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Tue April 23, 2013 - National Edition
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(L-R) are Ian Miles, president and CEO of Cambridge and North Dumfries Hydro Inc.; Tony Shaughnessy, Arriscraft engineering manager; Andy Hall, Arriscraft plant manager; Trevor Cochrane, Arriscraft elecrical technician; and Uel McFall, McFall Consulting.
(L-R) are Ian Miles, president and CEO of Cambridge and North Dumfries Hydro Inc.; Tony Shaughnessy, Arriscraft engineering manager; Andy Hall, Arriscraft plant manager; Trevor Cochrane, Arriscraft elecrical technician; and Uel McFall, McFall Consulting.

General Shale’s record of environmental stewardship is well-recognized within the manufacturing industry, and a recent award affirms the company’s efforts. Arriscraft International, a subsidiary of General Shale, has been recognized by the Cambridge (Ontario) Chamber of Commerce with its distinguished annual award for excellence in energy conservation.

General Shale is the North American subsidiary of Wienerberger AG and a leading manufacturer of brick, one of the world’s oldest green building materials. General Shale is celebrating its 85th anniversary in 2013.

In the area of conserving energy, Arriscraft — a manufacturer of stone products located in Ontario — has reduced its kilowatt hours per 1,000 kilograms of material produced by 23 percent since 1999. Andy Hall serves as plant manager of the Arriscraft facility.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, and this is a good example of our employees’ efforts at our locations throughout North America,” said Dick Green, CEO of General Shale. “We are very proud of our environmental stewardship. Technology has improved so that production processes require 70 percent less energy than in the 1970s, and our reclamation and recycling efforts continue to be a top priority.”

Each year, the Cambridge Chamber honors individuals and businesses that have made an important contribution to the economic and social wellbeing of the city. The Cambridge Chamber’s award winners for 2012 were announced at a special presentation in March.

The Environment-Excellence in Energy Conservation award recognizes a business that embraces sustainable best practices and outstanding programs designed to maintain, protect and promote a healthy environment. Specific areas of judging include energy use reduction, energy alternatives and/or the adoption, implementation or adherence to environmentally friendly business practices on a company-wide basis. The 2012 Business Excellence Awards attracted 56 nominations in categories that included environmental, entrepreneurship, personal business achievement, lifetime achievement, business of the year and more.

About General Shale

General Shale is North America’s largest brick, stone and concrete block manufacturer, supplying a wide variety of masonry materials for residential, commercial and specialty architectural projects. These materials include brick, thin veneers, stone, outdoor living kits and various building materials. There are approximately 250 distinct combinations of sizes, colors and textures to complete any building project. With a life cycle of more than 100 years, the sustainability of brick is the company’s commitment to responsible stewardship.

Throughout the United States and Canada, General Shale operates manufacturing facilities in nine states and provinces, in addition to a network of 31 distribution centers across the country. General Shale was founded in 1928 and is headquartered in Johnson City, Tenn.

For more information, visit www.generalshale.com.