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  1. Sustainability Spotlight: Copper Recycling

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    Copper was the first metal put to use by mankind, and almost certainly the first to be recycled. How can we know that? Because as precious as it’s been to human progress over the millennia, copper has also proven to be remarkably easy – and economical – to recover and reuse. So easy, in fact, that as much as 80% of the copper ever mined – over 10,000 years worth – is still in use today.

    Some other interesting facts about copper recycling:

    • Copper is the third most recycled metal by volume, behind iron and aluminum.
    • Processing recycled copper requires much less energy – as much as 90% less – than extracting new copper from virgin ore.
    • Recycled copper is also nearly as valuable as virgin copper. Premium-grade scrap typically retains 95% of the value of copper extracted from newly mined ore.
    • In 2010, U.S. recyclers processed nearly 4 billion pounds for domestic use and export, accounting for roughly half of all copper produced.
    • Roughly half of domestic recycled copper comes from process scrap (e.g. chips, machine turnings) while the other half is recovered from post-consumer materials such as car radiators, old plumbing and electrical cable.

    As you might expect, recycling is vitally important to Olin Brass and our parent company, GBC.

    • In fiscal 2013, some 88% of GBC’s source materials came from scrap metals.
    • Almost 70% of the externally sourced metal used by Olin Brass in 2013 was recycled – including 133.6 million pounds of dealer scrap and 56.7 million pounds of customer scrap.

    Perhaps most remarkable is that after 10,000 years of human use, copper is still an extremely abundant element. According to the Copper Development Association, only 12% of the planet’s total copper resources have been tapped to date. And considering that today it’s actually cheaper to recycle copper than to mine it, copper may well be the most recyclable substance known to man.

    For more information about copper recycling, check out the recycling section of the Copper Development Association’s website: http://www.copper.org/environment/lifecycle

  2. Latta, Murphy, Yarmuth Reintroduce Infection Reduction Labeling Act

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH), along with Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Congressman John A. Yarmuth (D-KY), today reintroduced H.R. 1424, the Infection Reduction Labeling Act. The legislation would ultimately help reduce the rate of hospital-acquired infections by allowing solid antimicrobial copper products to be labeled with their infection reduction properties.

    “Infection rates within hospitals are staggering,” said Latta. “More than 4 percent of patients develop an infection during their hospital stay, resulting in 100,000 deaths and more than $100 billion in additional health care costs each year. The Infection Reduction Labeling Act would enable producers to accurately display the intrinsic properties of antimicrobial copper products, encouraging their adoption in health care settings and saving lives.”

    “We can save thousands of lives right now by using copper surfaces to kill deadly bacteria,” said Murphy. “Bacteria like highly infectious MRSA dies within minutes when exposed to a copper surface, but if left on plastics or other similar materials, MRSA can last for days. Since 80 percent of infectious diseases are transferred by touch, expanded use of copper fixtures and surfaces will dramatically reduce the spread of deadly hospital-acquired infections.”

    Trials have indicated that the use of solid antimicrobial copper surfaces in hospital intensive care units can drastically reduce patient infection rates. While solid copper alloys have already been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and are registered as an antimicrobial agent under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, current law does not permit the EPA to allow the labeling of these products as antimicrobial by producers. This legislation would permit such labeling, so these products’infection-reducing properties can be fully realized.

  3. Olin Brass Recognized by Ameren Illinois for its Energy Efficiency Efforts

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    Company on track to meet five year energy savings commitment

    East Alton, IL – Olin Brass, a subsidiary of Global Brass and Copper, Inc., was recognized recently by Ameren Illinois for its energy conservation efforts during a ceremony at its East Alton facility. With the help of Ameren Illinois’ energy efficiency programs, Olin Brass has reduced its electricity consumption by more than 14 million kilowatt-hours, equivalent to taking 2,000 cars off the road, and the company is on track to achieve national certification through the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry program.

