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C o n s t r u c t i o n M a r k e t p l a c e W e d n e s d a y, J a n u a r y 2 0 , 2 0 1 6 7 2 LJ: Acoustiblok Corporation, a NASA Spinoff listed company, was founded by the President of the company, Lahnie Johnson, more than 20 years ago in Tampa, Florida, and currently supplies noise control products to more than 50 countries worldwide. After working in the aerospace industry during the historic "race for space," Johnson developed a passion for the science of acoustics; inventing solutions to acoustical and environmental noise problems led him to develop the soundproofing material Acoustiblok ® , the company's core prod- uct. Johnson's commitment to research and development have continued to pro- duce cutting-edge noise isolation prod- ucts that are recognized by the building and construction industries all over the world. Acoustiblok has received the top award in the British House of Commons for sound abatement and was recently shown across the globe on National Geographic TV highlighting its unique contributions toward reducing noise pol- lution. Made and sourced in the U.S., the company's innovative products are con- sidered environmentally-friendly. CM: What is involved in the process of reducing noise? LJ: Each situation tends to be unique, and understanding the principles of acoustics and knowledge of the sur- rounding construction or machinery is vital. Acoustiblok is very unique in that it employs acoustical and vibration engi- neering personnel with extensive infield experience who use state-of-the-art diag- nostic and prediction tools and then rec- ommend solutions utilizing the different types of products the company manufac- turers, and if need be, fabricating a cus- tom solution. Truly one of the most revolutionary tools, Acoustiblok is currently pioneering is the Acoustical Real-Time Video Imaging System ® . This system not only allows one to actually see sound for the first time, it also helps in revealing modal transitions of resonance in buildings and structures that a standard spectrum ana- Acoustiblok (Cont'd. from p. 1) lyzer does not reveal. Rather than reading through acoustical data collection, you can now be visually observed and meas- ured with a significantly higher degree of confidence within hours. Seeing is believing. CM: What is Acoustiblok material? LJ: The UL/ULC-Classified Acoustiblok material is truly a unique soundproofing material which has taken years to develop. Just one thin 1/8 inch layer of Acoustiblok in a standard stud wall can reduce more sound than eight inches of poured concrete. The soft flexible material is 4.5 feet wide and is available in 30, 60 or 350 foot rolls, which is usually stapled or screwed to studs before drywall. It is a proprietary formula, barium free, heavy mineral filled, viscoelastic polymer which is easily cut with a utility knife. While other materials attempt to block or absorb sound, Acoustiblok does neither. As the heavy limp Acoustiblok material vibrates from the sound, it actually transforms the acoustical energy into inaudible internal friction energy in a process sometimes referred to as isothermal adiabatic. Lead, previously considered the best soundproofing, works on precisely the same basis and has exactly the same STC rating. CM: What are the company's other pri- mary products? LJ: In addition to Acoustiblok sound- proofing material, the company has numerous other innovative products that are specifically designed to address many types of noise problems: All Weather Sound Panels, Quiet-Cloud, Acoustifence, QuietFiber, Acoustiblok- Wallcover and Thermablok aerogel nanotechnology thermal insulation. The company is currently developing a new product, "Acoustiblok Wall Assemblies," that optimizes wall assemblies for noise reduction. For more information, visit www.acoustiblok.com, call 813.980.1400 or stop by booth #C8919. products, insulation and accessories for a variety of industries and applications. Our solutions help create and sustain energy-efficient and weather-protected homes and buildings. We have every- thing from roofing underlayment, venti- lation products, housewrap, engineered films and vapor barriers, to recessed lights, radiant barriers and more. Our corporate headquarters are located in East Peoria, Illinois, with manufacturing facilities located throughout the Midwest. ISI has been in business since 1996. It's hard to believe we will soon be approaching our 20th year. So much about our company has changed over the years and part of that is due to con- stant change in this industry. It's impor- tant to keep up with the technology. We strive to create high performance patent- ed products from the finest materials – that's part of our ongoing dedication to innovation. CM: How are you involved in the build- ing industry? DM: We are members of many industry trade and professional organizations, which allows us to have access to infor- mation to keep up with the trends of the construction industry. National Association of Home Builders, the Insulation Contractors Association of America and Construction Specifications Institute are a few we have been a member of for some time. CM: What are you doing this year that's different from what you did last year? DM: We have quite a few new products that we are excited to promote at the International Builders' Show. The attic access/whole