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General Shale Brings Home Three Addy Awards for Marketing Material

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn., March 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- General Shale, one of North America's leading brick manufacturers, was honored with three ADDYS at the Northeast Tennessee Chapter of the American Advertising Federation Awards.

General Shale displays its award winning marketing materials, alongside the unique Addy Awards presented at the 2014 Southern Fried American Advertising Federation Awards.

Conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the regional awards are the first of a three-tier, national competition. Winners of Gold Addys locally are forwarded to the district competition, and winners there compete nationally for recognition.

General Shale, the North American subsidiary of Wienerberger AG, won a gold Addy for a mobile phone app for smartphones and tablets. The award-winning app is the first of its kind to assist construction professionals and architects with designing buildings, selecting products, calculating costs and purchasing materials for their projects. The app allows users to browse General Shale's extensive line of product colors and sizes in brick, thin brick, pavers and do-it-yourself outdoor living kits, and then email favorite selections or final cost calculations without leaving the app.

The company also won two silver Addys. One silver Addy was for General Shale's Outdoor Living Brochure, highlighting the many new products in the Outdoor Living Product line that includes firepits, mailboxes, outdoor kitchens and pavers. A silver Addy was also presented for the company's third edition of Great North American Homes Magazine. The coffeetable-style book is full of design ideas, photos of beautiful architecture and interviews with homeowners who have chosen to use General Shale products.

"We are excited and honored to be recognized for these marketing materials," says Dawn Henning, Director of Marketing and Retail Sales. "Our focus is to provide our customers with communications tuned to the way they like to use the information. From a printed magazine to a mobile app, General Shale wants to be the best at utilizing appropriate technology for the user."

General Shale worked with Johnson City's Creative Energy, a full-service advertising and marketing agency, on the award-winning entries.

This year's theme for the advertising awards program was "Deep Fried ADDYS." The awards banquet was held at the Johnson City Country Club on Feb. 22, 2014. The awards were engraved cast iron skillets.

ABOUT GENERAL SHALE
General Shale is North America's largest brick, stone and concrete block manufacturer, supplying a wide variety of masonry materials for residential, commercial and specialty architectural projects. These materials include brick, thin veneers, stone, outdoor living kits, concrete block and various building materials. The company offers an endless array of sizes, colors and textures to complete any building project. With a life cycle of more than 100 years, the sustainability of brick is the company's commitment to responsible stewardship.

Throughout the U.S. and Canada, General Shale operates manufacturing facilities in nine states and provinces, in addition to a network of 31 distribution centers across the country. General Shale was founded in 1928 and is headquartered in Johnson City, Tenn. For more information, visit www.generalshale.com.

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