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Polycor Makes Plan to be Carbon Neutral by 2025

Posted on 21 April 2021 by cradmin

Polycor Inc., a quarrier of natural stone, announced in honor of Earth Day, it plans to be carbon neutral by the end of 2025. Polycor is the first natural stone quarrier to make a firm commitment to carbon neutrality, and among the first in the manufacturing industry to take a leadership role on the essential work of decarbonization.

Polycor has a history of embracing environmental challenges, from its use of closed-system rainwater to owning 30 percent of all “Natural Stone Sustainability Standard” certified sites. Polycor recently announced an internal network of 15 Sustainability Champions to identify innovative solutions, from waste reduction to increasing processing efficiencies. While natural stone is already inherently sustainable and a zero-VOC material, Polycor remains committed to flattening the curve on carbon emissions.

This carbon neutral 2025 commitment demonstrates Polycor’s committed to science-based protection of the environment. The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) identifies the year 2030 as a tipping point that will require significant reduction in emissions. The building industry, which accounts for 39 percent of annual global GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions, bears a tremendous responsibility to mitigate global environmental risk.

Patrick Perus, CEO of Polycor Inc. commented, “This decision is also in line with the will of customers and partners in the industry, who are increasingly demanding environmentally friendly products and suppliers, showing a generalized awareness throughout the industry.”

According to the National Retail Federation, nearly 80 percent of consumers say sustainability is important to them, and more than 70 percent are even willing to pay more if it means their products are sustainable.

To help support its goal of being carbon neutral by 2025, Polycor will focus its efforts and improvements on the following areas:

  • Electrification: By the end of 2025, Polycor will increase its use of renewable energy so that 75 percent of its energy comes from renewable sources.
  • Fuel use: Polycor will significantly reduce its traditional carbon-based fuel use. Through installing electrical charging stations at plants, and prioritizing new vehicles with alternative fuel sources, the company will significantly increase the miles per gallon across its fleet.
  • Waste reduction: Polycor will meaningfully increase production efficiencies; these efficiencies will increase product yield, emphasize sustainable packaging, reduce chemical use, and will prioritize recycling and reuse.
  • Offsetting and rehabilitation: Carbon offsetting activities, such as upcoming tree planting campaigns, will create essential carbon sinks, decreasing the net total of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. From the beautification to the repurposing of former production sites, rehabilitation and reclamation will be an important sustainability activity for Polycor and will provide immediate benefits to local communities.

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Polycor Acquires Swenson Granite & Rock of Ages

Posted on 13 October 2016 by cradmin

polycorPolycor Inc., a Quebec-based natural stone producer, announced the acquisition of Swenson Granite and Rock of Ages, two of the top players in the granite and memorial monument industry. The merging of these three large companies makes them the biggest marble and granite production group in North America and one of the biggest worldwide. The headquarters of the business will remain in City of Québec, Canada.

These acquisitions will spotlight Polycor’s expertise in new North American and international markets. “Swenson Granite and Rock of Ages are brands known for the superior quality of their products in the markets where they have a presence. We wish to maintain their brand identity and image. They enjoy an enviable reputation, which will secure immediate growth for us,” explains Patrick Perus, CEO of Polycor. Polycor’s management is also aiming to acquire better knowledge of the customer base in these markets and strengthen their expertise in working natural stone quarries.

More than 800 employees will now work in Polycor’s numerous divisions. “Our intent is to create more jobs in the communities involved. We’re thrilled to welcome 400 new members into Polycor’s big family and we’re confident they will integrate seamlessly, as the three groups are complementary to each other and share similar fundamental values,” adds Perus.

TorQuest Partners and its co-investors, in conjunction with PNC Mezzanine Capital, are partnering with key members of Polycor, Swenson Granite and Rock of Ages management teams to capitalize the combined company. Though the transaction amount remains confidential, Polycor’s management estimates that by the end of this acquisition, revenues will exceed $150 million (USD) per year.

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Polycor Introduces Recycled Materials Hardware

Posted on 17 April 2014 by cradmin

polycor Pierre-Habitat-Diamond-Ferrule-Hex-Palladian-GrayPolycor Inc. introduced Pierre Habitat, a new brand of hardware that uses materials from the manufacturing processes of Vetrazzo and Polycor. Raw materials, excess granite, marble, limestone and Vetrazzo recycled glass are combined to produce unique cabinet pulls and knobs. The collection includes 10 designs available in eight metal finishes. Customers can choose from 26 Vetrazzo colors as well as five white marble, two black limestone and four Canadian granites that will match and complement their countertops. Pierre Habitat will also custom manufacture hardware pieces from sink cut-outs or remnants provided by the customer.

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Polycor Offers New KarmaStone

Posted on 26 February 2013 by cradmin

Basalt Black KarmaStone concrete countertop slabs from Polycor

Polycor introduced its new KarmaStone surfacing material collection. The product is a line of concrete slabs made with recycled natural stone to the tune of 70 percent of its content. It comes in three colors: Basaltic Black (pictured here); Soho Grey; and Dove White. All colors are available in 9-ft. by 5-ft. slabs, 3-cm-thick, and in a honed or antique finish. The company also supplies a topical sealer that cures in 48 hours and can be used to customize the color of the slabs.

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