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  1. St. Louis Blues second NHL team to outfit training room with bactericidal CuVerro

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    SCHAUMBURG, IL — The St. Louis Blues have installed Black Iron Strength® dumbbells and attachments made with CuVerro® bactericidal copper surfaces in both of their training facilities. This follows the LA Kings installations of the same equipment made with bactericidal copper last season. CuVerro has gained acceptance in healthcare and is now seeing increased demand in other markets.

    Black Iron Strength training equipment is so sought after because it’s the only dumbbell and attachment free weight product line featuring CuVerro® bactericidal copper gripping surfaces. CuVerro is a class of EPA-registered copper alloys that continuously kill 99.9% of infectious bacgeria*, never washing out or wearing away.

    “The technology impressed me,” says Nelson Ayotte, St. Louis Blues head strength and conditioning coach. “We have battled the issue of cleanliness and do a lot of disinfecting everyday but it’s not always perfect. Sixty players mean 60 pairs of hands, so this helps us be more efficient because we can spend time on something else versus constant disinfecting. It gives me peace of mind.”

    “Anything a professional sports team can do to lower the risk of an athlete becoming sick or acquiring an infection because of exposure to bacteria is an extremely worthwhile investment,” Tom Grace, President of Black Iron Strength® says. “Think about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers MRSA outbreak or the Anaheim Ducks battle with the mumps last year,” Grace adds. “The huge amount of travel by athletes coupled with the wear and tear on their bodies really compromises their immune systems.  The probability of getting sick is simply higher. That’s why we created the Germ Buster® line of equipment made with bactericidal CuVerro®.”

    “This is a guaranteed winning solution in my mind. There is no question that with a winter sport at some point an infection, cold, or flu will be going around. With the money we put into our players it makes so much sense to do everything we can to keep them healthy.  If these weights prevent us from losing even one player for one game it pays for itself,” Coach Ayotte adds.

    About CuVerro®

    For more information visit cuverro.com or contact cuverro@olinbrassb.staging.somedigitalmedia.com.

    CuVerro® is manufactured by GBC Metals, LLC, doing business as Olin Brass, a wholly owned subsidiary of Global Brass and Copper, Inc. which is a subsidiary of Global Brass and Copper Holdings, Inc., the leading manufacturer and distributor of copper, copper-alloy and bactericidal copper sheet, strip, plate, foil, rod, ingot and fabricated components in North America and one of the largest in the world. GBC Metals engages in the melting, casting, rolling, drawing, extruding and stamping of specialized copper and copper alloys finished products from scrap, cathode and other refined metals. (OB-0034-1510)

    About Black Iron Strength®

    Black Iron Strength® products are sold by Grace Premier Fitness and Wellness Products, Inc., the leading worldwide distributor for the US Patented CuLEAN® antimicrobial copper touch points on the Black Iron Strength® free weight equipment handles and touch surfaces featuring the CuVerro® bactericidal copper components.  For more information about Black Iron Strength® products, email Tom Grace, President of Black Iron Strength®, at tom@gracefitness.com, visit www.blackironstrength.com, or call 1-360-574-6524.

    *Laboratory testing shows that, when cleaned regularly, CuVerro surfaces kill greater than 99.9% of the following bacteria within 2 hours of exposure: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, E. coli O157:H7, and Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus faecalis (VRE).The use of CuVerro® bactericidal copper products is a supplement to and not a substitute for standard infection control practices; users must continue to follow all current infection control practices, including those practices related to cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces. This surface has been shown to reduce microbial contamination, but it does not necessarily prevent cross contamination.

  2. Modula S Net-Zero Infection Isolation Units Incorporating CuVerro – A Finalist in SXSW Eco Place by Design

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    SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — Modula S, Inc. has developed rapidly deployable, net-zero, infection isolation units that use ultra-efficient building envelope technology to moderate the temperature of the unit, improving comfort by up to 40%, while incorporating easy-to-clean CuVerro® bactericidal copper surfaces to simplify decontamination efforts. The project will be presented at SXSW Eco in Austin, TX, on October 5-7, where it is a Place by Design finalist, highlighted in the Resilience category. Following SXSW Eco, it will be on display at the TIDES Annual Technology Demonstration at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, DC, on October 6-9.

