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Euclid Chemical Acquires Liquid Concrete Admixtures Manufacturer

Euclid Chemical | November 16, 2021

Euclid Chemical, a leading manufacturer of concrete and masonry construction products, has announced its recent acquisition of the business of Brett Admixtures, which has exclusively manufactured and commercially promoted Euclid solutions since 1998.

"Primarily serving the upper Midwest of the U.S. and Canada's Manitoba province, Brett Admixtures has a deep-rooted knowledge of Euclid's product line, a similar business philosophy and culture, and many long-term customers earned through its unwavering commitment to serviceThis acquisition serves as an opportunity for Euclid Chemical to drive greater growth across the business, while continuing to provide the same exceptional products and services that our customers have come to expect."

Tom Gairing, president of Euclid Americas

With headquarters and primary operational activity located in Albertville, Minn., Brett Admixtures also has facilities in Sioux Falls, S.D., Marengo, Iowa, and Fargo, N.D. Allowing for geographic growth, this infrastructure will yield manufacturing and distribution synergies for both businesses across their newly expanded operations footprint.

As part of the acquisition, Jim Gubbin, the acting vice president for Brett Admixtures, will assume responsibility for all operational, distribution and field services matters, while John Brett Jr., sales manager for the company, will lead Brett's proven team of admixture consultants and sales representatives as they join Euclid's operations and sales teams.

About Euclid Chemical
Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Euclid Chemical has served the global building market for more than a century as a leading manufacturer and supplier of specialty products and technical support services for the concrete and masonry construction industry. Euclid Chemical's expansive product line includes admixtures, fiber reinforcement, concrete repair products, flooring materials, decorative concrete systems and more.

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MSA Safety Unveils New Line of Firefighter Protective Clothing at Interschutz

MSA Safety | June 21, 2022

MSA Safety Incorporated a global leader in firefighter safety equipment and technology, marked the opening of Interschutz 2022 with the unveiling of a new line of firefighter protective clothing (FPC) that is specifically designed to meet the needs of firefighters in Germany, the Netherlands and across continental Europe, offering enhanced comfort and compatibility with MSA's advanced safety equipment and solutions. Called the MSA® Bristol X4, the new line of FPC integrates MSA Bristol's expertise in creating high-performance protective clothing with MSA's market-leading experience in firefighting technologies and connected solutions. The result is a range of new FPC options that provide enhanced comfort, ergonomics and full compatibility with MSA's suite of state-of-the art firefighter equipment, from helmets and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), to the very latest in monitoring accountability and communication devices. "The development of the MSA® Bristol X4 line represents a great new addition to the MSA portfolio of innovative safety solutions for firefighters. We're excited to be back at Interschutz because we will be able to demonstrate how the new X4 line of FPC integrates with other MSA products to provide additional capabilities for use in extreme environments." Bob Leenen, President of MSA's International Business Segment Working seamlessly with the company's iconic Gallet F1XF structural helmet and the industry-leading M1 SCBA, both of which are widely used among fire services across continental Europe, the MSA Bristol X4 has been created with input from hundreds of firefighters in Germany and the Netherlands to deliver a solution designed for these specific markets. As an example, the German fire service market requires an Integrated Harness System and Drag Rescue Device. To meet this need, the X4's Integrated Harness System offers added safety when working at heights. The X4 jacket features an integral belt, lanyard and carabiner that can be easily accessed via a pocket and flap. The Drag Rescue Device, accessed from the upper back of the jacket and via a pocket near the knee, can be used to carry or pull a downed firefighter to safety in an emergency. In the Netherlands, firefighters expressed the need for stronger kneepads for comfort when crawling or operating in confined spaces, and special reflective elements for additional visibility. To address this customer preference, MSA Bristol designers incorporated ergonomic shaping and a streamlined fit, reducing bulk and weight, all while maintaining full range of motion. Jason Traynor, General Manager of MSA's Global Fire Service Products, noted that with the launch of the new X4 line, MSA is now able to provide a full line of fire service products to firefighters Germany, the Netherlands and throughout continental Europe. "We will continue to listen to the needs of our customers and develop the innovative products and solutions they want – and need, he said." The X4 line is manufactured with the latest high quality fabric combinations from leading fiber and fabric manufacturers, including WL Gore, PBI Performance Products and Hainsworth. The line has been designed to meet the requirements of CEN standard EN469 Level 2, is available in a wide range of color combinations to suit regional preferences, and can be customized with a selection of optional pockets and loops to accommodate specific equipment. As a global leader in innovative firefighter safety equipment and technology, MSA Safety will also showcase its Connected Firefighter Platform – a suite of advanced safety technologies that work in concert to significantly improve firefighter monitoring, accountability and communication. Two key components of the Connected Firefighter Platform are the LUNAR® Connected Device and MSA's FireGrid® software services. A multifunctional handheld device, LUNAR provides personal thermal imaging and several other innovative features that are designed to enhance firefighter safety and accountability. These innovations include MSA's proprietary Firefighting Assisting Search Technology (F.A.S.T.) network, which alerts and guides teammates to downed team members. In addition, cloud connectivity provides incident command with an overview of on-scene operations by aggregating data from other MSA devices, such as the M1 breathing apparatus. In use, it can transmit key self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) information such as cylinder air pressure, battery status and various alarm indicators. FireGrid gives incident commanders the ability to evaluate and manage multiple situations in real time and from any location.

