civil engineering conferences, Atlas EPS Elevation® Geofoam is making an impact on construction projects and communities—and civil engineers, construction specifiers, architects, project managers and others—across the country. Cleveland Medical Mart & Convention Center When it opens in 2013, the new Cleveland Medical Mart & Convention Center, designed to bring buyers and sellers together, will be the world’s only facility targeted specifically at the medical and healthcare industries. Located in the heart of downtown Cleveland, Ohio, the more than 500,000-square-foot complex will include a four-story medical mart with permanent showrooms for medical manufacturers and service providers and an adjoining underground convention center with trade show exhibit space and meeting rooms. On top of the convention center’s underground parking garage will be two malls with landscaped gardens, open-air performance stages and other public spaces. During the six-phase construction project, three grades and 46,000-50,000 cubic yards of Atlas EPS Elevation® Geofoam will be installed under the facility’s roadways and plaza decks:

  • • EPS46 – for the heavier roadbed load capacity needed to accommodate delivery truck and mall event traffic
  • • EPS39 – for plaza deck areas where heavier trees will be planted and festivals and other large-crowd events will be held
  • • EPS29 – for plaza deck parks and lighter pedestrian-traffic areas

  “This may be the single-largest plaza deck application using geofoam, to date,” says Lisa Render, Atlas EPS geofoam specialist. “It’s also somewhat unique in that 12-24 inches of soil are being applied, compared to the usual 48 inches used to hold down the geofoam. In this case, using Elevation® Geofoam is a key component for adding fill and elevation without creating excessive weight that could cause structural issues.” Primary engineer for the project is URS Corporation; Turner Construction Company is general contractor, and Independence Excavation is installing the geofoam. Wrigley Field Atlas EPS Elevation® Geofoam is also playing a key-supporting role in getting a new stadium-seating project ready for the Chicago Cubs’ 2012 opening day at Wrigley Field. The project involves renovating Wrigley’s right field corner bleacher section into a vendor’s party patio deck with standup tables instead of individual bleacher seats. Approximately 124 cubic yards of Elevation® Geofoam EPS29 are being installed under the deck to support the weight of snow, food and beverage equipment and other loads that stadium-seating projects typically aren’t required to accommodate. Primary engineer for the project is Osborn Engineering, Cleveland, and general contractor is Strata Contractors, Chicago. Indiana DOT U.S. Highway 31 Extension The latest of several Indiana Department of Transportation roadwork projects that Atlas EPS has been involved with is the upcoming extension of U.S. Highway 31. The Indiana DOT is upgrading 13 miles of existing U.S. Highway 31 to meet Federal interstate standards, improve safety and increase mobility in Hamilton County. According to IDOT, in terms of dollars this will be the largest and most aggressive road project ever attempted in that county. Nearly 15,000 cubic yards of Elevation® Geofoam EPS19 will be used for the off-ramp roadbed and embankments of a new interchange at Section 38 of the highway. A geo-membrane will also be applied to protect the geofoam from vehicle-related hydrocarbon vapors. Scheduled for a June 2012 start-date and 2014 completion, the extension is expected to cut 30 minutes off travel time between Indianapolis and South Bend. General contractor is Milestone Contractors, Indianapolis. Atlas EPS Conference Exhibits Atlas EPS is exhibiting at two important conferences in March and will have company representatives on-site to provide attendees with information about Elevation® Geofoam and its features and applications.

  • 98th Annual Purdue Road School March 6-8 Purdue University West Lafayette, IN State officials, local professionals, industry consultants, academics, elected officials and civil engineering students convene for technical sessions and discussions focused on traditional topics, such as pavements and bridges, as well as other timely topics.
  • Geo-Congress 2012 “State of the Art and Practice in Geotechnical Engineering” American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) March 25-29 Oakland Marriott City Center Oakland, CA ASCE’s Geo-Congress 2012 will give members of the national and international civil engineering community the opportunity to view innovative new products, see service demonstrations and speak one-on-one with engineering-solution providers.

  UNDERWRITERS LABORATORIES CLASSIFICATION ThermalStar® Roofing Underlayment is now classified with Underwriters Laboratories. BYRON CENTER, MI (May 27, 2011) ⎯ ThermalStar® Roofing Underlayment is now classified with Underwriters Laboratories for use with several PVC membrane systems over existing roofs. The specific classification listing based on UL790 surface burning tests can be accessed by clicking here (then scroll to final listing at bottom). The listing is for Non Combustible decks at 1/2″ slope maximum, using 1/2″ thick ThermalStar® Roofing Underlayment. Although other Atlas EPS products are included in this surface burning approval listing, these products should not be used in direct contact with PVC membranes due to potential long term chemical degradation of the system. ThermalStar® Roofing Underlayment has been assessed for compatibility with PVC membranes and has passed all requirements.   FALCON FOAM RENAMED ‘ATLAS EPS’ Name change reflects company’s leadership in expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation industry. BYRON CENTER, MI (February 22, 2010) ⎯ Falcon Foam, a division of Atlas Roofing Corporation, has been renamed “Atlas EPS” to reflect its leadership position in delivering innovative, energy-saving solutions and products for the expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation industry. Atlas EPS specializes in developing and manufacturing quality, HCFC-free expanded polystyrene insulation for recreational vehicles, garage and pedestrian doors, sunroom panels and many other interior and exterior construction applications. As a pioneer in the manufacture of EPS insulation produced without environmentally harmful blowing agents, Atlas EPS research specialists are actively engaged in developing innovative, energy-saving insulation products, while maintaining the outstanding thermal and mechanical properties expected from all Atlas EPS products. With plants across the U.S. and in Mexico, Atlas EPS provides innovative, cost-efficient and energy-conserving product solutions coast-to-coast. Each Atlas EPS location also serves as a recycling center to keep useful materials out of landfills by processing construction tear-offs. All Atlas EPS products are third-party tested and certified/listed with ASTM, ICC, ONNCCE, Underwriters Laboratories and Factory Mutual. “Atlas EPS does more than just manufacture world-class products,” says General Manager Robert Butkus. “We’re constantly working with our customers to develop new products and new and greener EPS applications, while at the same time, working to improve the performance of our core product lines. With a dedicated Engineering Department and Technical Services Group, we can work with new and existing customers to ensure the best possible product designs at a competitive price.” About Atlas EPS Established in 1965, the company has played a significant role in the industry-wide growth of EPS technology and product applications. Atlas EPS is headquartered in Byron Center, MI, at the largest EPS manufacturing plant in the industry. Parent company, Atlas Roofing, is well established in the construction industry and offers a complete line of roofing, sheathing and insulation products.