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What’s happened to the National Gypsum plant?

Merton Vance

National Gypsum shut down its Wilmington plant in January 2009 because of a construction slump that lowered demand for gypsum board the plant manufactured. The shutdown meant about 60 people lost their jobs.

The company still maintains the facility in the hopes that it will return to manufacturing drywall, which is widely used in construction of interior walls.

“We would like to reopen as soon as market conditions allow,” said Nancy Spurlock, director of corporate communications for National Gypsum.

National Gypsum Co., based in Charlotte, is one of the leading gypsum board producers in the world and also makes a line of other interior finishing products.

Gypsum board, or drywall, consists of paper coverings sandwiched with gypsum – calcium sulfate – that is commonly used in construction because of its ease of installation and fire resistance.

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