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Imperial Dade Adds Scale in Southeast, Acquires North Alabama Chemical

Imperial Dade | May 19, 2022

Imperial Dade, a leading distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, announced the acquisition of North Alabama Chemical. The transaction represents the 50th acquisition for Imperial Dade under the leadership of Robert and Jason Tillis, Chairman and CEO of Imperial Dade, respectively. Financial terms of the private transaction were not disclosed. Headquartered in Decatur, AL with two additional locations in Florence, AL and Huntsville, AL, NAC is a full-service provider of janitorial supplies, services and solutions owned and operated by Peter Farrell. The Company has built a strong reputation for its knowledgeable sales force, wide breadth of products, and high touch customer service. Now in partnership with Imperial Dade’s market leading platform, NAC’s customers can expect the same exceptional customized service coupled with an even greater offering of products and solutions. "NAC is a leading distributor in northern Alabama and has an excellent commitment to its customers, which makes it a great addition to the Imperial Dade platform," said Robert Tillis. “I am excited to partner with Peter and the NAC team to further grow our presence in northern Alabama in this next chapter of growth. This acquisition reinforces our focus to strengthen our presence in key growth markets to ensure our customers receive the highest quality service," said Jason Tillis. "Imperial Dade is a market leader with a strong culture and differentiated service quality, and we are excited to join their family. Under the leadership of Bob and Jason, we believe this partnership will strengthen our customer and supplier relationships," Peter Farrell, Owner of North Alabama Chemical About Imperial Dade Founded in 1935, Imperial Dade serves more than 90,000 customers across North America. Since Chairman Robert Tillis and CEO Jason Tillis assumed their roles in 2007, the company has grown both organically and through acquisitions to become a leader in the food service packaging and janitorial supplies industry.

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Xilica® Commits to Net Zero Carbon Emissions

