The German parent company of an Atlanta building materials maker posted nearly 10 percent growth to $1.8 billion in sales during fiscal year 2008.

Xella International saw positive growth in all three of its business segments during a time when the worldwide construction industry at large struggled, according to a company press release.

Its business segments are building materials, dry lining systems and raw materials.

The company’s U.S. subsidiary, Xella Aircrete North America, makes energy-efficient and environmentally friendly aerated concrete and calcium silicate blocks at a manufacturing facility in Adel, a city about 200 miles south of Atlanta.

The blocks are made from all naturally occurring materials and are manufactured without producing any polluting waste.  The manufacturing process produces hardened blocks filled with tiny air bubbles that provide a high level of thermal insulation and fire protection, according to the company’s Web site. 

As environmental consciousness has risen, a worldwide trend toward the use of more energy-efficient building materials has worked in Xella’s favor, contributing to increased sales in the building materials segment to $1.3 billion, $100 million more than in fiscal year 2007.

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