USG AND LENCORE ACOUSTICS FORM STRATEGIC ALLIANCE TO MARKET ACOUSTICAL
CEILING SYSTEMS WITH SOUND MASKING
USG Corporation and Lencore Acoustics Corp. have
formed a strategic alliance to give architects and design professionals
the ability to specify Lencore's state-of-the-art sound masking
systems with all USG acoustical ceilings.
Designed to reduce noise in both
open and closed offices, Lencore sound masking systems offer and
effective means of enhancing employee productivity, efficiency
and morale. They introduce an unobtrusive, ambient background
sound into offices and other areas through special speakers installed
above the ceiling panels. The systems render speech unintelligible
to those outside the vicinity while reducing interference from
distracting sounds. In addition, the sound level can be
adjusted to suit a variety of conditions and privacy requirements.
"This partnership leverages
the strengths of two industry leaders, providing an exciting benefit
in virtually any environment where ceiling systems are used,"
said Dan Jacobs, USG's director, business management, Ceiling
Systems. "With the addition of sound-masking qualities,
our ceiling systems will continue to set the industry standard
in providing unmatched performance on a variety of different levels."
The increasing use of office
workstations makes employees increasingly susceptible to distractions,
including noise. Lencore sound-masking systems, which work
in tandem with USG's acoustical ceiling panels, are intended to
appeal to architects, specifiers, and building owners seeking
an effective and economical means of minimizing these distractions.
"With this alliance,
Lencore significantly increases its exposure to the architecture
and design community on a global level, while USG inherits extensive
experience in the sound-masking industry," said Jack Leonard,
Lencore's president. "Customers will benefit from innovative,
customized solutions to sound masking without any compromise in
Superior to other types of
centralized or flat-surface speakers, Lencore's sound-masking
speakers are set above the ceiling panels to provide optimum customized
masking. The system has been installed successfully in a
wide range of companies.
Besides sound-masking products,
Lencore Acoustics Corp. manufacturers custom acoustical wall and
ceiling panels, tackboards, and baffles. Headquartered in
Merrick, N.Y., the privately held company developed the first
UL-listed sound masking system. To date, Lencore's principals
have installed more than 100 million square feet of sound-masking
products around the world. The company's Web site is located
USG Corporation is a Fortune
500 company with subsidiaries that are market leaders in their
key product groups: gypsum wallboard, joint compound and related
gypsum products; cement board; gypsum fiber panels; ceiling tile
and grid; and building products distribution. For addittonal
information, visit the USG Web site at www.usg.com.