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GRIDCORE(TM) MOLDED FIBER TECHNOLOGIES, DEVELOPED IN COOPERATION WITH USDA, WILL REPRESENT ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY REVOLUTION

GRIDCORE(TM) MOLDED FIBER TECHNOLOGIES, DEVELOPED IN COOPERATION
 WITH USDA, WILL REPRESENT ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY REVOLUTION
 CARLSBAD, Calif., July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Noble Franklin Corp. of Carlsbad, has introduced GRIDCORE(TM), molded-fiber structural panels. "The panels can be made from recycled wood, paper, cardboard, some plastics and many other materials, for use in construction, furniture, arts and crafts, stage sets and displays, industrial applications and hundreds of other uses," says Robert Noble, chief executive officer. "The future environmental effects of this technology are just beginning to be comprehended.
 "The raw material, cellulose fiber, is by far the most abundant organic material on earth and also the most abundant waste material on earth. The potential 40 percent to 75 percent waste stream diversion from landfills from recycling these materials, the 'source reduction' created from efficient new material technologies with an almost 100 percent recyclability of their products, the complete non- dependence on logging raw timber reserves and the thousands of potential non-toxic products -- all these factors contributed to our belief that we may be witnessing an unfolding environmental and material technology revolution."
 GRIDCORE manufacturing processes were originally developed at the USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wis. In June, Noble Franklin was awarded the exclusive intellectual property license by the USDA to commercialize the inventions in fields of use including construction, furniture, arts and crafts, sporting goods, tool handles and a variety of industrial applications.
 The firm has an exclusive and confidential Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the Forest Products Laboratory, researching and further developing the GRIDCORE technologies in the fields of use the company is licensed for.
 The patented process involves the heat and pressure molding of "stressed skin" panels with a "honeycomb"-like core of varying thicknesses. The panels range in size from as little as one-tenth of an inch thick for cardboard and other thin material applications, to 20, 30 or more feet for use in long-span bridge and other large scale structures.
 GRIDCORE panels:
 -- Can be up to 100 percent stronger than other structural panels of the same weight;
 -- can be as little as half the weight of particle board, plywood, oriented strand board, medium-density fiberboard and other structural panels of the same strength;
 -- can be as little as 25 percent of the volume of the structural systems they replace;
 -- are easily understood and accepted by workmen in varying trades and are "worked" using the standard tools, methods of the construction and fabrication techniques;
 -- reduce wear and tear on machinery and tools by as much as 80 percent compared to particle board, plywood, oriented strand board, raw lumber and other structural panels and materials;
 -- can have 100 percent non-toxic raw materials and manufacturing processes and are therefore safe to handle, ship and install and do not "outgas" after installation;
 -- can be made from up to 100 percent recycled cellulose (wood) and other fibers including: corrugated cardboard, newspapers, mixed office wastepaper, paper-based packaging, magazines, textiles and some plastics, accounting for an (approximate) average of 50 percent of U.S. landfill intake;
 -- can be made from recycled new construction and demolition lumber and yard waste, accounting for an (approximate) average of 20 percent of U.S. landfill intake;
 -- can be made from under-utilized "virgin" wood fibers and other fiber sources including fiberglass, high-strength carbon/carbon, cotton and other textile fibers and some plastic fibers;
 -- can be 100 percent recyclable into second-generation GRIDCORE panels and other products;
 -- can be easily combined with other non-toxic, recycled products to create an almost infinite variety of composite value-added products; and
 -- can be molded to provide virtually any surface shape, texture and material characteristics and structural, geometric or material specification by utilizing 10 manufacturing and post-manufacturing phase variables.
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: Photos, samples and literature available upon request./
 /CONTACT: Barbara Spivak of Noble Franklin, 619-431-8496/ CO: Noble Franklin Corp. ST: California IN: PAP CST SU: PDT


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