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Mill Steel to Market PPG’s DURASTAR® ULTRA-COOL® SMP Coatings

Published on 2016-07-28. Author : SpecialChem

PITTSBURGH -- PPG and Mill Steel have announced that Mill Steel will stock, market and sell DURASTAR® ULTRA-COOL® silicone-modified polyester (SMP) coatings by PPG to building product manufacturers. Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mill Steel is one of North America’s largest steel distribution and service centers.

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Mill Steel to Market PPG’s DURASTAR® ULTRA-COOL® SMP Coatings

Increasing Availability of PPG’s SMP Coatings

Brian Knapp, PPG director, coil and building products, said the agreement leverages the strengths of both organizations and enables them to meet growing demand for innovative solutions in the building products industry.

“PPG looks forward to offering Durastar ULTRA-Cool coatings’ full cool-color palette exclusively through Mill Steel,” he said. “Building products manufacturers choose to work with Mill Steel because they value a trusted supplier that inventories a wide palette of colors in durable, sustainable, high-performance coatings. With its legacy of growth and proven sales organization, along with unmatched distribution and fulfillment, Mill Steel will broaden access for all consumers to PPG's advanced product offering.”

Mill Steel Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer Eric Lambert agreed. “Mill Steel and PPG created this alliance to offer building component manufacturers an unprecedented combination of service, innovation and performance. By providing superior flat-rolled steel and the high-quality coatings needed to protect and beautify it, we support our customers by adding longevity and value to their finished products.”

Based on proprietary resin technology and an exclusive coatings formulation process, Durastar ULTRA-Cool coatings deliver a cost-effective blend of the exceptional exterior durability required to protect metal siding, roofing and other building components with an optimum balance of exterior gloss retention, chalk and fade resistance, and forming flexibility to help them look good.

Durastar ULTRA-Cool coatings incorporate infrared-reflective pigments that reflect solar heat to keep buildings cooler and reduce air-conditioning-related energy use. They are available in an array of light, medium and dark colors to meet cool roof requirements established by LEED®, ENERGY STAR®, the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC), Title 24 and ASHRAE 90.1.

All Durastar ULTRA-Cool coatings undergo industry-standard testing for South Florida weather exposure and resistance to salt-spray, humidity, acid rain, abrasion and other environmental hazards.

About Mill Steel

Founded in 1959, Mill Steel Co. is one of North America's premier flat-rolled steel suppliers. Serving some of the world's most demanding industries, the business has grown over the past 57 years and annually ships to its valued customers in excess of 750,000 tons. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mill Steel operates five service centers in Grand Rapids and Melvindale (Detroit), Michigan; Jeffersonville, and Anderson, Indiana; and Birmingham, Alabama; and two steel-framing manufacturing locations in Jeffersonville and Birmingham. Mill Steel continues to grow by sticking to its founding principles of reliability and accountability. It has organized its company around those values, investing in new technologies and markets along the way.

About PPG

PPG works every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and materials that its customers have trusted for more than 130 years. Through dedication and creativity, it solves its customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, it operates and innovates in more than 70 countries and reported net sales of $15.3 billion in 2015. It serves customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets.

Source: PPG

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