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Seen & Heard at INTEX 2016

We're always on the look out for the industry's latest and greatest products that can help make your job safer, easier and more productive. That's what brought us again to the 2016 INTEX Expo, the largest trade show specifically catering to the wall and ceiling industry, in New Orleans, April 18-19, 2016.



Overcoming the Challenges of Noncombustible Construction Systems

Jose Estrada, Product Marketing Manager - Structural Solutions, USG

As building systems become more complex and technology drives product innovation, construction systems have evolved to protect building occupants, owners and communities from the devastating effects of fire.



L&W Branch Managers Offer Winter Safety Tips

Although jobsite safety is a year-round priority, Old Man Winter serves as a cold reminder that companies and individuals involved in building trades need to be properly prepared for the season.

 Depending on which region you’re in, different safety concerns may be present during cold weather months. We asked a handful of L&W Supply branch managers from around the country to share how they maintain a safe jobsite for employees and a safe store environment for customers. Read about the extra measures they take to support L&W’s culture of safety. You can also find more tips on how to be proactive when it comes to addressing winter-related safety issues in this blog post.

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Impact of Wood Framing in Mid-Rise Construction: An Interview with SFIA’s Larry Williams

Andy Callaway, L&W Supply Category Manager, Interior Walls

 There are indications that the use of wood framing in mid-rise construction  is on the rise, so we went to the Steel Framing Industry Association’s (SFIA)  Executive Director Larry Williams, a 30-year veteran in  the cold-formed steel  framing industry, to get his thoughts. 



Right Panel, Right Place: The Difference Between Type X and Type C

Nestor G. Sanchez, Sr. Manager, Building Science

Something has been troubling me. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen Type X panels used instead of Type C panels (or vice versa) in fire-resistant construction. I even saw a sell sheet from a manufacturer recently promoting how their lightweight Type X boards were one of the only lightweight boards that is Type X rated for walls, beams, columns and CEILINGS. The total disregard for the need for Type C panels in ceilings is so common it’s unbelievable; and I think it’s happening far more than anyone notices.



What’s Your EMR, Why You Should Care, and How Much Can It Cost You

By Justin Dugas, Director, Safety and Health, USG Corp.

Nearly all contractors I’ve worked with know that safety performance is key to their business’ success, and it’s common knowledge that a solid safety program drives increased productivity and lower operating costs. Considering that safety is so foundational, we take great interest in understanding the performance of those we partner with for specialized work. One factor we’ve found particularly useful in comparing service providers is the Experience Modification Rate, or EMR.



Don’t Get Burned: Critical Components of Fire Safety for Contractors

Andy Callaway, L&W Supply Category Manager, Interior Walls

In 2013, a fire department responded to a structure fire every 65 seconds and fire claimed nine lives every single day, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Contractors are often the last line of defense in ensuring proper construction of a building and nowhere is that more important than in matters of fire and life safety. Understanding fire safety components and proper application doesn’t just help prevent injury and loss of lives, it can help contractors win bids and increase productivity too. 



South Carolina State Museum Planetarium – A Stellar Success!

Andy Callaway, Category Manager, Interior Walls and Skip Austin, National Sales Director of Radius Track

Like an honored guest at a banquet, the South Carolina State Museum (SCSM) Planetarium sits prominently at the east end of the SCSM building. In contrast to the main museum, a historic brick building constructed in 1894 for cotton duck cloth manufacturing, the expansive glass walls surrounding the 44 foot tall planetarium sphere look like a jewel box. 

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Seen and Heard at INTEX 2015

Andy Callaway, L&W Supply Category Manager, Interior Walls

The most influential wall and ceiling professionals in the nation gathered for the 2015 INTEX Expo in sunny Long Beach, California April 29-30,2015. L&W Supply has had the pleasure of attending the INTEX show for many years, but this was the first year we had our own exhibit booth as well.



5 Benefits of LED Lighting Every Contractor Should Know

Marc Garza, Category Manager, Ceilings

Light emitting diodes, commonly referred to as LEDs, have swept the conventional lighting marketplace for a variety of reasons, most notably for their extended life spans, reduced energy consumption, and low maintenance requirements. By 2030, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) estimates that LED technology could save 190 terawatt hours of electricity per year, which equates to a whopping $15 billion. 



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