DuPont Canada

DuPont Canada

February 22, 2008 10:00 ET

DuPont Announces Growth Investment for Zodiaq® in Quebec

THETFORD MINES, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 22, 2008) -

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DuPont announced a multi-million dollar investment today in its manufacturing site at Thetford Mines, Quebec, which produces DuPont™ Zodiaq® quartz surfaces for the residential and commercial markets. The Quebec government also is helping to fund the project.

"This investment demonstrates DuPont's focus on growth, which will benefit our customers in Canada and around the world," said William B. White, president -- DuPont Canada. "We will make equipment enhancements that will enable us to further increase the size of the slabs and improve quality of the slabs we deliver, which will improve the yields during fabrication and deliver a better finished product to consumers to meet the increasing market needs of our customers around the world."

"DuPont is well established in Frontenac County, and today's announcement further demonstrates its confidence in our community and their employees," said Laurent Lessard, the Quebec Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and the local Member of the Quebec National Assembly. "I am proud that DuPont is making this investment in state-of-the-art equipment. I am pleased to add my support to the management and the employees for the improvements they are making to the manufacturing activities at the plant. I am happy to see that DuPont has confidence in Quebec, and especially the Thetford Mines area, for the continuation of its activities in the field of quartz surfacing."

"We are dedicated to providing our customers with access to the broadest choices in high quality materials, and this investment in our Zodiaq® quartz surfaces products is a key component of that offering," Thomas F. Schuler, vice president and general manager -- DuPont Building Innovations, said. "We anticipate further growth in this fast-growing market as consumers are drawn to the strength and beauty of combining natural quartz with smart technology."

DuPont™ Zodiaq®, an advanced composite material made of quartz and other materials, is used in commercial and residential countertops, worktops, vanity tops and walls. It is particularly useful in applications that demand resistance to staining and its nonporous surface does not support the growth of mold or mildew. The material is GREENGUARD certified, ensuring that it complies with strict criteria for indoor air quality.

DuPont manufactures and markets multiple products for residential and commercial construction, including high-performance weather and climate protection of buildings and their occupants and sustainable energy management systems. In addition to Zodiaq®, a premium surfacing material made almost entirely of pure quartz crystals, other DuPont products include Corian® solid surfaces and Granite Certified by DuPont™; the DuPont™ StormRoom™ with Kevlar®; DuPont™ SentryGlas® and DuPont™ RoofLiner with Elvaloy®. In addition, DuPont offers the DuPont™ Tyvek® Weather Barrier Systems including Tyvek® AtticWrap™, the first breathable roofing membrane to create an airtight attic, and Tyvek® ThermaWrap™, which helps provide reduced energy costs and increased comfort by improving the reflection of radiant energy in wall systems. DuPont also manufactures Tyvek® Weatherization Systems, including DuPont™ Tyvek® CommercialWrap™ and DuPont™ Tyvek® DrainWrap™.

DuPont is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.

The DuPont Oval Logo, DuPont™, The miracles of science™, Tyvek®, AtticWrap™, ThermaWrap™, CommercialWrap™, DrainWrap™, Corian®, Zodiaq®, StormRoom™, SentryGlas®, Elvaloy®, Granite Certified by DuPont™and Kevlar® are registered trademarks or trademarks of DuPont or its affiliate.

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  • DuPont Canada
    Alan Forsyth
    (418) 338-8567, Ext. 2232
    DuPont Canada
    Marc Giroux
    (418) 338-8567, Ext. 2216