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Local insulation installer wins national recognition.

WEST BOYLSTON - West Boylston-based insulation pro Matt Fletcher, an installer for Installed Building Products, was named one of the top installers at the 2008 America's Best Installer national finals, held Sept. 27in Denver. An annual competition in its sixth year, Best Installer featured the country's top five insulation professionals vying for the top spot as they drew attention to the energy-saving benefits of quality insulation installation.

"The competition was a great opportunity for me to compete against some of the best in our industry, and I'm grateful for the chance to attend. Professionals in our industry don't often receive recognition for the hard work we do, so it's especially rewarding to be recognized on a national stage," Mr. Fletcher said.

"Insulate America is thrilled to recognize these installers at the top of their game. We're proud to partner with Johns Manville for the Best Installer competition, and it has been incredible to watch the competition grow over the past six years. This year was the best event yet, and we're already looking forward to the 2009 competition," said Jared Ingwalson, vice president of Insulate America.

At the finals, each of the five competitors took a turn installing insulation products in a wooden mock home structure complete with construction obstacles, including an arched window, electrical outlets, pipes and a vaulted ceiling. Contestants were judged using several criteria, including quality of workmanship and installation, adherence to safety rules, and speed/productivity. New for the 2008 finals, competitors were also judged by the amount of scrap they created as a way of further simulating a real job site.

The Best Installer competition was created in 2003 by Denver-based building products manufacturer Johns Manville and Insulate America to highlight the importance of quality insulation installation. With October being Energy Awareness Month and the price of natural gas and home heating oil significantly higher than last year, the competition serves as a timely reminder of the role properly installed insulation plays in home energy efficiency.

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CUTLINE: Matt Fletcher of West Boylston displays his finalist plaque from the recent America's Best Insulation Installer contest in Denver.
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