    These rapidly deployable treatment units are net-zero energy and they create surplus solar energy that may be used to power co-located communications command centers, which are crucial for patient treatment and better public health outcomes. The modular units can stand alone as a single isolation clinic or be easily integrated for use as an infection isolation ward attached to a tent in a remote location or on the grounds of a permanent hospital. Thermal comfort is improved by up to 40% compared to tent hospitals, as measured by PPD indices.

    “We are thrilled to share a full-scale ergonomic mock-up of our design with our stakeholders in Washington, including USAID and the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance,” says Jack Rutherford, Modula S Founder & CEO. “We are pleased to provide a rapidly deployable resource that can provide remote energy and communications to keep healthcare workers connected while improving patient comfort.”

    The autonomous units can easily deploy in 3-7 days with ten people, and without a crane, in remote and isolated communities depending on the size of the configuration. Structurally sound and US building code compliant, the units arrive fully stocked with supplies.

    The interior walls and fixtures are made with CuVerro® – a unique bactericidal copper alloy that continuously kills 99.9% of infectious bacteria* within two hours of contact when cleaned regularly. The inherent bactericidal properties of the corrosion-resistant CuVerro® surface work 24/7, never washing out or wearing away.

    “The energy-efficient Modula S Infection Isolation Unit is an innovation for remote healthcare and patient treatment,” says Kon John, CuVerro National Sales Director. “We are excited that CuVerro will be an integral part of the units, helping to protect patients and our communities from harmful bacteria.”

    About Modula S

    For more information visit modula-s.com or contact info@modula-s.com.

    Modula S is start-up offering a high quality, factory produced construction system that enables net-zero energy buildings.  Modula S supports stakeholders in the developer, construction and energy industries and develops its own building projects. Our buildings and products may also be purchased for rapid military or humanitarian deployment in an FAR compliant manner via other transaction authority with the support of the National Security Technology Accelerator. Modula S buildings cost up to 10% less to construct than standard technologies and may be built with greater speed and accuracy. Modula S is an awardee of the Ebola Grand Challenge, granted by USAID, the White House OSTP, CDC and Dept. of Defense.

    About CuVerro

    For more information visit cuverro.com or contact cuverro@olinbrassb.staging.somedigitalmedia.com.

    CuVerro® is manufactured by GBC Metals, LLC, doing business as Olin Brass, a wholly owned subsidiary of Global Brass and Copper, Inc. which is a subsidiary of Global Brass and Copper Holdings, Inc., the leading manufacturer and distributor of copper, copper-alloy and bactericidal copper sheet, strip, plate, foil, rod, ingot and fabricated components in North America and one of the largest in the world. GBC Metals engages in the melting, casting, rolling, drawing, extruding and stamping of specialized copper and copper alloys finished products from scrap, cathode and other refined metals. (OB-0033-1509)

    *Laboratory testing shows that, when cleaned regularly, CuVerro surfaces kill greater than 99.9% of the following bacteria within 2 hours of exposure: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, E. coli O157:H7, and Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus faecalis (VRE).The use of CuVerro® bactericidal copper products is a supplement to and not a substitute for standard infection control practices; users must continue to follow all current infection control practices, including those practices related to cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces. This surface has been shown to reduce microbial contamination, but it does not necessarily prevent cross contamination.

  3. Incubator Made with CuVerro Fights Contamination in a University of Liverpool Laboratory

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    SCHAUMBURG, IL — The University of Liverpool’s (UK) Biological Sciences Department has installed a NuAire incubator lined with CuVerro® bactericidal copper. Copper and copper alloys are powerful antimicrobials with rapid, broad-spectrum efficacy against bacteria, including MRSA, E.coli, and VRE. CuVerro is a bactericidal copper touch surface that kills 99.9 percent of bacteria* within two hours of contact and is EPA-registered.

    John Jerger of Triple Red UK, who supplied and installed the NuAire incubator, explains, “Bacterial contamination was a particular concern for this client, so we supplied the incubator with a CuVerro® bactericidal copper lining. Bacteria settling on the copper surfaces will be continuously killed off, working in conjunction with HEPA filtration and a high temperature decontamination cycle to offer the cleanest possible surfaces.”