    “One of Olin Brass’ core values is to exhibit good corporate citizenship in all that we do,” said Bill Toler, President Olin Brass. “By investing in these types of energy efficiency improvements, we are showing our customers and our community that we care about the environment and the future we share. We want to thank Ameren Illinois for their assistance in implementing these projects.”

    In 2011, Olin Brass began participating in Ameren Illinois’ ActOnEnergy® program. Through ActOnEnergy, business and residential customers can receive incentives to help them complete energy efficiency projects that better control their energy use and help them save money. Between 2011 and 2014, Olin Brass tackled 33 ActOnEnergy projects targeting lighting, motors, compressed air, and more. Those projects resulted in electricity savings of nearly 14 million kilowatt-hours and yearly cost savings of nearly $1 million. As a result of these improvements, 21.8 million pounds of carbon dioxide gas has been removed from the environment.

    “One of our goals through our energy efficiency programs is to help Illinois businesses thrive and grow,” said Richard Mark, President and CEO of Ameren Illinois. “Companies that invest in themselves through energy efficiency are companies that want to remain economically competitive. We commend Olin Brass for taking these steps to reduce their environmental footprint.”

    In 2011, Olin Brass began pursuing Challenge for Industry certification through the federal ENERGY STAR® program and became the first company in the copper and brass industry to become an “Energy Star Partner.” As such, the company pledged to cut its overall energy consumption by 10 percent within five years. Olin Brass is now on track to become certified through the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry program, a national designation awarded to those organizations that meet significant energy savings benchmarks.

    A subsidiary of Global Brass and Copper Holdings, Inc., Olin Brass is a world leader in its own right, one of the oldest, most innovative and diverse producers of copper alloys and products in the world. With six domestic operating units and an international group serving Asia and the Pacific Rim, the organization is poised to maintain and expand its presence in copper markets worldwide. For more information, please visit http://www.olinbrass.mainteractive-host2.com.

  4. Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings outfit world class training center with CuVerro®

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    SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — As part of a renovation to the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California, the 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings have installed Black Iron Strength® dumbbells and attachments made with CuVerro® in their strength and training facility.

    “Chris Kingsley, the head athletic trainer of the LA Kings called me,” says Tom Grace, President Black Iron Strength and Grace Premier Fitness.  “I sent him the research about the CuVerro bactericidal properties and he reviewed all of it. Manufactured entirely in the U.S., from the time the order was placed to installation it took only 8 weeks including the customization that was required.”

    Black Iron Strength high end strength training equipment is the only fitness product line featuring CuVerro® bactericidal copper gripping surfaces. CuVerro bactericidal touch surfaces continuously kill 99% of infectious bacteria*.  An EPA-registered copper alloy surface, the inherent properties of CuVerro have been proven effective 24/7, never washing out or wearing away.

    “Our objective is to further minimize the exposure of bacteria in our training spaces and having dumbbells with CuVerro copper handles made huge sense in upgrading our equipment,” says Matt Price, LA Kings head strength and conditioning coach. “The net reduction of the spread of bacteria is our goal as we look to minimize athlete’s time lost unnecessarily to illness.”

    “Anything a strength coach or trainer can do to lower the probability of athlete sickness and infections is worth paying attention to.  It can literally cost millions,” Mr. Grace says.  Many inquiries have stemmed from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers MRSA outbreak last year in which three Tampa Bay Bucs have not played pro football since.

    “Any virus or bacteria, the flu or even small cuts makes one susceptible to illness. Coupled with immune systems being compromised because of all the travel athletes endure – the probability of getting sick is higher. Living and working out together in close quarters increases susceptibility and hand hygiene is particularly important. That’s where free weight systems and equipment comes into play,” Mr. Grace adds. Just two weeks ago the Anaheim Ducks sidelined two players including goals leader Corey Perry after being diagnosed with the mumps.

    *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® antimicrobial 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.

    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, visitwww.blackironstrength.com, or call 1-360-574-6524.

