Joint Venture Would Produce Energy-Efficient Building Systems
NOVA Chemicals Corp., which makes plastics and chemicals used to produce consumer/industrial/packaging products, and Dietrich Metal Framing, a manufacturer of light-gauge metal framing and finishing products for commercial and residential construction, have formed a joint venture combining Dietrich's expertise in light-gauge steel framing with NOVA's expandable polystyrene technology to produce strong, efficient building systems for residential and light commercial use.
These building products, the companies state, will provide advantages to building owners and homeowners over traditional wood construction, including lower heating and cooling costs, improved strength and durability under adverse weather conditions, and resistance to termites and mold.
The joint venture is expected to be fully operational by January 2007 and will have offices in Pittsburgh. Andy Claypole, currently director of NOVA Chemicals' building and construction business, will serve as president and general manager.