    Touch surfaces made with CuVerro are used by healthcare facilities and research laboratories around the world to reduce exposure to infectious bacteria*, supplementing key infection control measures such as good hand hygiene and frequent surface cleaning and disinfection.

    About CuVerro

    For more information visit cuverro.com or contact Jill Miller, CuVerro Marketing Coordinator, at jill.miller@olinbrassb.staging.somedigitalmedia.com or 1-877-311-2883.

    CuVerro® is manufactured by GBC Metals, LLC, doing business as Olin Brass, a wholly owned subsidiary of Global Brass and Copper, Inc. which is a subsidiary of Global Brass and Copper Holdings, Inc., the leading manufacturer and distributor of copper, copper-alloy and bactericidal copper sheet, strip, plate, foil, rod, ingot and fabricated components in North America and one of the largest in the world. GBC Metals engages in the melting, casting, rolling, drawing, extruding and stamping of specialized copper and copper alloys finished products from scrap, cathode and other refined metals. (OB-0032-1509)

    About NuAire

    NuAire has built a reputation as an industry leader in laboratory equipment manufactuirng for more than 40 years. It how produces over 100,000 biological safety cabinets in 150 countries around the world. It now serves the needs of the world’s growing laboratory community with brilliant and practical designs of outstanding value, backed by exceptional service.

     

    *Laboratory testing shows that, when cleaned regularly, CuVerro surfaces kill greater than 99.9% of the following bacteria within 2 hours of exposure: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, E. coli O157:H7, and Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus faecalis (VRE).The use of CuVerro® bactericidal copper products is a supplement to and not a substitute for standard infection control practices; users must continue to follow all current infection control practices, including those practices related to cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces. This surface has been shown to reduce microbial contamination, but it does not necessarily prevent cross contamination.

  4. CuVerro Leads Way to Cleaner Healthcare Environments at Workshop with Center for Health Design

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    Schaumburg, Ill–CuVerro® is sponsoring a national workshop to bring together forward-thinking healthcare organizations, architects, designers, and industry leaders in a quest to make healthcare surfaces safer and healthier.

    Backed by the Center for Health Design, the “High Touch Surfaces – A Systems Based Approach to Improved Healthcare Hygiene” workshop will be held in Chicago September 9-10. 

    Discussions are expected to focus on integrating design, policies and protocols, compliance, and behavior into a systems-based approach to improve infection control in the healthcare environment, where traditional cleaning measures have been found to be inadequate on their own. 

    Participants will hear from key thought leaders including Linda Dickey, RN, MPH, CIC, Director of Epidemiology & Infection Prevention at the University of California Irvine Medical Center; Linda Lybert, President of Healthcare Surface Consulting; and Michael Schmidt, PhD, Professor and Vice Chairman of Microbiology and Immunology at the Medical University of South Carolina.

    “Infection control considerations play a critical role in healthcare design and construction projects,” says Kon John, CuVerro National Sales Director. “CuVerro is thrilled to be sponsoring this important workshop that is focused on taking the next step to make healthcare environments cleaner.”

    CuVerro® is an EPA-registered bactericidal solid copper alloy that can be used on high-touch surfaces in healthcare environments to kill 99.9% of infectious bacteria* within two hours of contact, when cleaned regularly.

    For more information about the workshop, click here.

    About CuVerro

    For more information visit cuverro.comor contact Jill Miller, CuVerro Marketing Coordinator, at jill.miller@olinbrassb.staging.somedigitalmedia.com or 1-877-311-2883.

    CuVerro® is manufactured by GBC Metals, LLC, doing business as Olin Brass, a wholly owned subsidiary of Global Brass and Copper, Inc. which is a subsidiary of Global Brass and Copper Holdings, Inc., the leading manufacturer and distributor of copper, copper-alloy and bactericidal copper sheet, strip, plate, foil, rod, ingot and fabricated components in North America and one of the largest in the world. GBC Metals engages in the melting, casting, rolling, drawing, extruding and stamping of specialized copper and copper alloys finished products from scrap, cathode and other refined metals. (OB-0031-1508)

     

    *Laboratory testing shows that, when cleaned regularly, CuVerro surfaces kill greater than 99.9% of the following bacteria within 2 hours of exposure: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, E. coli O157:H7, and Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus faecalis (VRE).The use of CuVerro® bactericidal copper products is a supplement to and not a substitute for standard infection control practices; users must continue to follow all current infection control practices, including those practices related to cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces. This surface has been shown to reduce microbial contamination, but it does not necessarily prevent cross contamination.

