Background Information: Grace Construction Products
Grace Construction Products is a worldwide leader in developing and
marketing value-added specialty construction chemicals and specialty building
materials for the construction industry. A key business unit of W. R. Grace &
Co., Grace Construction Products has been serving the needs of the
construction industry for more than half a century. Its concrete admixtures,
cement additives, masonry products, waterproofing materials and fireproofing
products meet critical performance standards. These products strengthen
concrete, fight corrosion, prevent water damage and protect structural steel
against collapse due to fire.
Grace's quality building materials can be found in major construction
projects around the globe, including the Getty Center in Los Angeles, the
London Underground, Hong Kong's Bank of China Tower and the Guggenheim Museum
Bilbao in Spain.
Grace Construction Products, which is headquartered in Cambridge,
Massachusetts, generates annual sales in excess of $450 million and operates
more than 125 plants and sales offices around the world.
Fire Protection Products
Grace's Monokote(R) spray-applied cementitious fireproofing products are
recognized for superior in-place performance and protection for all types of
commercial and industrial steel structures. When spray-applied to a
building's steel structural frame, Monokote(R) fireproofing encases and
insulates the steel and protects the building from structural failure in case
of fire up to temperatures of more than 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Monokote
Type MK-6(R) is the most widely used spray-applied fireproofing product in the
Other Grace fireproofing products include Monokote Type Z-106 and Z-146
industrial fireproofing, which are cement-based products developed to protect
steel in exposed areas where fireproofing can be damaged by abrasion, impact
Grace's fireproofing products have been used in some of the world's major
structures, including London's Canary Wharf and the world's tallest buildings
-- the Petronas Twin Towers, in Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Malaysia.
Other product lines include:
* Concrete Products -- With a focus on improving the quality of concrete
for more than 50 years, Grace Construction Products has pioneered the
development of value-added admixtures that can significantly enhance the
strength, durability and chloride resistance of concrete. Grace recently
introduced Eclipse(TM) shrinkage-reducing admixture, a revolutionary new
technology that combats curling and cracking in concrete due to drying
* Waterproofing Systems -- Grace provides complete systems to waterproof
all types of structures. Products include self-adhesive membranes and
exclusive joint sealing materials, drainage composites and waterstops, and
materials for roofs and bridge decking. Procor(TM) fluid-applied
waterproofing system is a two-part, self-curing, solvent- and bitumen-free,
rubber-based membrane. It is the company's latest waterproofing innovation.
* Cement Additives -- Perhaps the most fundamental building material,
cement is found in bridges, roads, commercial and industrial buildings and
innumerable infrastructure projects. Grace developed the first chemical
compounds for use in cement grinding to increase mill output and efficiency.
With a focus on ongoing innovation and continuous improvement, Grace has
introduced many other products, including high-performance grinding aids and
quality improvers, to meet the cement industry's changing needs.
* Masonry Products -- The Grace Masonry Products System provides
protection on four levels: water protection, water collection, drainage and
back-up. Together, these products provide superior protection and a solution
to water and moisture problems in masonry construction.
SOURCE Grace Construction Products
CONTACT: Jane McGuinness, W. R. Grace & Co., 561-362-1343