2001 News

Aided by the Vinyl Industry, a One-Man Recycling Operation Grows to Service Eastern United States
ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 14, 2001 - After a plastic recycling company in Burlington, N.C., went out of business in the late 1990s, one determined employee with entrepreneurial spirit decided to continue the recycling of vinyl himself.

Alliance with the Vinyl Industry Helps a Post-Consumer PVC Container Processor Expand Its Operations
ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 14, 2001 - For a small company facing fundamental questions about business expansion, George Glenn's business didn't fare too badly.

Vinyl Roof Gives Art Museum Cool Looks, Reliable Performance
An architect's work is typically grounded in a certain philosophy or vision of how lines, shapes and forms interact with each other to create a defined structure. Just as often, it may reflect an institution's mission. As in, for instance, "see, explore and make art" - the motto of Bellevue Art Museum in Bellevue, Wash.

Vinyl Taking Over in the Woods
For more than 20 years, the wooden signs pointing the way through Minnesota's parks and forests have been carved and painted at a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) shop on the outskirts of Grand Rapids.

Reflective Vinyl Roofs Save Energy
ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 13, 2001 - Faced with rising energy costs, smart building managers are discovering that light-colored roofs made of vinyl offer a unique solution. Scientists have found that reflective surfaces on top of buildings can play a critical role in cutting energy consumption inside them.

Cool Roofs Save Energy Measured Energy Savings in a Large Retail Store
In a recent study, a cost-competitive reflective roof membrane reduced the average summertime daily maximum roof-surface temperature of a retail store in Austin, Texas, from 168°F (76°C) to 126°F (52°C).

Interior Designer Uses Vinyl to Make High Impact at Entertainment Powerhouse
The Nashville entertainment powerhouse Gaylord Entertainment - best known as the parent company of The Grand Ole Opry, and co-owner of the National Hockey League's Nashville Predators - needed a new cafeteria. Its employees needed a place not only to eat, but also where they could get away from the stress of this fast-paced industry. Using vinyl, Tiffany Lyda, IIDA, successfully designed such a place.

Open-Air Stadium Uses Vinyl Roofing
Installing roofing in nice weather can be satisfying work, especially when you’re a football fan and working on the newest NFL stadium in the country. There’s only one hitch – most of the 200,000 square feet of roofing surface on the new Denver Bronco Stadium isn’t in the open air at all.

Military Base Becomes Newest Community Along Chicago's North Shore
Designers used two-toned vinyl windows in upscale townhouses and single-family homes at a converted former U. S. military base. "People are looking for maintenance-free homes all the time - even if the homes are over a million dollars," says Chicago architect involved in the project.

Custom Vinyl Fencing Adds Olympic Class to 2002 Winter Games Ski Venue
When the events begin in February of next year, over 4,500 feet of new permanently installed vinyl fence will be on display at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

Teaching Method Drives Design -- Vinyl Flooring Frees Designer and Architect
Elementary school turns to vinyl flooring in a new design plan aimed to stimulate innovation and creativity. Why vinyl? Says project director of interior design: "It really boils down to two things, design flexibility and durability."