12 May

Georgia-Pacific was founded in 1927 by Owen Robertson Cheatham in Augusta, Georgia as the Georgia Hardwood Lumber Co. Over the years it expanded, adding sawmills and plywood lumber mills. The company acquired its first West Coast facility in 1947 and changed its name to Georgia-Pacific Plywood & Lumber Co. in 1948. In 1956, the company again changed its name, this time to Georgia-Pacific Corp. In 1957 the company entered the pulp and paper business by building a kraft pulp and linerboard mill at Toledo, Oregon. The company continued to make a series of acquisitions, including US Plywood in 1987, Great Northern Nekoosa in 1990, and the Fort James Corporation in 2000. The Fort James Corporation was the result of a series of mergers of enterprises that included the Fort Howard Corporation, the James River Corporation and Crown-Zellerbach. In August 2001, Georgia-Pacific completed the sale of four uncoated paper mills and their associated businesses and assets to Canadian papermaker Domtar for US$1.65 billion.

It was announced on November 13, 2005 that Georgia-Pacific would be acquired by Koch Industries. On December 23, 2005, Koch Industries finalized the $21 billion acquisition of Georgia-Pacific. Georgia-Pacific was removed from the NYSE (it had traded under the symbol GP) and shareholders surrendered their shares for about $48 per share.

Georgia Pacific manufactures ToughRock® gypsum boards, which includes paper-faced gypsum panels for a variety of applications including interior walls, floors and ceiling applications, Type X drywall boards, abuse-resistant boards, veneer plaster base systems, and panels for use in fire-rated assemblies.

Georgia-Pacific Gypsum supports sustainable production of gypsum wallboard by using reclaimed gypsum, recycled plant waste, recycled paper, and clean fuels. The company recycles enough wallboard annually to build over 50,000 homes.

The company’s commitment to the responsible use of natural resources influences the entire process of manufacturing gypsum wallboard. The company also manufactures synthetic gypsum wallboard using the output of the Flue Gas Desulphurization (FGD). It should also be recognized that their energy-efficient plants convert process waste heat into useable energy.


National Gypsum Company

12 May

National Gypsum Company was founded in 1925 by Melvin H. Baker, Joseph F. Haggerty, and Clarence E. Williams, and has grown to be one of the seven largest gypsum board producers in the world which hold approximately 81% of the worldwide wallboard market (Georgia Pacific, Knauf, Lafarge, National Gypsum, Saint-Gobain, U.S. Gypsum and Yoshino Gypsum Co., Ltd). Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, National Gypsum company is a full-line supplier, recognized in the industry for customer service and product quality.

Gypsum board is the company’s primary product, and National Gypsum is the second largest producer in the United States. The company has 17 operating gypsum board plant locations strategically located near metropolitan areas. National Gypsum’s gypsum board is marketed under the Gold Bond® BRAND.

Subsidiary National Gypsum (Canada) Ltd. operates the largest open-pit gypsum mine in the world in Milford Station Nova Scotia. This mine is currently producing approximately 8000 tons of gypsum, which is a very soft sulfate mineral composed of calcium sulfate dihydrate, daily (during full production it is capable of producing over 15,000 tons per day), most of which is moved by railroad approximately 30 miles to a ship loading facility at Wright’s Cove, on the Dartmouth side of Halifax Harbour.

National Gypsum has six plants producing interior finishing products under the ProForm® BRAND. The primary product is joint compound which you may hear called “ready mix” or “drywall mud”.

Cement board, marketed under the PermaBase® BRAND, is the company’s third business line. Cement board is produced in four plants, and is used primarily as an underlayment for tile walls, floors and countertops.

United States Gypsum Company

12 May

United States Gypsum Company was incorporated on December 27, 1901, and is a subsidiary of USG Corporation. The company was formed by consolidating 30 various gypsum and plaster companies. This resulted in forming the first nationwide gypsum company in the United States.

For more than a century, Chicago-based USG has been a leader in producing innovative products and systems to build the environments in which we live, work and play.  As the inventor of wallboard and mineral wool ceiling tile, USG helped create North America’s building materials industry.  USG products are used in everything from major commercial developments and residential housing to simple home improvements.  Their flagship brands include SHEETROCK® Brand gypsum panels and DUROCK® cement board, which are recognized around the world.

The company is the largest distributor of wallboard in the United States and the largest manufacturer of gypsum products in North America. The company produces the popular SHEETROCK gypsum wallboard as well as the FIBEROCK Brand Panels and SECUROCK Brand Roof Board. In 2008, the company had net sales of $4.416 billion. The company operates 21 gypsum board plants in the United States and has 14 gypsum mines and quarries in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To transport gypsum rock from various quarries, the company actually owns and operates a fleet of oceangoing cargo ships based in Bermuda.

In 1999, a record 25 USG plants exceeded 1,000,000 safe hours, and 39 plants worked 1,000 days without a lost workday. In the 75-year history of the safety sentinel program, USG has been awarded the MSHA‘s “Sentinels of Safety” award 15 times – more than any other company. The company also operates seven paper mills that produce high-grade wallboard paper from 100% recycled paper.

USG, through its subsidiary L&W Supply Corporation, is also the nation’s largest distributor of drywall and related building products.  L&W serves the professional contractor through a network of more than 150 locations and strives to be their preferred source for all quality products and services they need to complete their projects on time and on budget.

In its October 2004 issue, Chicago magazine named USG as one of the 25 best companies to work for in the Chicago metropolitan area.

In 2006, Fortune magazine ranked USG #1 in the most admired companies in the building materials, glass industry with an overall score of 7.25.

Dry Wall Manufacturing Companies

12 May

Within the gypsum industry there are several key companies whose drywall products we use daily. Here is some additional information on each:

United States Gypsum Company
P.O. Box 6721
Chicago, IL
(312) 436-6098

National Gypsum Company
2001 Rexford Road
Charlotte, North Carolina 28211
Phone: 704-365-7300

Georgia-Pacific Building Products
133 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 652-4000

Trim-Tex Drywall Products
3700 W. Pratt Ave.
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
Tel: (800) 874-2333

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30 Apr

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