VMZINC® Sponsors Raleigh CANstruction Competition Awards Ceremony at Tir Na Nog Friday, Aug. 2

The Triangle’s Top Provider of Zinc Products Aids National Nonprofit in Local Hunger Relief Effort.

Raleigh, NC, August 03, 2013 --(PR.com)-- VMZINC® -US and Umicore Building Products, USA Inc. (http://www.vmzinc-us.com/), a leading specialist in innovative zinc products manufactured and sold by the Building Products Unit of Umicore, has announced that the company will sponsor the Raleigh CANstruction Competition Awards Ceremony on Friday, Aug. 2 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Tir Na Nog, located at 218 S. Blount St. in downtown Raleigh. CANstruction Inc., is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that holds annual design and build competitions to construct giant-sized structures made entirely out of donated canned food. At the closure of the competition, all Cansculptures™ are dismantled, and the cans used to build each structure are donated to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

This unique annual event, which combines architecture and activism in a fun setting, helps to collect millions of pounds of food worldwide each year toward a collective effort to reduce world hunger one community at a time. This year, The Raleigh CANstruction Competition will contribute 31,243 cans of food to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

Each of the Canscultpures™ entered in the Raleigh CANstruction Competition will be available for viewing at the First Friday Gallery Walk in downtown Raleigh on Friday, Aug. 2.

For more information, visit http://canstruction.org/content/raleigh, or on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/TriangleCaNstruction?fref=ts, or on AIA Triangle’s website, http://aiatriangle.org/cde.cfm?event=407301.

“We truly appreciate the support of VMZINC® and all those sponsoring and participating in the upcoming Raleigh CANstruction Event,” said Bailey Allred, project designer HH Archtecture and chair of the Triangle CANstruction. “CANstruction is a wonderful competition dedicated to bring members of the design and construction industry together to give back to the community, ensure the hungry are fed and raise awareness of the issues surrounding hunger worldwide.”

“VMZINC® is proud to sponsor the 2013 Raleigh CANstruction Competition Awards banquet,” said Daniel Nicely, managing director at VMZINC® -US and Umicore Building Products, USA Inc. “We appreciate this opportunity to give back to the community. The efforts of CANstruction are especially close to our hearts, and we could not be happier to be working with them.”

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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/.

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