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Saturday, December 24, 2011

National Gypsum Introduces 5/8" High Strength Fire-Shield

CHARLOTTE (December 20, 2011) – National Gypsum has announced the release of its new Gold Bond® brand High Strength Fire-Shield® LITE Gypsum Board. High Strength Fire-Shield LITE is a specialty gypsum board formulated to be up to 15 percent lighter than standard 5/8" Type X gypsum board.

“High Strength Fire-Shield LITE is a natural extension to the National Gypsum High Strength LITE family,” said Steve Cusa, product manager, gypsum systems for National Gypsum. “High Strength Fire-Shield LITE is lighter in weight and easier to handle, offering an alternative to contractors who value products with less weight in commercial construction and fire-rated designs.”

The specially formulated lightweight properties of High Strength Fire-Shield LITE offer the potential to both improve productivity and reduce transportation costs. In addition to the lower weight, the product offers better working properties including an improved score and snap, reduced dust and an improved strength-to-weight ratio. In addition, its face paper features GridMarX® guide marks to allow installers to quickly identify fastener lines for stud and joist framing as well as nail and screw patterns.

High Strength Fire-Shield LITE is the first lightweight Type X product to achieve GREENGUARD Children & SchoolsSM Certification.

“National Gypsum is proud to offer the broadest line of gypsum and related products to have achieved the industry’s most stringent indoor air quality standards,” said Cusa. “The GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification requires rigorous sample testing, manufacturing process review and ongoing quarterly testing.”

High Strength Fire-Shield LITE features a fire-resistant Type X core and is UL Classified and approved for inclusion in specific UL fire-rated designs. For a complete list of UL fire-rated designs, visit

High Strength Fire-Shield LITE will be available in early 2012 and will carry an up-charge over standard 5/8” Type X gypsum board. For more information, go to or call 1-800-NATIONAL for technical information.

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