  5. Modula S and CuVerro Team Up to Offer Best-in-Class Military Medical Unit – Ideally Suited for Rapidly Deployable Infection Isolation

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    SCHAUMBURG, Ill.–Modula S, Inc., will be unveiling its newly developed rapidly deployable, modular, net-zero energy epidemic treatment unit at the Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit and Expo in Honolulu, Hawaii, August 24-26. The new Modula S Infection Isolation Unit incorporates healthy, easy-to-clean CuVerro® bactericidal copper alloy and excess power for communications – and the Unit is rated for a twenty-five year life. Modula S was recently named an awardee of the USAID Ebola Grand Challenge for its innovative rapidly deployable treatment units. The Modula S Infection Isolation Unit is being considered as the solution for both humanitarian and expeditionary bases worldwide and may be purchased through the National Security Technology Accelerator at its website, www.NSTXL.org.

    The transportable Modula S Infection Isolation Units enable superior bacterial control and more comfortable conditions for treatment wards or triage and evacuation facilities compared to traditional “soft-shell” facilities, such as tent structures. Tents present several challenges for medical staff and patient care, including hard to clean soft floor systems requiring large quantities of disinfectant, a short life span that significantly increases life-cycle costs, large energy requirements due to the dependence on gen-sets, fabrics that are extremely difficult to disinfect, particularly in hot and humid conditions, seams and corners that are difficult to clean, and lack of floor drains and HVAC systems that are prone to infectious contamination. The Modula S Infection Isolation Unit addresses all of these concerns.

    The Modula S units are “hard-shell CLUs” employing improved thermal efficiency, super-insulation, and a design that features healthy, easy-to-clean interior surfaces and fixtures made of CuVerro® bactericidal copper. The interior walls and fixtures are made with CuVerro® – a unique bactericidal copper alloy that continuously kills 99.9% of infectious bacteria*. The inherent bactericidal properties of the CuVerro® surface work 24/7, never washing out or wearing away. The technology greatly enhances decontamination efforts.

    The simplicity of the Modula S unit’s interior design makes disinfection the number one priority. The interior of the infection isolation unit is easy to clean and maintain and features “wash-down-to-drain” construction, which vastly reduces the handling of infectious waste. CuVerro bactericidal copper alloy walls are formable and have smooth welded joints and rounded corners, creating a seamless environment. Additionally, beds and fixtures made with CuVerro are installed in a smooth and continuous sloped to drain design for cleaning and rinse down ease. All beds, shelving, and IV brackets are wall and ceiling mounted to facilitate cleaning.

    The Modula S Infection Isolation Unit takes only three days and ten people to deploy. An ultra-efficient building with solar power and energy storage capacity for full autonomous operation, the Unit includes a gen-set for failsafe backup, and enables true “off the grid” capability. It may stand alone as a single isolation clinic or be easily integrated for use as an infection isolation ward attached to a tent in a remote location or permanent hospital.  

    “Modula S building technology has the ability to significantly exceed U.S. Secretary of Defense’s energy and water use operational goals as stated in the Operational Energy Strategy,” says Jack Rutherford, CEO, Modula S, Inc. “We have a solution for the technical issues that have previously prevented ultra-efficient base operation due to energy and water inefficiencies. We’ve focused our efforts on the construction of ultra-efficient buildings for the DOD at Expeditionary Bases worldwide with our technology being accepted by the Navy’s Renewable Energy Program Office.”

    “It is of vital importance to protect our military workers and maximize their efficacy in patient treatment,” says Kon John, CuVerro National Sales Director. “With this ‘CuVerro-clean’ medical treatment unit we can significantly reduce the risk of transmission of infectious bacteria, with just routine cleaning. We are proud of our partnership with Modula S and we believe the inroads CuVerro bactericidal surfaces can make in the military and defense space is just the beginning of better treatment and infection control worldwide.”