    About CuVerro
    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. For more information about CuVerro, contact Kon John, Director CuVerro Market and Business Development, at Kon.John@olinbrassb.staging.somedigitalmedia.com, visit www.cuverro.com or call 1-877-311-2883. (OB-0025-1411)

  5. CuVerro® introduces new bactericidal product line up at Healthcare Design Conference

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    SCHAUMBURG, IL – The unique CuVerro® supplier-to-market-model brings a deep range of products made with bactericidal copper to next week’s Healthcare Design Conference – the premier event devoted to the design of responsibly built environments direct impact on the safety, operation, clinical outcomes, and financial success of healthcare facilities. In San Diego, CA November 15-18, the conference theme “ Better Care Through Better Design” dovetails seamlessly with the strength and style of CuVerro®  bactericidal copper alloy touch surfaces which kills 99.9% of bacteria*, within 2 hours.

    This year in booth 1707, CuVerro will be showcasing a portfolio of products, further entrenching its stronghold in the healthcare bactericidal product marketplace. The solution-selling approach of CuVerro has brought together a solid line up of manufacturer affiliates to focus on enhanced cleanliness needs from medical devices and equipment to fixtures and design elements.

    Products made with CuVerro are a powerful healthcare tool, continuously fighting against bacteria* that can cause infections. “The CuVerro business model brings with it a superior group of bactericidal products to dramatically improve cleanliness and hygiene of the healthcare built environment and beyond” says Kon John, Director CuVerro Market Development.

    An EPA-registered copper alloy surface, the inherent properties of CuVerro have been proven effective 24/7, never washing out or wearing away to continuously kill 99% of infectious bacteria*. While showcasing several new product introductions this year, CuVerro will have affiliate representatives in their booth to discuss details and help answer questions. 

    Rocky Mountain Hardware will be featuring its Verdura® line in partnership with HOK Design. Pedigo Products has provided an IV pole made with CuVerro bactericidal copper and Eaton’s Cooper Wiring Devices is showcasing its new toggle light switch. Drapery Industries is introducing its SafeGripTM wand also entered for the coveted Nightingale Award.  Colonial Bronze previously won this award for its CuSalus line of U.S. made cabinet and architectural hardware made with CuVerro and will also be exhibiting at the show.  Frigo Design is launching a new tile line while A.T. Cross is showcasing the new Century® Copper Pen now available at Staples stores nationwide.

    “Our CuVerro product suite offers designers, architects, and facility planners a much-needed diverse selection of products all in one seamless solution. The efficacy of our products enhances and supports infection control programs and our style and architectural finishes can complement or even drive the design elements of the built environment,” John adds.

    Rounding out the CuVerro showcase are free weights from Grace Premier Fitness, door hardware from Trimco, , an automatic door switch from Larco, and keyboards and keypads from Operator Interface Technology.

    *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®antimicrobial 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.

    About CuVerro

    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. For more information about CuVerro,email Kon John, Director CuVerro Market and Business Development, at Kon.John@olinbrassb.staging.somedigitalmedia.com, visit www.cuverro.com or call 1-877-311-2883. (OB-0024-1411)

  6. CuVerro® unchains the power of bactericidal copper.

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    The inherent bactericidal properties of copper have been known since ancient Egyptian times, but it was not until the 21st century that copper’s efficacy against bacteria was proven in the laboratories of the U.S. EPA.* As a result of those tests, in 2011 CuVerro® bactericidal copper alloys were registered by the EPA, becoming the first class of solid surfaces to be officially recognized for their bactericidal properties.

    The distinction between “antimicrobial” and “bactericidal” is an important one. Antimicrobial refers to substances that by definition slow, suppress, inhibit or destroy microbes. A variety of surface coatings and additives that claim antimicrobial properties are available today, but these products do not actually kill bacteria, only inhibit its growth while retarding odors, staining and surface deterioration caused by bacteria.

