"Launching the program this year, the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, highlights the importance of honoring the past while inspiring the future"
TOLEDO, Ohio & CHICO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Owens Corning and the Concrete Preservation Institute (CPI) today
announced an agreement through which Owens Corning and its Foundation
will support CPI’s Career Skills Program at Pearl Harbor. This program
will restore the historic Battleship Row mooring quays, while helping
U.S. Army personnel transition to civilian jobs.
Details of the agreement include:
Owens Corning Foundation will donate $100,000 to support CPI’s Career
Skills Program at Pearl Harbor
Owens Corning will donate fiberglass composites to CPI for use in
restoration work, where appropriate, in the Pearl Harbor Battleship
Row mooring quays – used to secure the ships along Battleship Row and
the last structures remaining from the attack on December 7, 1941
Owens Corning volunteers will provide materials expertise to the
“CPI’s Career Skills Program gives us a great opportunity to help the
men and women of our military transition to civilian life,” said Don
Rettig, president, Owens Corning Foundation. “Starting this relationship
and work with CPI on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day makes it
especially meaningful to our employees.”
“Launching the program this year, the 75th anniversary of the
Pearl Harbor attack, highlights the importance of honoring the past
while inspiring the future,” said Dr. Tanya Wattenburg Komas, founding
director, president, and CEO, CPI. “With the generous support of Owens
Corning, we are honored to help preserve this important national
monument while contributing to meaningful veteran employment that
addresses a national workforce development need for skilled trades and
management in all areas of construction, including repair of
CPI’s Career Skills Program is the first overseas program to be approved
by the U.S. Army and the only one focused on concrete. Service members
from any military branch can participate in the Pearl Harbor program at
no cost due to program partnerships, donations, and grants. Active-duty
service members will participate in CPI’s three yearly, 12-week sessions
for the Battleship Row mooring quay restoration project. They will learn
hands-on about concrete, construction, and historic preservation while
helping preserve one of the country’s most important historical sites.
“In our Composites business, we’re committed to developing solutions to
help reinforce our future, which involves both preserving national
treasures and improving the integrity of future structures,” added
Teresa May, vice president of strategic marketing, Composite Solutions
Business, Owens Corning.
Owens Corning sponsored the graduation of the first cohort to complete
CPI’s Career Skills Program at World War II Valor in the Pacific
National Monument on December 5.
CPI will work with the National Park Service and other stakeholders to
determine the proper preservation approach and then contribute its
expertise in concrete repair and material systems. When appropriate,
this may include the use of advanced reinforcing materials within the
concrete system to ensure durability.
About Owens Corning
Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) develops, manufactures and markets insulation,
roofing and fiberglass composites. Global in scope and human in scale,
the company’s market-leading businesses use their deep expertise in
materials, manufacturing and building science to develop products and
systems that save energy and improve comfort in commercial and
residential buildings. Through its glass reinforcements business, the
company makes thousands of products lighter, stronger and more durable.
Ultimately, Owens Corning people and products make the world a better
place. Based in Toledo, Ohio, Owens Corning posted 2015 sales of $5.4
billion and employs about 16,000 people in 25 countries. It has been a
Fortune 500® company for 62 consecutive years. For more
information, please visit www.owenscorning.com.
About Concrete Preservation Institute
CPI is a non-profit educational foundation with Field School locations
at Alcatraz Island and Pearl Harbor. CPI is a partner of the U.S.
National Park Service and an official Career Skills Program for the U.S.
military. The Institute is supported by industry sponsorships,
charitable donations, and partnerships to fund the training program and
preserve structures that might not otherwise be preserved due to
declining federal capital improvement budgets. CPI directors are
internationally recognized experts in concrete repair and preservation.
They teach in the Field School program, contribute to advancement of the
repair industry through development of repair technology and approaches,
engage in ongoing special projects around the world, and offer industry
professional development. For more information, please visit www.cpi-foundation.org/.
Representatives from Owens Corning and Concrete Preservation Institute on a Battleship Row mooring quay at Pearl Harbor. Owens Corning and its Foundation will support CPI’s Career Skills Program at Pearl Harbor to restore the historic mooring quays, while helping U.S. Army personnel transition to civilian jobs. (Photo: Business Wire)