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ROOF PANELS MADE FROM RECYCLED PLASTIC INSTALLED ON NEW MCDONALD'S RESTAURANTS

 ROOF PANELS MADE FROM RECYCLED PLASTIC
 INSTALLED ON NEW MCDONALD'S RESTAURANTS
 PITTSFIELD, Mass., Jan. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Plastic roof panels made from recycled computer terminal housings were installed today on a McDonald's restaurant under construction here at the Allendale Shopping Center on Crane Avenue and Route 8.
 Manufactured by Nailite International Inc., Miami, the roofing panels consist of 52 percent recycled NORYL(R) resin and 48 percent virgin NORYL resin, both from GE Plastics. The recycled material is manufactured from reclaimed computer terminal housings from Digital Equipment Corp., Maynard, Mass. Digital uses NORYL resin in several different models of terminal housings. Digital reclaims the housings and converts them into recycled material, which is then bought and remanufactured by GE Plastics.
 The Pittsfield McDonald's installation marks the first use of the panels in new construction. Wilbraham building contractor Mark Laramee installed the panels over a flame-resistant underlay. An estimated 2,600 pounds of resin were used on the roof, including approximately 1,400 pounds of recycled material. A reclaimed computer terminal housing weighs an average of 3.5 pounds, so the new roof incorporates nealry 400 housings. Overall, Digital has supplied more than 68,000 pounds of material for the Nailite venture.
 According to Nigel Andrews, vice president, GE Plastics Americas, this commercial venture with Digital, Nailite, and McDonald's is part of the three-year testing and development program to determine the economics and performance of the panels. Andrews says the venture helps establish the feasibility of plastics recycling.
 "It's important for us to understand not only the issues of material use but of reuse as well," says Andrews. "We're working with our partners and customers to make products and processes more environmentally responsive. The McDonald's roof shows there are realistic commercial opportunities for using recycled materials."
 GE Plastics says it had McDonald's McRecycle program in mind when it first began the venture. Established in 1990, McRecycle USA sets an annual goal of purchasing $100 million worth of recycled materials for use in the construction, remodeling, and operations of its U.S. restaurants. Last summer, two McDonald's restaurants in Chicago installed the plastic roof panels over existing asphalt shingles.
 According to Pittsfield McDonald's restaurant owners Dan and Lynnette Daigle, the panels have a natural cedar look that blends in with surrounding buildings. Panels are injection modeled to reproduce the appearance of wood shakes but with improved flame resistance. They feature textured grained surfaces, molded-in earthtone base coloring, and are painted using variegated toning. "Standing on the ground you'd swear they were cedar shingles," says Dan Daigle.
 The roof system weighs only 80 lbs./square compared to 1,000 lbs./square for concrete tiles, 350 lbs./square for heavy wood shakes, and 220 lbs./square for asphalt/fiberglass shingles. A square is a roofing term for 100 square feet. The lighter weight eliminates the need for special roof supports. Each 42-inch-long by 21-inch-wide panel replaces 13 individual wood shakes, cutting installation time in half.
 The Nailite panels feature a patented interlock system for improved weatherability. Additionally, NORYL resin resists degradation from freeze-thaw cycles, water, humidity, rot, fungus, and termites. The panels feature a continuous nailing flange for easy application with standard roofing nails. Nailite International supplies a 50-year warranty on the panels.
 For more information on the roof panels, contact Nailite International Inc., 1251 NW 165th St., Miami, Fla. 33169, 800-328-9018 or 305-620-6200.
 For more information, contact GE Plastics, Inquiry Handling Service -- PR #4-92, One Plastics Ave., Pittsfield, Mass., 01201, 800-845-0600.
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 /CONTACT: Dan Adamus of GE Plastics, 413-448-7487/ CO: GE Plastics; Nailite International Inc. ST: Massachusetts, Florida IN: CON SU: PDT


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