     

    About Modula S

    For more information visit modula-s.com or contact info@modula-s.com.

    Modula S is a start-up focused on the commercialization of construction materials and construction processes to enable structurally and thermally resilient zero energy buildings, bases, and communities. Modula S buildings may be rapidly deployed as resilient, off-grid structures for numerous applications including, forward operating bases and the treatment of infectious diseases in remote locations. Further, our proprietary thermal envelope coupled with our unique structural construction methodologies enable the construction of zero energy buildings ranging from residential homes to skyscrapers of 30 stories or higher.  Modula S is an awardee of the Ebola Grand Challenge, granted by USAID, the White House OSTP, CDC and Dept. of Defense.

    About CuVerro

    For more information visit cuverro.comor contact cuverro@olinbrassb.staging.somedigitalmedia.com.

    CuVerro® is manufactured by GBC Metals, LLC, doing business as Olin Brass, a wholly owned subsidiary of Global Brass and Copper, Inc. which is a subsidiary of Global Brass and Copper Holdings, Inc., the leading manufacturer and distributor of copper, copper-alloy and bactericidal copper sheet, strip, plate, foil, rod, ingot and fabricated components in North America and one of the largest in the world. GBC Metals engages in the melting, casting, rolling, drawing, extruding and stamping of specialized copper and copper alloys finished products from scrap, cathode and other refined metals. (OB-0030-1508)

     

    *Laboratory testing shows that, when cleaned regularly, CuVerro surfaces kill greater than 99.9% of the following bacteria within 2 hours of exposure: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, E. coli O157:H7, and Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus faecalis (VRE).The use of CuVerro® bactericidal copper products is a supplement to and not a substitute for standard infection control practices; users must continue to follow all current infection control practices, including those practices related to cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces. This surface has been shown to reduce microbial contamination, but it does not necessarily prevent cross contamination.

  6. Olin Brass Endorses New Bi-Partisan USA Act

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    New federal legislation projects $57 billion in taxpayers’ savings through currency modernization and other waste reduction measures

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – With an eye toward saving U.S. taxpayers upward of $57 billion, a bipartisan congressional team has introduced the Unified Savings and Accountability Act (USA Act), a sweeping legislative effort designed to reduce waste and create efficiencies throughout the federal government.

    The legislation, which was announced last Wednesday, is co-sponsored by Senators John McCain (R-­AZ) and Mike Enzi (R-­WY) in the Senate and Congressman Robert Pittenger (R-­NC) and Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (D-­AZ) in the House.

    One of the cornerstones of the USA Act is a currency modernization provision that eliminates the paper dollar and replaces it with the more sustainable and efficient dollar coin. The Government Accountability Office estimates the provision will generate at least $4.4 billion and up to $13.8 billion in taxpayer savings.

    “By reforming and modernizing America’s outdated currency system, and moving forward with common sense good government practices, this bill would enable our country to reduce unnecessary bureaucratic waste and generate billions in taxpayer savings,” Sen. McCain pointed out.

    News of the bill’s introduction was greeted enthusiastically by members of the Dollar Coin Alliance, a coalition of public and private companies, agencies and associations committed to currency modernization. Among the DCA’s charter members is Global Brass and Copper, Inc., Olin Brass’s parent company.

    “Changing to the dollar coin is an easy way to save a great deal of tax payer money,” said Olin Brass spokesman Greg Keown, Vice President Sales and Marketing, citing the 20+ year lifespan of the coin vs. the 3-4 year average for the paper note. “The United States is the only currency among the world’s large economies that still prints bills of that small denomination. It’s time we caught up.”

    Mr. Keown’s  sentiment is echoed by growing support in Washington. The budget resolution (S.Con.Res.11) passed by Congress in May includes a section that expressly allows the savings from currency modernization to be applied to budget items in critical need of funding. That comes on top of the decades-long endorsement of the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which estimates that currency modernization could save billions without raising a single tax or cutting a single program.

