CertainTeed recognizes those on the frontline of Fort McMurray rebuild
Oct. 4, 2017 – With an estimated 700+ home builds this year in Fort McMurray, those working in the construction industry are working at full capacity to get their family, friends and neighbours back into their repaired and rebuilt homes as quickly as possible. To recognize the determination and dedication of those on the front lines of the rebuild, CertainTeed announced today its search for Fort McMurray’sRebuild Heroes.
These Rebuild Heroes include contractors, foreman, drywallers, plumbers and others that are working countless hours to build homes and/or complete repairs. CertainTeed is calling for residents to nominate the Rebuild Heroes that are getting people back in their homes. To kick off the contest and help drive nominations, a CertainTeed Rebuild Hero truck will be visiting local partners and constructions sites October 4 & 5, delivering homemade snacks and hot drinks to more than 100 people at 10 construction sites around the city.
“CertainTeed has had a strong building material manufacturing presence to Western Canada for many decades and we have remained committed to maintaining our presence despite economic pressures and challenges. We recognize the resilience and fortitude of Fort McMurray, after the terrible impact of the wildfires of May 2016, and that the rebuild is a massive effort,” said Wayne Edgecombe, Vice President Sales, CertainTeed Gypsum Canada. “We want to take this opportunity to recognize and support the incredible community spirit to come back stronger than ever and recognize all the Rebuild Heroes that are bringing Fort McMurray Strong to life.”
Earlier this year CertainTeed increased its drywall production capacity at several facilities in Western Canada, creating over 50 new jobs, to ensure local supply for the building material needs of the Western Canadian construction industry and to ensure that there would be an adequate supply of drywall for Fort McMurrayconstruction. While drywall was the key product focus, the company is also prepared to support with insulation and ceilings should the need arise.
“When our team decided to do something to recognize those on the frontlines of the rebuild, we engaged with numerous local contacts to start pulling this program together,” added Edgecombe. “We’ve engaged key local partners such as Kenroc and FBM – both which have strong local distribution that is key to getting our products to local contractors. We’ve had such a positive response with several people donating their time because they share our desire to celebrate all those that are making this re-build a reality.”
Fort McMurray residents are encouraged to visit www.CertainTeed.com/RebuildHero from October 4 through November 3 to nominate their Rebuild Heroes. While the contest intends to honour all those who are working so hard to rebuild the city, five heroes randomly selected from all the submissions will each receive a $2,000 gift card. CertainTeed will also make a $2,000 contribution in each winner’s name to a local Fort McMurray charity of his/her choice.