    Bactericidal substances, on the other hand, literally kill bacteria on contact – including some of the most virulent infectious strains** responsible for many hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). CuVerro works continuously, never wears out, and is harmless to humans and the environment. When cleaned regularly, CuVerro surfaces kill 99.9% of infectious bacteria** within 2 hours of contact and continue to kill 99% of bacteria** 24/7. There’s no “catch.”

    Once the effectiveness of CuVerro bactericidal touch surfaces became clear to healthcare industry manufacturers, the rush was on to develop a wide variety of products made with CuVerro– from sinks and faucets to bed rails, medical carts and tables, wall switches and many others. Soon interest expanded beyond healthcare facilities and into other settings where the bactericidal benefits of CuVerro made sense, like schools, hotels, public transit, private homes and offices.

    Today, CuVerro is affiliated with over 20 different manufacturers who together produce dozens of distinct products boasting CuVerro bactericidal copper surfaces. And as word continues to spread about CuVerro, more and more companies are sure to join the club.

    You might say we’ve only just scratched the surface.

    * For detailed information on U.S. EPA testing, visit http://cuverro.com/tested-proven-trusted/scientific-proof/epa-tests.

    **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. CuVerro® is a registered trademark of GBC Metals, LLC. See www.CuVerro.com, call 1-877-311-2883, or email CuVerro@olinbrassb.staging.somedigitalmedia.com for more details.

  7. New Director, New Directions for CuVerro®

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    In September, Olin Brass named Kon John to the post of Director of Business Development for CuVerro® Products. The appointment is fitting, in light of John’s successful 2-year tenure as Olin Brass Marketing Director and the enormous potential of bactericidal copper in the healthcare market and beyond. Here, Kon discusses the future of CuVerro and the steps he plans to take in the coming months. 

    Help us understand exactly what the CuVerro name refers to. Is it a class of copper alloys or simply a brand name?

    Actually, it’s both. CuVerro is a brand name that refers to a class of EPA-registered solid surface copper alloys that continuously kill 99.9% of infectious bacteria* 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The name is a registered trademark of Olin Brass.

    As Director of Business Development, is your primary focus on building the brand with the public or working with manufacturing affiliates?

    Again, the answer is both. My focus is to build brand awareness for CuVerro with the public, and working closely with our manufacturing affiliates will be key to creating a pull from the marketplace. The co-branding strategies we develop with those affiliates are clearly very important in our overall effort to heighten consumer awareness of the CuVerro name and consumer benefits.

    What product areas and markets do you believe hold the most promise for CuVerro moving forward? 

    Obviously, the healthcare space is extremely important to us, simply because CuVerro can be so impactful in improving cleanliness and ultimately creating a cleaner environment for the sick and injured. The same holds true for the public space, where we believe virtually every industry represents an opportunity. Transportation, education, government, fitness, hospitality – all hold promise for CuVerro in the near and long term.

    What do you see as the biggest challenge ahead for CuVerro?

    Once they know the science behind the product, people agree that using CuVerro is simply “the right thing to do” because it’s such an easy way to improve cleanliness and dramatically reduce potential exposure to infectious bacteria. The key for us is to make sure people get that message. So our biggest challenge will be creating and executing an impactful and sustainable message that educates the public to embrace the technology.

    So what’s the next step?

    Going forward, we will be embarking on a brand campaign for products manufactured from CuVerro bactericidal copper alloys that will transcend the healthcare space and communicate the need to create cleaner environments in our everyday living. Thanks to the great work everyone here has done over the past few years in building our team of affiliates, we have an extremely robust foundation in place. Now it’s time to get the word out about how CuVerro can make life better for all of us.

    *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. CuVerro® is a registered trademark of GBC Metals, LLC.