    Beyond the Beltway, businesses and the American people have shown they’re ready to get onboard, as well. A 2012 Rasmussen Reports poll showed that more than 3 in 5 Americans favor conversion to the dollar coin after being informed of the budget savings. And op-ed pieces supporting the switch have appeared in leading newspapers across the nation, including The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune and U.S. News & World Report.

    “During a time when everyone is squeezing the budget for potential savings, it’s important for Congress to look at the bills that are right in front of them,” said former Arizona Congressman Jim Kolbe, Honorable Co-­Chair of the Dollar Coin Alliance. “Modernizing currency is a common sense solution that could result in up to $13.8 billion in U.S. taxpayer savings. And that’s something everyone should get behind.”

    GBC Metals, LLC, (dba Olin Brass) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Global Brass and Copper, Inc. which is a subsidiary of Global Brass and Copper Holdings, Inc, an organization whose companies are among the world’s leaders in a variety of specialized copper, brass, and other metal products. For further information, please visit our website at http://www.gbcholdings.com or www.olinbrass.mainteractive-host2.comTo find out more about the Dollar Coin Alliance and its currency modernization efforts, visit http://www.dollarcoinalliance.org

  7. Winchester names Olin Brass “Supplier of the Year”

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    Winchester, one of the world’s most oldest and most respected ammunition manufacturers, recently named Olin Brass its “Supplier of the Year” in the Metals Category for 2014.

    The award was presented in a ceremony held last month at the company’s East Alton, IL facility. It was one of three given by Winchester to suppliers in recognition of their outstanding support and commitment. Evaluations were based on suppliers’ on-time performance, quality and service, with a heavy emphasis on the latter. 

    Congratulations to all whose hard work and commitment to exceptional product quality and customer service made this honor a reality for Olin Brass.

  8. Brass Mill Recognized for Energy Star Challenge for Industry

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    Olin Brass is pleased to report the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized the Brass Mill facility with the ENERGY STAR® Challenge for Industry designation.

    In order to qualify for this achievement, the facility must significantly reduce their energy footprint in an energy intensive industry over a 5-year time horizon. This impressive achievement by the energy team clearly indicates the power of effective cross-functional teamwork, and a strong commitment to the goal of preserving our natural resources.

    Please be sure to congratulate the team members for their dedication to this philosophy.

  9. The Pingry School and CuVerro® strive for excellence in fighting bacteria

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    SCHAUMBURG, IL – The Pingry School is the first K through 12 school in the U.S. to install Black Iron Strength fitness equipment with CuVerro copper alloy solid surface handles. CuVerro, a bactericidal copper touch surface that kills 99.9 percent of bacteria* within two hours of contact is EPA-registered.

    “At The Pingry School, ‘excellence and honor’ is a mantra in everything we do, and the approach to athletics and strength training is no different,” says Coach Douglas Scott, C.S.C.S, a Physical Education teacher and Head Strength and Conditioning coach for the past 16 years. “It’s integral to what we bring to our student-athletes.”

    With the need to replace worn-out equipment in the school’s state-of-the-art strength and conditioning facility, Coach Scott researched extensively. “It’s my job to find the best equipment for our students and keep them as safe as possible,” says Scott. In choosing Black Iron Strength equipment the superior quality was a plus, while the CuVerro solid surface bactericidal properties was key and a big differentiator in the decision. Because CuVerro is a solid copper alloy, its properties never wash out or wear away and have been proven effective 24/7—continuously killing infectious bacteria*.

    Coach Scott noted that, with the range of commitments student-athletes face, from staying up late studying to meeting demanding schedules, their immune systems are often compromised. “Although we have antimicrobial wipes and clean the facility every night, you don’t normally clean dumbbell handles consistently. Dumbbells and pulley systems are a very high traffic and high-touch area,” Coach Scott says. “MRSA and bacterial infections can be common in exercise facilities. Whatever we can do beyond our normal cleaning system to lower the risk of students’ contact with bacteria is worth the investment.”

    The Pingry School installed a complete set of dumbbells, as well as barbells and pulley handle attachments. Representing communities across New Jersey and Pennsylvania with a 150-year history of high academic and athletic standards, the school enrolls approximately 1,080 students from diverse backgrounds. More than 80 percent of upper School students participate in sports across boys and girls teams.

