U.S. Borax Recognized as Supplier of the Year by Owens Corning

:: Tuesday, October 11, 2022 :: Posted By Evan Stevens

Photo (left to right): Gael Heskia (Owens Corning, VP of global sourcing and supply chain COE), Nick Zacouras (Rio Tinto, manager U.S. logistics strategy and sourcing), Alex Cameron (Owens Corning, global category leader for insulation materials), Adam Brodie (U.S. Borax, director of sales, North America), Evan Stevens (U.S. Borax, senior sales manager), Colin Thomson (U.S. Borax, general manager of global sales), and Ken Parks (Owens Corning, CFO).

U.S. Borax’s sales and logistics team attended Owens Corning’s annual supplier recognition event where we accepted two awards: Supplier of the Year for 2022 and as a finalist for Value Creation.

Based in the United States, Owens Corning’s three integrated businesses—composites, insulation, and roofing—provide durable, sustainable, energy-efficient solutions that leverage unique material science, manufacturing, and market knowledge. U.S. Borax has been supplying their refined borates needs for more than 25 years.

The Supplier of the Year award reflects our entire mine to market team’s contribution to:

  • Providing excellent customer service in a logistics constrained market
  • Delivering working capital value
  • Ensuring communication and supply options amidst supply chain challenges

Owens Corning chose U.S. Borax for these awards from all of their suppliers amongst freight services, rental equipment, specialty materials providers for their roofing and insulation business, and other raw material suppliers.

“U.S. Borax has been a strategic supplier of Owens Corning for decades and the growth we’ve shared together over the past year has been extraordinary. This strong relationship we have has enabled us to mitigate many supply chain risks, as well as lower our carbon emissions by sourcing domestically. We were thrilled to award U.S. Borax as Supplier of the Year and continue to view them as a great example and model of what a true strategic supplier relationship looks like,” said Gael Heskia, VP of global sourcing and supply chain COE.

“Strong customer relationships are the key to any successful business and we are proud to be a key supplier of Owens Corning because of our shared values and our mutual commitment to sustainability in manufacturing. Our goals intersect in not just commercial excellence, customer centricity and lowering our carbon footprint, but also in the areas of workforce diversity, and transparent governance,” said Colin Thomson, general manager of global sales with U.S. Borax.

Learn how a partnership with U.S. Borax can help your organization by contacting your regional sales manager.




U.S. Borax, part of Rio Tinto, is a global leader in the supply and science of borates—naturally-occurring minerals containing boron and other elements. We are 1,000 people serving 650 customers with more than 1,800 delivery locations globally. We supply around 30% of the world’s need for refined borates from our world-class mine in Boron, California, about 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles.  Learn more about Rio Tinto.

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