Xilica Corporation | January 27, 2022

Xilica®, a provider of collaboration products that help unlock the power of human connection, announces its commitment to decrease the carbon emissions throughout its business to net zero and achieve Climate Neutral CertifiedSM status. Xilica will be carbon neutral across its global value chain, meaning that every Xilica product sold will have net zero climate impact and support the responsibility efforts of its partners and end customers. As the first vendor in its category to publicly commit to carbon neutrality, Xilica intends to empower customers by enabling more informed purchasing decisions that tie back to a product's impact on the environment. It also hopes that increasing awareness around organizations' carbon footprints will help drive greater reduction efforts throughout the supply chain. "Businesses have a profound opportunity to help tackle the climate crisis, and limit its impact on economic prosperity, human health and well-being that disproportionately affect segments of society. We know that fighting climate change requires strong, coordinated action across industries, and hope our own efforts will make a positive contribution to the larger movement for greater environmental responsibility." James Knight, COO, Xilica As part of its commitment to carbon neutrality, Xilica will work with a range of independent partners including Climate Neutral, an international non-profit organization that collaborates with brands to help offset the entirety of their carbon emissions through systematic measurement and analysis of direct and indirect emissions, supply and management of carbon offsets, and best practice guidance. "Consumers today are yearning for evidence that companies are aware of their contribution to climate change and committed to erasing it," said Climate Neutral CEO Austin Whitman. "We're thrilled to have Xilica commit to this journey. They will join our growing list of certified companies that are proving that we're living in a new era of leadership on climate by top brands." About Climate Neutral Climate Neutral is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to decrease global carbon emissions by creating a trusted net-zero certification for consumer brands. The Climate Neutral Certified label empowers consumers to consciously support companies that measure their entire carbon footprint, offset it in its entirety, and implement strategies to reduce it moving forward. Climate Neutral's standardized process makes it easier for companies to estimate their greenhouse gas footprint, identify credible carbon offsets, and prioritize measures to reduce their emissions. To learn more about Climate Neutral, visit climateneutral.org. About Xilica Xilica® creates collaboration products that help unlock the power of human connection. Built on decades of reimagining how people use technology, Xilica's solutions bridge the distance between individuals, teams, ideas and organisations — unleashing the power of understanding to transform business and society for the better. Through our focus on the enterprise, education and government markets, Xilica and its partners touch the daily lives of people in more than 100 countries.

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Westinghouse Expands Global Energy Storage Technology

Westinghouse Electric Company | May 06, 2022

Westinghouse Electric Company and Bulgarian Energy Holding the state-owned energy enterprise, have signed today a Memorandum of Understanding to implement Long-Duration Energy Storage in Bulgaria. The signing was witnessed by the Minister of Energy of Bulgaria Alexander Nikolov. The agreement calls for the installation of two Pumped Thermal Energy Storage units providing 2 GWh of sustainable energy storage. This significant addition will boost electric grid resiliency and provide an economic means to support and stabilize renewable energy generation in the country, with the potential to offset up to 0.7 million metric tons of CO2 emissions annually. The technology was developed within the Westinghouse family of companies. “The goal for carbon neutrality set by the European Green Deal is a serious challenge for the sustainable and competitive development of the energy sector. The reliability and affordability of energy systems based on various energy sources, such as wind and solar, may depend on the ability to store large amounts of generated low-cost energy for long periods of time. Large-scale deployment of LDES with the benefits this technology brings can significantly reduce the overall cost of future systems generating clean energy from renewables. BEH has a reliable partner with Westinghouse for an innovative and sustainable development of the energy sector in this country and the region.” Ivan Andreev, CEO of Bulgarian Energy Holding “Collaborating with BEH, the largest state-owned company in Bulgaria and a leader in the energy market, marks a significant step in our ability to provide countries with enhanced energy security options. We are providing an advanced long duration, grid-scale energy storage as a safe and reliable energy resource,” said Elias Gedeon, Westinghouse Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations. “Together, we can achieve European and Bulgarian net carbon goals utilizing an efficient and cost-competitive energy storage technology.” Westinghouse has developed a novel sustainable and scalable thermal storage technology and has partnered with Echogen Power Systems to meet the demand for LDES. Delivering 10 or more hours of reliable energy storage, PTES solves many of the challenges associated with other LDES applications, providing increased flexibility and class leading cost to manage fluctuations in electricity supply and demand. This solution features a design life of more than 50 years and utilizes low-cost, abundant materials, providing further advantages over common energy storage technologies. Westinghouse Electric Company is shaping the future of carbon-free energy by providing safe, innovative nuclear technologies to utilities globally. Westinghouse supplied the world’s first commercial pressurized water reactor in 1957 and the company’s technology is the basis for nearly one-half of the world's operating nuclear plants. Over 135 years of innovation makes Westinghouse the preferred partner for advanced technologies covering the complete nuclear energy life cycle.

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