USG Corp. and its distribution subsidiary, L&W Supply Corporation, worked with producers of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” to build seven homes for families in Joplin, Mo. The families lost their homes in the tornado that struck Joplin on May 22.
USG donated materials to construct the homes, including
various gypsum panels, joint treatments and tape, and cement board. L&W
Supply provided specialty trucks and employee volunteers to deliver these to
the job sites.
The Joplin branch worked with L&W Supply branches in
Tulsa, Broken Arrow and Oklahoma City, Okla., Rogers, Ark., and Olathe, Kan.,
to obtain volunteer wallboard installers. Customers Green Country Interiors and
Ketron Suspended Ceilings provided wallboard hangers to work on the homes.
“The courage and perseverance of the people of Joplin
inspired us to get involved,” said Brendan Deely, president and chief executive
officer, L&W Supply, and senior vice president, USG. “We are pleased to be
able to help them rebuild during this difficult time.”
Angie Martin, branch supervisor at the Joplin location, and
Steve Russell, branch manager, coordinated the company’s participation in the
“This is a perfect time to come together to help rebuild our
city,” Martin said. “It is wonderful to work on this project and to have so
much support from customers and our company. This has been an awesome
The Joplin families and their new homes were the subject of
the 200th episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” The broadcast date for
the episode has not been set.