house fan insulators will Insulation Solutions (Cont'd. from p. 1) be very appealing to both homeowners and builders. You can see a live demo at our booth in the South Hall, #S1902. We also have a game-changing product called Nu-Age Films that we have recently introduced into the market. The feedback has been incredible! Anyone who uses poly will want to check it out. We are also showing our continuous insulation system, R-Wall, to address changing codes. We also have a new line of roofing and roof ventilation products. CM: What do you anticipate to be your greatest challenge in the year ahead? DM: I think one of the most important things to do in this industry is to listen to the input from the field. We are always looking for ways to make things easier for the installer. It's important to get feedback from people who are actually using our products so we know if we need to change or improve anything. CM: What makes you different from other companies? DM: We have a wide variety of prod- ucts, and our manufacturing capabili- ties allow us to provide customers with custom designs for unique applications. We can create customer-specific label- ing, sizes and colors. We are always looking for opportunities to expand our core capabilities. I am so proud of our staff, and of the company we have become. Everyone here at Insulation Solutions works to provide a positive experience for our customers. We strive to deliver service excellence, superior quality products and competitive pric- ing from a company customers can trust. For more information, stop by South Hall booth #S1902, visit www. insulationsolutions.com or contact Don Meyer at 309.698.0062. and composite moulding in North America. Today, Metrie offers interior finishing solutions to transform spaces, setting the stage for every room to tell a story. The company's solutions help professionals such as builders, designers and Metrie's distributor partners stand out from the competition by creating value for their customers. Its interior finishing offerings include trim or moulding, wall treatments, interior doors, posts and columns, stairway sys- tems and ceiling treatments. This decor category is often not top-of-mind with consumers when renovating or redecorat- ing their homes, but their use has a signif- icant impact on the overall look and feel of the space. While many interior finishing prod- ucts serve functional purposes, they also have the potential aesthetic impact to Metrie (Cont'd. from p. 1) greatly transform a room from good to grand! Visit booth #C5026 at IBS 2016 to learn more about Metrie's assortment of interior finishing solutions, tour the "Then & Now Finishing Collections" gallery and learn about the Every Room Tells A Story – 2016 Builder & Designer Challenge. This is the contest where industry profes- sionals have a chance to win a grand prize package worth more than $25,000, with additional prize packages to be awarded. Professional Judges and People's Choice voting will decide the winners, with an official announcement to be made during IBS 2017 in Orlando, Florida. This is an exciting opportunity for builders and designers to showcase their talents and become recognized in the industry. For more information about the company, the contest or inspiration for your own projects, visit booth #C5026 and metrie.com. dynamic tiles and claddings. Today, Island Stone's diverse range includes groundbreaking glass tiles, refined natu- ral stone claddings as well as contempo- rary stone and pebble mosaic tiles. At KBIS, the company is launching its newest Profile series, which combine advanced manufacturing, contemporary design and timeless natural stones to cre- ate cutting edge modern stone surfaces for walls. From subtle curved surfaces to powerful angled reliefs, Profiles repre- sents a unique foray into designs histori- cally constrained to moldable materials such as glass and porcelain. Island Stone is also showcasing new large format glass tiles that re-envisioned how and where glass is used on walls. Combining non-linear angles with subtle textures and pleasing color pallets, the Palms and Waveline mosaics are just a few of the many designs that are defining modern glass backsplashes and walls. Designed and manufactured in house, with a commitment to inventory across multiple domestic warehouses, Island Stone (Cont'd. from p. 1) Island Stone ensures unparalleled quality and design, available overnight. From your residential kitchen, bathroom, living spaces or exterior designs to large scale commercial projects, the company is excited to share Island Stone Tile décor solutions to help you turn the ordinary into extraordinary. Today, Island Stone can be found in some of the most recognized hotels and restaurants worldwide, while also offer- ing exceptional products for designers looking to give a residential project a unique edge. The team is proud that the company's products have been incorpo- rated in NKBA's award winning project for both 2014 and 2015. Island Stone products reflect a meld- ing of modern western design and eastern philosophy. While today, the company's international team of designers travel worldwide for inspiration and to source materials, its Indonesian heritage perme- ates its products and approach. For more information, visit booth #S4090 in the South Hall or www. islandstone.com.

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