CHICAGO, IL -- USG Corporation (NYSE: USG), a leading building products company, was recently named Innovator of the Year by The Executives' Club of Chicago. The award, which is given to a company whose new product, service, process or business model has resulted in organic growth and measurable economic benefit to the region, was presented to USG for its development of USG Durock™ Brand EcoCap™ Self-Leveling Underlayment, a product that offers a significant reduction in several environmental impacts.

"Innovation is a team sport and it is at the heart of how USG employees develop new products and technologies that positively impact the spaces where people live, work and play," said Dominic Dannessa, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for USG. "This award celebrates our culture of innovation, which has made USG a leader in moving the construction industry forward for more than 110 years."

With its breakthrough geopolymer binder technology, USG Durock™ Brand EcoCap™ Self-Leveling Underlayment is a quick-setting, eco-friendly cement-based product for use over concrete subfloors and wood subfloors in interior applications. The technology also brings significant improvement in building environmentally sustainable structures.

"The Executives' Club of Chicago is the city's premier networking and business forum. Each year, we recognize the best and brightest leaders in technology, innovation and corporate citizenship," said Ana Dutra, President and CEO of The EC. "We are excited to share the honor of Innovator of the Year Award with USG and Dr. Veeramasuneni. Their talented team is developing impressive technologies, which will further drive Chicago to the top of the global innovation economy."

Dr. Srinivas Veeramasuneni, Vice President of the USG Corporate Innovation Center in Libertyville, accepted the award on behalf of the organization at The Executives' Club Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon, which was attended by leaders in Chicago's business community. Awardees were chosen based on a nomination process and formal application.

For more information about USG Corporation and its innovative products, visit usg.com.