Umicore Building Products Makes National News

Top Quote For LEED Gold project in Washington and "Global 100 Most Sustainable Companies." End Quote
  • Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC (1888PressRelease) February 08, 2012 - Umicore Building Products USA (UBP), the manufacturer of VMZinc® architecture zinc, made national news recently in three publications.

    The January/February edition of Architectural Products magazine spotlights Puyullap City Hall in Puyullap, Washington, a LEED Gold certified project whose façade features VMZinc's interlocking rain-screen panels in Quartz Zinc. Designed by Mithum Architects of Seattle, Washington, the city hall is a public/private partnership effort intended to renew Puyullap's urban core.

    For the city hall's mixed-material façade, Mithum specified VMZinc's Quartz-Zinc panels to add needed texture to the exterior of a building that occupies almost an entire city block. The rain screen system is self-supporting and the panels connect via an interlocking groove, which creates the appearance of a recessed joint.

    Design and Build with, a major online resource for the metal construction industry, and Metal Architecture, the leading authority on the use of metal in architectural applications and building design, both featured the recent news that Corporate Knights magazine once again ranked Umicore in the top 10 of the world's most sustainable corporations. Umicore ranked eighth in the "Global 100 Most Sustainable Companies" for "innovation, diversity, and productivity related to a set of environmental factors."

    "What an honor it is to be a part of a company that is dynamic, sustainable and known for working with really talented architects and installers," said Dan Nicely, Director of Market Development at VMZinc North America.

    Umicore is a 200-year-old global materials technology group headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, and the parent company of Umicore Building Products USA, whose international headquarters is based in Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information on the Umicore Group, go to For more information on UBP and VMZinc, visit

    About Umicore: Umicore is a global materials technology group. It focuses on application areas where its expertise in materials science, chemistry and metallurgy makes a real difference. Its activities are centered on four business areas: Catalysis, Energy Materials, Performance Materials, and Recycling. Each business area is divided into market-focused business units offering materials and solutions that are at the cutting edge of new technological developments and essential to everyday life. For more information:

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