Since 1930, the year the Gypsum Association began collecting industry statistics, the demand for gypsum board in the United States has increased 6,000 percent. Today, more than 25 billion square-feet of gypsum panel products are shipped each year in the United States and Canada.
To put that quantity in perspective, consider this: If the yearly production of gypsum panels was placed end-to-end, it would circle the earth’s equator nearly 40 times.
Rising demand for gypsum board can be attributed to its versatility as a building material, the growth of home ownership in North America, and a steady increase in non-residential construction.
The gypsum board industry’s contribution to the economies of the United States and Canada are illustrated by the following facts and figures:
- The United States is the world’s largest producer of gypsum board.
- U.S. manufacturers shipped just over 24.5 billion square feet of gypsum board in 2017, reflecting year-over-year increases since 2010.
- More than 97 percent of structures constructed in the United States require gypsum board in construction.
- In every U.S. state, the gypsum industry directly supports thousands of manufacturing jobs—and thousands more in sales, shipping, delivery, and construction. The economic impact of a single gypsum plant is significant.