VMZINC® Opens New Training Facility and Warehouse in Durham, N.C.

Facility to Conduct Six Annual Trainings and Provide Service for 28 Representatives Throughout North America.

Durham, NC, February 15, 2013 --(PR.com)-- VMZINC® (http://www.vmzinc-us.com/), a leading specialist in innovative zinc products manufactured and sold by the Building Products Unit of Umicore, announced that the company has opened a new training facility and warehouse in Durham, located at 2320 Presidential Drive, Suite 110. With 3,300 square feet and a climate controlled training room, the new facility will provide service to 28 representatives throughout the United States and Canada. In addition to technical training and assistance, service for representatives will include a variety of metal samples, literature and trade show support.

Seven certified VMZ Pro-zinc trainers, with a combined experience of 55 years of working with zinc products, will provide six annual trainings at the new Durham facility each year. Pro-zinc is a technical assistance service for contractors, which provides practical training in the form of educational courses, training on the building site and on-site technical assistance if needed. The first scheduled training at the new facility will be conducted in early February. Additionally, VMZINC® has plans to launch a half-day training course for architects to come to the training facility for a short mock VMZ Pro-zinc instruction and presentation. On-site trainings at other facilities are available upon request for companies with more than five employees attending.

“Providing more space and a larger facility for our PRO-ZINC trainers to teach contractors zinc techniques is an extremely important facet to our business strategy,” said Daniel Nicely, managing director at VMZINC® -US and Umicore Building Products USA, Inc. “We have had success expanding this part of our business, and relocating our training and warehouse facility will allow us to expand upon this unique service we provide to our clients.”

-The previous warehouse and training facility was 1,800 square feet and was located in downtown Raleigh on Yonkers Street.

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About VMZINC®:
VMZINC® is the international brand name of rolled zinc products manufactured and sold by the Building Products Unit of Umicore. VMZINC®, a leader in the French and Belgian markets and established in 15 countries worldwide, offers an unparalleled range of roofing products and systems, façade cladding, rainwater systems and ornaments. With a large focus on customer satisfaction, VMZINC®’s products and services have become synonymous with high quality, innovation and environmentally sustainable design. As the first company to diversify its range of surface aspects, VMZINC® offers six unique shades of preweathered zinc, in addition to natural zinc. The company strongly identifies with the Umicore Group values of responsibility, performance and progress, and for more than 10 years, VMZINC® has been closely involved with Umicore initiatives to give its operations a sustainable development framework. For additional information, visit http://www.vmzinc-us.com/.

About Umicore Building Products USA / VMZINC®:
Umicore is a worldwide leading producer of architectural zinc under the brand name, VMZINC®. For more than 160 years, Umicore has provided innovative solutions for building owners, architects and contractors. Umicore has offices and representatives all over the world. In the United States, Umicore Building Products USA, Inc., is based in Raleigh, N.C. For additional information, visit http://www.vmzinc-us.com/.

Kathleen Donnelly
MMI Public Relations
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Patty Briguglio