Member Spotlight: February

Owens Corning (OC) is head quartered in Toledo, Ohio, with additional manufacturing facilities around the Globe. In 2016, the Owens Corning Components division acquired InterWrap Industrial Fabrics. In addition to continuing to manufacture the Rhino branded product line in protective packaging and roofing underlayment, OC will place a major focus on the newly formed Geosynethics business. The geomembrane product mix ranges from 12mil – 40mil with several proprietary technologies including the RhinoMat product line. Owens Corning has recently begun constructing a world class geosynthetics research facility, as part of the current Science & Technology Center, located in Granville, OH. Opening of the new facility is scheduled for Fall, 2017. The FGI liaisons for OC are North American Sales Manager Jimmie Eloff ( and Geosynthetics Engineer Andy Durham (


Technology Transfer

To accomplish technology transfer FGI will:

– Answer consultant and regulatory questions about design, specification, testing, and installation of fabricated geomembranes.

– Distribute material, fabrications, and installation standards.

– Continue to publish and distribute a Technical Bulletin, press releases, and quarterly newsletter for the geosynthetics industry.

– Conduct educational seminars and short courses on fabricated geomembranes that emphasize applications of fabricated geomembranes.

– Establish and maintain an Internet site for fabricated geomembranes.

– Exhibit at various industry trade shows and conferences.

– Assist FGI members in publishing case histories, new technologies, research results, and other information.

– Provide graduate research assistants to research fabricated geomembranes; current research topics include durability in exposed applications, effect of liquid drawdown cycles on durability, floating covers, puncture resistance, subgrade preparation, and canal linings.

– Incorporate fabricated geomembrane information into undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Illinois.