  8. CuVerro® bactericidal copper touch surfaces ready for return to Healthcare Design Conference, opening Nov. 15 in San Diego

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    LOUISVILLE, KY, November 3, 2014 – The Olin Brass CuVerro® team will again be in attendance when the annual Healthcare Design Conference (Video) convenes next week in San Diego. Olin Brass is the nation’s premier provider of bactericidal copper alloys under its brand, CuVerro®.

    This year will mark the sixth consecutive year that CuVerro products will be represented at HCD, which is widely recognized as the foremost event devoted to the design of healthcare facilities and environments. Over 4,000 participants are expected for this year’s conference, which is themed “Better Care Through Better Design” and runs November 15-18 at the San Diego Convention Center.

    Products made with CuVerro will be well represented on the floor of the Exhibit Hall. In addition to the CuVerro exhibit at Olin Brass’ booth (Booth #1707), products featuring CuVerro touch surfaces will be displayed by three manufacturing affiliates, Colonial Bronze (Booth #1706), Just Manufacturing (Booth #1901), and Eaton’s Cooper Lighting featuring items from Cooper Wiring Devices (Booth #427). 

    As always, company representatives in attendance will be on the lookout for product developers and manufacturers interested in joining the CuVerro strategic affiliate network. The CuVerro team will also be focused on connecting with end users – that is, key hospital and healthcare network decision makers – for whom products made with CuVerro have the most to offer. 

    CuVerro® bactericidal copper alloys are 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.

    *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. CuVerro® is a registered trademark of GBC Metals, LLC. See www.CuVerro.com, call 1-877-311-2883, or email CuVerro@olinbrassb.staging.somedigitalmedia.com for more details.

     

  9. The A.T. Cross Century® Copper Pen made with CuVerro® now available at Staples nationwide

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    SCHAUMBURG, IL – Nearly 1400 Staples stores will soon carry the innovative Century® Copper pen by A.T. Cross. Part of the Cross signature Classic Century® collection, the Century Copper pen is made from CuVerro® bactericidal touch surface which kills 99.9% of bacteria* within two hours of contact, including MRSA. An EPA-registered copper alloy, the properties of CuVerro have been proven effective 24/7, never washing out or wearing away- making the Century Copper pen an innovative writing tool continuously killing bacteria in the workplace, at home, and on-the-go.

    “Winter and holidays are typically fraught with increased sickness and hygiene concerns” said Kon John, Director CuVerro Business and Market Development. “With the current heightened fear of bacterial contamination, the Century Copper pen with CuVerro® is a timely innovation. We are thrilled Staples is carrying this breakthrough pen.”

    Available the week of November 10th, Staples will feature the Century Copper pen in the Specialty Pen section of their writing aisle, an area that features pens that are unique in form and function. The distinctive Century Copper ballpoint pen will be priced at $29.99.

    The Century Copper pen boasts a sleek iconic design with the stunning CuVerro copper alloy surface. “This pen furthers our reputation for quality craftsmanship and moves our brand ahead with a writing tool that truly will make a difference in today’s health conscious environment” said Chad Mellen, CEO of A.T. Cross Co. “I’ve used my Cross Century pen made with CuVerro for over two years now and I always feel comfortable letting its many admirers ‘borrow it’ to see and feel what a great product it is. This is a great addition to our collection of writing instruments Staples will now carry nationwide.”

    *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® antimicrobial 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.

    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. For more information about CuVerro, email Kon John, Director CuVerro Market and Business Development, at Kon.John@olinbrassb.staging.somedigitalmedia.com, visit www.cuverro.com or call 1-877-311-2883. (OB-0023-1411)

    About A.T. Cross Company

    A.T. CROSS COMPANY, the world renowned manufacturer and marketer of fine writing instruments, has achieved worldwide recognition as a brand since the firm’s inception in 1846. The CROSS name has been synonymous with quality writing instruments, and its collection has expanded to include other fine accessories for where and how you work including timepieces, leather, eyewear, and journals. CROSS is headquartered in Lincoln, Rhode Island, and its products are sold in 89 countries worldwide through select retailers and distribution partners. All CROSS writing instruments are backed by a lifetime mechanical guarantee. CROSS selections bring the collective skills of 168 years of innovation and craftsmanship to a whole new generation of products. For further information about CROSS, please visit www.cross.com.

