CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--USG Corporation (NYSE: USG), a leading building products company, and its distribution subsidiary, L&W Supply Corporation celebrated achieving the prestigious Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star designation from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for the L&W Supply, Indianapolis Drywall Supply branch.
“This experience has not only pushed us even harder to maintain safe operations, but reinforced its importance in all aspects of our lives.”
Indianapolis is the third L&W Supply branch to achieve the Star designation, the highest recognition within OSHA’s VPP program. OSHA officials presented the award to the branch’s 15 employees today, with L&W Supply senior management and customers also in attendance.
To attain the Star designation, employees, management and OSHA work together to implement safety and health programs and processes that go beyond OSHA regulations to further protect employees and promote safe operations. Fewer than 2,500 worksites of the more than eight million in the U.S. have received the VPP Star designation.
L&W Supply is the largest specialty dealer in North America for drywall, ceilings, steel framing and other building materials, with more than 140 locations. Indianapolis Drywall Supply opened in 1970 as the first L&W Supply branch location. It supplies construction materials to builders, contractors and other customers in central Indiana. Like all L&W Supply branches, it specializes in delivering the materials and then stocking them throughout the job site. Despite the potential hazards posed by this process, the L&W Supply employees have established an exceptional safety record. The Indianapolis branch has not experienced a lost workday incident since December of 2004.
“The L&W Supply team in Indianapolis achieved these results not just at the branch but while operating on job sites, where conditions change constantly and are often beyond employees’ control,” said Brendan Deely, president and chief executive officer, L&W Supply, and executive vice president, USG Corporation. “It takes exceptional ability and focus to meet these exceptional challenges, and it’s why we are recognized as industry leaders in safety.”
Indianapolis Drywall Supply completed a rigorous application process to qualify for the Star designation, which included implementing new procedures and documentation.
“We began this process more than two years ago, and everyone on this team has demonstrated exceptional dedication toward our company’s core value of safety,” said Joe Jansen, branch manager, Indianapolis Drywall Supply. “This experience has not only pushed us even harder to maintain safe operations, but reinforced its importance in all aspects of our lives.”
L&W Supply and USG are industry leaders in safety. Eleven USG manufacturing locations and three L&W Supply branches, including Indianapolis, are OSHA VPP Star worksites. Nearly 90 percent of L&W Supply’s branches have worked 1,000 consecutive days or more without a lost-time injury.
USG Corporation is a manufacturer and distributor of high-performance building systems through its United States Gypsum Company, USG Interiors, LLC, L&W Supply Corporation and other subsidiaries. Headquartered in Chicago, USG’s worldwide operations serve the commercial, residential, and repair and remodel construction markets. USG’s wall, ceiling, flooring and roofing products provide leading-edge building solutions for customers, while L&W Supply branch locations efficiently stock and deliver building materials nationwide. For additional information on USG, visit www.usg.com.
L&W Supply is the largest specialty dealer in North America for drywall, ceilings, steel framing and other building materials used by commercial and residential specialty contractors. L&W Supply currently operates nearly 140+ locations across 37 states in the United States. L&W Supply operates under the names Building Specialties, L&W Supply, CK Supply, CALPLY and others. For additional information on L&W Supply, visit www.lwsupply.com.