Trusscore looks to leave drywall in its dust
PALMERSTON – Drywall seems like an odd thing to get upset about, but Dave Caputo is blunt.
“I have a lifelong obsession and hatred of drywall,” says the CEO of Trusscore, a Palmerston-based company that makes PVC-based wall and ceiling panels.
Trusscore’s durable and recyclable wall and ceiling panels are lightweight and easy to install and maintain. Unlike drywall – which requires a messy, tedious installation process of gluing, mud, sanding, and painting – the trusscore panels come ready-made and are chemical, water and impact resistant. Installation is about four times faster than drywall.
“Trusscore is a materials science company in sustainable building materials with the ultimate vision of replacing painted drywall,” said Caputo.
From its traditional success in agriculture, thanks to the longevity and easy cleaning of the panels, “the residential and especially the garage market has become a major driver of the development of our business and our growth over the past year and a half,” he said.
Now the company has more than doubled its manufacturing capacity with the acquisition of a Calgary company. Westech Building Products also produces a range of vinyl building materials including a dock and deck system.
Its manufacturing facility is larger than the existing trusscore plants in Palmerston and Dayton, Ohio combined, Caputo said. While the acquisition could add a few new products to the Trusscore product line, “the whole idea is to expand our manufacturing capabilities, particularly for our customers in western Canada and the northwestern United States.”
With Westech, which was acquired by its parent company Westlake Chemical Corporation in Houston and will be called Trusscore, Trusscore now employs around 200 people. In addition to the manufacturing facilities, a Kitchener office at the Communitech hub houses its marketing, research and development teams.
Popular uses for Trusscore’s panels include garages and workshops, agricultural facilities, and commercial locations such as restaurants and offices. Last year, a number of hospitals used their temporary wall systems as the pandemic response increased, and the modular walls have been used in mass vaccination centers this year.
“Our product can be used wherever people build,” said Caputo. Its high gloss can make it more difficult for living rooms, but it’s ideal for residential use in laundry rooms, mud rooms, and garages, he said.
Trusscore uses recycled materials in its production whenever possible, and the finished products are reusable and recyclable – they can be ground and used for other purposes.
The Westech acquisition builds on a year of milestones for Trusscore, which raised more than $ 5.3 million in a seed funding round in May 2020 and won HGTV home renovation stars Bryan and Sarah Baeumler as brand ambassadors last fall Has.