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PinkWood Ltd. manufactures premium wooden I-joists in Western Canada, Calgary.
PinkWood Ltd. manufactures premium wooden I-joists in Western Canada, Calgary.

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Two Calgary based companies (PinkWood Ltd. and Cano Coatings Inc.), well known for their support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, have given up a lengthy fight against a lawsuit being prosecuted against them by Owens Corning, the large manufacturer of Pink Insulation.

Owens Corning has trademark protection for its Pink Insulation. Cano Coatings Inc., a Canadian owned, Calgary company produces a special Fire Rated paint used to coat wood products for the housing industry. The paint is difficult to ignite, and has been widely used in Alberta and Saskatchewan to coat exterior sheathing for residential housing, in compliance with Fire Code requirements.

The paint has been marketed under the trade name “PinkShield”, and the company contributes a royalty to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation for every gallon of paint produced. PinkWood Ltd. is an Alberta company which manufactures wood I-Joists (the structural supporting members of residential housing floor systems) in a modern high tech facility in Calgary. The company uses “PinkShield” to coat their I-Joists, making them stand up much longer in the case of a residential house fire. This gives the residents more time to escape a burning home. Also, in the event first responders find it necessary to enter a burning house, they would have more time before the floor failed.

Owens Corning filed a lawsuit against PinkWood Ltd. in the Federal Court of Canada on March 13, 2012, and amended it later to include Cano Coatings Inc. (Court No. T-536-12).

In the lawsuit, Owens Corning asked the court to prohibit Cano Coatings from: producing pink paint, to prohibit the company from using the word “pink” in connection with its products, and to prohibit the company from selling sheathing coated with PinkShield. In addition, Owens Corning asked the court to block PinkWood from coating their joists with PinkShield, and to change its name to drop the word “Pink”.

Brad Parsons, President of PinkWood Ltd. called the Owens Corning lawsuit a case of “massive over-reach” by a powerful Multi-National corporation. “We recognize their right to protection against infringement with respect to insulation products”, said Parsons. “However, no company can own a colour for all products, and no company can claim ownership of the word “pink”. Our products have nothing in common with insulation, and there are thousands of other pink products on the market. If you google any product with the prefix “pink”, millions of results come up. Likewise, thousands of companies have the word “pink” as part of their corporate name. Unfortunately we could not sustain the hundreds of thousands required in legal fees to see this case to a conclusion in a court of law.”

“As a result, we have offered to change the colour of our joists, and Cano has agreed to change the colour of its exterior sheathing. The new colour for these two products will be a light shade of tan, and it will be referred to as “PKshield”.

“In return, Owens Corning has dropped its demand that we change our name, and they have agreed that Cano Coatings may continue to produce “PinkShield” for retail sale in one gallon and five gallon pails.”

The two companies will be making the colour changes over the course of the next three months, and updating their websites to reflect the provisions of the Settlement Agreement reached with Owens Corning. PinkWood and Cano confirmed that they will continue to support the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, despite having reached this compromise.

Attached is a picture of our old joist and what our new joists will now look like.
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PinkWood congratulates all involved in the worlds tallest wood structure.

University of British Columbia Brock Commons Residence

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYwI6wHcRVc&feature=youtu.be

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Pinkwood has been supplying the Western Canadian I-Joist market with our premium joists for the past 5 years and has gained majority market share in the prairie provinces and B.C. interior.

Our U.S. neighbours will now have the benefits of our PKI fire resistant I-Joists. The initial U.S. orders will be going to the midwest, California, and Pennsylvania, with more dealer agreements expected to be in place in the coming months.

The response and interest in our product line has been phenomenal since officially launching our U.S. sales efforts at the Dallas NAWLA traders market in November of this year.

Please contact us for information on dealer opportunities and product information.

http://www.pinkwood.ca/news-blog/2015/12/16/pinkwood-i-joists-now-shipping-to-the-us

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PinkWood's Class B Fire Rated "Tan" joists are now rolling off the production line!
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