    “Reaction to the CuVerro copper bactericidal weights has been very positive,” says Coach Scott. He added the high-end look and CuVerro minimizing bacteria risks really appeals to students immersed in “the science of things.”

    About CuVerro

    For more information visit www.cuverro.com or contact Tony Kulik, Director CuVerro, at Anthony.Kulik@olinbrassb.staging.somedigitalmedia.com or 1-877-311-2883.

    CuVerro® is manufactured by GBC Metals, LLC, doing business as Olin Brass, a wholly owned subsidiary of Global Brass and Copper, Inc. which is a subsidiary of Global Brass and Copper Holdings, Inc., the leading manufacturer and distributor of copper, copper-alloy and bactericidal copper sheet, strip, plate, foil, rod, ingot and fabricated components in North America and one of the largest in the world. GBC Metals engages in the melting, casting, rolling, drawing, extruding and stamping of specialized copper and copper alloys finished products from scrap, cathode and other refined metals. (OB-0028-1505)

    About Black Iron Strength

    Black Iron Strength® products are sold by Grace Premier Fitness and Wellness Products, Inc., the leading worldwide distributor for the US Patented CuLEAN® antimicrobial copper touch points on the Black Iron Strength® free weight equipment handles and touch surfaces featuring the CuVerro® bactericidal copper components. For more information about Black Iron Strength® products, email Tom Grace, President of Black Iron Strength®, at tom@gracefitness.com, visit www.blackironstrength.com, or call 1-360-574-6524.

    *Laboratory testing shows that, when cleaned regularly, CuVerro surfaces kill greater than 99.9% of the following bacteria within 2 hours of exposure: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, E. coli O157:H7, and Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus faecalis (VRE).The use of CuVerro® bactericidal copper products is a supplement to and not a substitute for standard infection control practices; users must continue to follow all current infection control practices, including those practices related to cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces. This surface has been shown to reduce microbial contamination, but it does not necessarily prevent cross contamination.

  10. Sustainability, the Olin Brass Way

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    Sustainability.

    Long before the word became synonymous with the “greening” of global business, it was a core value of Olin Brass; one that played a key role in shaping their business practices.

    “In the metals industry, sustainability just goes with the territory,” says Mike Houston, V.P. of Metals Management and a 25-year veteran of the company. “Beyond the economic argument, there’s the obvious environmental motivation for us to do everything possible to recover every bit of metal we can recycle. That’s our responsibility as a good corporate citizen.”

    The commitment to sustainability came naturally to Olin Brass. The company is a dedicated recycler that is constantly looking for new ways to reuse the material they generate internally as well as increase the amount of recycled material they source from third parties. The ultimate goal is to be self-contained by increasing recycled content and minimizing waste.

    “We want to recover and recycle every pound of metal that circulates through our plant,” Houston says. “We also work with external partners that can recycle by-products we deem unusable that would otherwise require disposal after processing is complete.”

    Olin Brass also operates a customer scrap buy-back program, which adds value for customers and provides a more efficient process for scrap return and recycling.

    “By working directly with our customers to recycle the scrap they generate from processing our products, we help ensure a steady stream of recycled material is coming back into our plant”, says Kristen Young, Olin Brass Materials Manager.  “The scrap market can tighten up, making dealer scrap difficult to find. By coordinating with our customers, it helps us to achieve our goal of maximizing the amount of recycled materials we use in our products even in difficult market conditions.”

    Olin Brass truly makes a global difference through its sustainability programs by the resources it uses and the measures it takes to use them as responsibly as possible. “It is our responsibility to demonstrate the vital role copper plays in our sustainable future, a key component in maximizing performance and minimizing energy usage in buildings, automobiles, electronics, machinery and more,” Houston says.

    The metal recycling efforts are mirrored by operational measures designed to reduce energy use and waste. These include a variety of environmentally friendly production processes and plant technologies, as well as an aggressive energy management regimen in place at the company’s industrial facilities.

    Olin Brass is committed to playing an active role in addressing climate change – by reducing its own carbon footprint in company operations and by creating high-performance alloys that enable the design of ever lighter products, more fuel efficient automobiles, and more energy efficient buildings. That says a great deal about the values at Olin Brass and its role as a responsible corporate citizen.