  10. GRMC Fitness Center – A new standard of clean and safe community fitness with CuVerro®

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    SCHAUMBURG, Ill. and GRINNELL, Iowa — On October 21st the Grinnell Regional Medical Center celebrated the new Paul W. Ahrens Fitness Center with an open house celebration. Nearly 400 people attended the day-long event with a range of activities showcasing the new facility and its state of the art equipment and programs.

    Products made from CuVerro® bactericidal copper alloy touch surfaces were featured throughout the Ahrens Fitness Center. From free weights, to switch plates, door and faucet handles, CuVerro surfaces kill 99% of bacteria* within two hours of contact when cleaned regularly. An EPA-registered copper alloy surface, the properties of CuVerro have been proven effective 24/7, never washing out or wearing away to continuously kill infectious bacteria*.

    Todd Linden, GRMC President and CEO, was instrumental in outfitting the new facility with CuVerro. “I see CuVerro surfaces as a significant factor in creating cleaner healthcare and community environments” Linden says. “With a desire to be health conscious, the notion that creating an environment that’s as free as possible from bacteria and the spread of infectious bacteria is what appealed to us. We believe it is important for the mission of the fitness center. CuVerro will be good for clients, the staff of the facility, and the community to live in as well.”

    A range of manufacturer affiliates, each expert in their field, worked closely in the development and installation of products manufactured from CuVerro® bactericidal touch surfaces throughout the Ahrens Fitness Center. Products made from CuVerro surface include free weights by Black Iron Strength, switch and outlet plates by Eaton, cabinet hardware by Colonial Bronze, and grab bars and faucet handles by Rocky Mountain Hardware.

    Kon John, Director CuVerro Business and Market Development attended the open house, stating “We are honored to be part of this landmark event. Todd Linden and his team at the GRMC have done a remarkable job developing the Paul W. Ahrens Fitness Center, focused around heightened community wellness. We are very excited that CuVerro is integral to impacting the cleanliness of the facility by continuously killing bacteria, and ultimately helping to create a healthier environment”. Kon John added “We’d also like to thank all of our affiliates, in particular Tom Grace of Black Iron Strength for his efforts in launching CuVerro fitness equipment made from bactericidal copper”.

    Shannon Hinsa-Leasure, associate professor and chair of biology at Grinnell College, is leading the research to study the bactericidal efficacy of CuVerro bactericidal touch surfaces throughout the fitness center. Students working with Hinsa-Leasure are collecting bio load samples from the free weights at the Ahrens Fitness Center and will compare them to samples from the free weights at the Grinnell College fitness center.

    “This will identify bacteria load differences to help pave the way for cleaner antibacterial outfitted facilities in the future” Linden says.

    The Ahrens Fitness Center has more than 400 members. In addition to fitness services, the facility also offers acupuncture, chiropractic care, physical therapy, and therapeutic massage. The new fitness center touts wellness care and programs featuring:

    All of the interior and equipment needs at the fitness center have been entirely funded with charitable donations, thanks to more than 300 gifts from the GRMC Moving at the Speed of Life campaign. Support has included donations from many fitness center members and lead gifts from the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation, the Claude W. Ahrens Charitable Trust, and the Michael and Susan Witt Foundation.

    For more information about the GRMC Paul W. Ahrens Fitness Center, please contact Denise Lamphier, GRMC director of communications and development, at 641-236-2589 or dlamphier@grmc.us.

    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. For more information about CuVerro, email Kon John, Director CuVerro Market and Business Development, at Kon.John@olinbrassb.staging.somedigitalmedia.com, visit www.cuverro.com or call 1-877-311-2883. (OB-0022-1410)

    *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® antimicrobial 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.