Sto Corp.announced that the company’s prefabrication division, StoPanel Technology, is now partnered with Swisspearl, the inventors of fiber cement panels. The two companies have teamed up to offer a continuous insulation system that uniquely combines the convenience and cost-effectiveness of offsite panel manufacturing with the look and feel of an innovative, contemporary aesthetic. The inclusion of Swisspearl in the StoPanel line-up of prefabricated panel options provides owners and design professionals with a wide range of attractive fiber cement panel and color options along with the benefits provided when using a cladding that offers a rainscreen design. 
Based on input from architects, designers, crafts-people and building material suppliers, StoPanel Swisspearl ci is ASTME E-136 compliant, non-combustible and virtually maintenance free. The panels are light weight and meet the building code for continuous insulation and air and moisture barriers. The broad range of looks for the cladding have the potential to make any building design distinctive.
“We are excited to have Swisspearl as a cladding partner within our StoPanel Technology program,” declared Tim Salerno, director of StoPanel. “We see Swisspearl as a global leader in the fiber cement panel market and their attention to detail, aesthetic versatility, and quality are what Sto looks for when introducing a new StoPanel type to the market and to our network of affiliates.  We also view Swisspearl as a like-minded company with values that are similar to Sto’s and a culture that focuses on its people and the built environment.”     
According to Harry Harisberger, Swisspearl’s country manager for the USA and Canada, it was StoPanel Technology’s long-term success as a high-quality manufacturer of next-generation products combined with its network of independently-owned panelization affiliates across North America that attracted the Switzerland-based partner. “The StoPanel affiliates provide local knowledge, craftsmanship, and experience in every major construction market across the U.S. and the network perfectly matches Swisspearl core values,” Harisberger said. “We look forward to combining great products, resources, and knowledge in order to provide owners, architects and designers the next step in creating innovative building envelopes for tomorrow’s buildings today.”