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CertainTeed® Honors Best of the Best in Gypsum with Prestigious Trophy Award

Leading building materials manufacturer highlights the industry’s best as result of rigorous two-year competition, honoring excellence in drywall design and beyond

(Malvern, Pa.) – CertainTeed, North America’s leading brand of building materials, is pleased to formally announce the overall winners of the CertainTeed Gypsum US Trophy Awards, recognizing outstanding work using CertainTeed Gypsum products. Held in Austin, TX at the Horseshoe Bay Resort, those winners were honored in front of their peers as the best in the business.

Awarded every two years, the CertainTeed Gypsum US Trophy Awards recognize excellence in design, drywall installation and finishing. The competition judges building professionals for their gypsum-related skills in the following categories: Drywall, Plaster, Innovation & Sustainability, Residential, Non-residential, (Gypsum) Ceilings.

Sears Contract, Inc. and Michael’s Homes will proudly represent the United States at the 11th Saint-Gobain Gypsum International Trophy Awards ceremony this March in Lisbon, Portugal. Selected from nine top Regional projects that represented outstanding work using CertainTeedGypsum products, the two contractors were honored at the second CertainTeed Gypsum North American Trophy event in Austin. They will join Canadian contractors Smith Brothers Contracting Corp. and DonMor Drywall as the four North American honorees attending the prestigious international ceremony.

Showcasing its outstanding craftsmanship and artistry, Sears Contract, Inc. was selected for its work brought to the Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral in Raleigh, North Carolina. Featuring a unique Romanesque design and built with modern construction materials, the project required careful attention to detail with its challenging vast open spaces and specialized decoration.

Michael’s Homes was selected based on the strength of its outstanding work building the River Watch home in Soddy Daisy, TN. This custom 2,900 square foot single family home is a great showcase of not only quality construction and attention to detail but how home builders like Michael’s Homes look beyond the aesthetic to build their homes with features that run deeper than the surface aesthetics. The River Watch home utilized AirRenew, SilentFX, Habito and No-Coat corners to create a living space that improves the quality of life for the occupant in the areas of indoor air quality, noise transmission and lasting durability. AirRenew is standard on all Michael’s Homes projects.

“As a leader in North American gypsum, it is our honor to recognize the best in the industry – in both residential and commercial projects,” said Steve Hawkins, Vice President, Sales at CertainTeed Gypsum, Inc. “We have the utmost respect for the top talent among building professionals who balance the complexity of material performance specifications, delivering outstanding and notable designs, all while staying on time and on budget. Congrats to all finalists and of course, the winners.”

The CertainTeed Gypsum National Trophy’s overall winning projects will go on to compete on the global stage at the Saint-Gobain Gypsum International Trophy event in Lisbon in March 2018 where almost 90 projects from 35 countries will be showcased.

“These professionals continue to push the limits of construction and exemplify innovation and craftsmanship to the highest degree,” added Hawkins.

CertainTeed Gypsum has served the North American Building industry for more than 80 years and is a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s leading producer of gypsum products. This, in combination with the full range of affiliated CertainTeedCorporation building products, provides architects, contractors, builders and dealers one partner to provide service and support for commercial and residential building projects. For more information, visit

About CertainTeed

Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania, has helped shape the building products industry for more than 110 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm’s slogan “Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed,” inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed is a leading North American brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, drywall and ceilings.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest and oldest building products companies, CertainTeed has more than 6,300 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. The company had total sales of approximately $3.4 billion in 2016.

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