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Prestigious National Award Presented to SCORE Lancaster Client USA Gypsum

August 21, 2012

At the SCORE 2012 National Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, Terry Weaver, president and general manager of USA Gypsum in Reinholds, Pennsylvania, was presented with SCORE’s Outstanding Green Small Business Award, sponsored by Office Depot Corporation.  This is the first time a client of the SCORE Lancaster Chapter has been honored in this manner.

In presenting Weaver with the award at the organization’s 4th annual leadership conference, SCORE CEO Ken Yancey noted that “The SCORE awards celebrates and honors successful and innovative entrepreneurs who inspire us all, and the small business advocates who support entrepreneurship in America.”

Weaver pointed to the Lancaster SCORE Chapter – and, in particular, mentor Lou Davenport – as a significant factor in the growth of his company.  “In our five year relationship, Lou has been instrumental in steering us to financial decisions that were absolutely right for us at the particular stage of our development.  His background in all financial areas, including dealing with banks for financing, was invaluable.”

Davenport said that, from the outset of their relationship, Terry had a “clear understanding of the key performance indicators so necessary for the success of any company.  He was very good at utilizing and benefitting from our counseling and consulting.”

USA Gypsum, established in 1998 by Weaver’s friend and agronomist Michael Brubaker (now a Pennsylvania state senator), recycles drywall, utilizing a proprietary grinding/separating process.  One of the largest drywall recycling companies, it collects wallboard from sites in 9 states in the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and New England.  The resulting natural gypsum manufactured products are distributed for industrial, agricultural and home uses.  Gypsum is a natural soil aerator and conditioner for lawns and gardens; it enhances fertilizer uses on farms and golf courses.  It is also ideal for animal bedding, but it is most widely used in the manufacture of wallboard (drywall).  USA Gypsum served more than 150 customers last year, collecting some 30,000 tons of discarded drywall from construction sites.

SCORE Lancaster congratulates Terry Weaver and USA Gypsum on receiving the Outstanding Green Small Business Award. And we are sincerely proud of SCORE volunteer Lou Davenport for his excellence in mentoring.

Article contributed by SCORE mentor and marketing/PR specialist Michael Finn. For more information about USA Gypsum and how SCORE Lancaster has helped the company, watch this video!

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