Wallboard Production Declined During 2000

The Gypsum Association announced that during the calendar year 2000, the 10 United States-based manufacturers of gypsum board, also known as wallboard or drywall, shipped a total of 28.161 billion square feet. This volume represents a 3.2-percent decrease in shipments over the same 12-month period of 1999 when production reached a high-water mark of 29.086 billion square feet.

During the calendar year 2000, the industry continued to enlarge its capacity by building new plants and expanding capacity at existing sites through the construction of new "board lines." The industry capacity on Jan. 1, 2000, was 31.63 billion square feet as measured by the GA.