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CONTINUING ITS SUPPORT OF HURRICANE ANDREW VICTIMS, OWENS-CORNING DONATES INSULATION TO MIAMI HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

 MIAMI, July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Owens-Corning, together with the Owens-Corning Foundation, the Owens-Corning Miami Sales office, and Scotty's Hardware, today announced a donation of its R-19 and R-11 Pink Fiberglas(R) Insulation to assist in the rebuilding efforts in southern Dade County following Hurricane Andrew, said Emerson Ross, community relations manager at Owens-Corning.
 The company will donate over $16,000 of insulation and $2,000 cash to the Miami-area chapter of Habitat for Humanity, which oversees the building of new homes and the repair of damaged homes for low income people in disaster-stricken areas.
 Owens-Corning was one of the first corporations to offer assistance in wake of the August 1992, hurricane. In the past year, the company has aided relief efforts in both South Florida and Louisiana, with cash and product donations to agencies helping the residents of the hurricane-devastated areas.
 "It has been nearly a year since Hurricane Andrew hit Southern Florida, but a full recovery could still be many years away," Ross said. "Owens-Corning takes pride in supporting projects like Habitat for Humanity, which foster self-reliance to those who are in need."
 Families chosen for the Habitat program contribute 400 hours of "sweat equity" and purchase the homes from Habitat on a no-profit, no- interest basis. Forty-one families are now working with Habitat volunteers on the construction of their future homes in the southern Dade County community of Goulds.
 "The donation of Owens-Corning insulation will help keep the cost of building and maintaining the homes affordable," said Dirk Holkeboer, executive director of Habitat For Humanity of Greater Miami.
 Last August, Owens-Corning sent enough of its standard roofing shingles to the Miami Habitat for Humanity to cover 20 to 25 homes, a market value of about $9,000. The two truckloads of shingles were shipped to hurricane victims through Gifts In-Kind America, and were among the first aid to reach the areas. The company has also supported the relief efforts of the American Red Cross, the United Way, and the Salvation Army of Greater Miami.
 Owens-Corning employees raised $22,000 last fall for the relief of Hurricane Andrew's victims. That contribution was matched by the Owens- Corning Foundation, for a total cash donation of $44,000. The bulk of that money went to relief programs in South Florida.
 Owens-Corning has been involved in other recent Florida-area projects as well, including Habitat for Humanity in Jacksonville, and a donation of $100,000 to Florida A&M University's School of Business and Industry in Tallahassee, on June 3, 1993.
 Scotty's Hardware, a 1992 supporter of Habitat for Humanity, continues its support this year in conjunction with Owens-Corning. The company, with home offices in Winter Haven, Fla., is the largest building materials retailer in the state.
 Owens-Corning, headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, is a $3 billion, publicly held company with over 17,000 employees worldwide. Owens- Corning is the world's leading supplier of glass fiber materials and a major producer of polyester and vinyl ester resins.
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 /CONTACT: Elizabeth Sudheimer, 419-248-6190, or Emerson Ross, 419-248-8315, both of Owens-Corning/


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