Company commemorates rich history of innovation with wallboard
product that revolutionized the building industry over the last 100
years and serves today as the industry standard
CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 8, 2017--
USG Corporation (NYSE: USG), an industry leading manufacturer of
building products and innovative solutions, is celebrating the
centennial anniversary of its Sheetrock® brand, developed as the world’s
first wallboard panel 100 years ago and available today with modern
lightweight technology. Since developing Sheetrock® brand gypsum panels
100 years ago, USG has helped revolutionize the way that buildings are
created by setting new industry standards for safety and efficiency.
“From the first simple wallboard panel developed 100 years ago to the
breadth of high-performing panels available today, USG has led the
industry in innovation,” said Jennifer Scanlon, President and CEO of USG
Corporation. “We are thrilled to celebrate a century of excellence and
product leadership. We are proud that USG’s Sheetrock® brand is one of
the world’s most recognized brands.”
USG’s Sheetrock® brand has made a tremendous impact on the construction
industry and is so popular that its portfolio of products are among the
most well-known building supplies around the world. Sheetrock® brand
wallboard has enabled the built environment as we know it today,
allowing buildings to be safer and taller. Wallboard is ubiquitous—it is
found in buildings of all types across North America, including homes,
hospitals, schools, malls and offices. USG continues to manufacture and
sell Sheetrock® brand wallboard, and today’s products reflect the newest
technology, such as improved fire-resistance, lightweight technology,
lower water usage and a reduced carbon footprint.
Wallboard was originally created by USG one hundred years ago by putting
gypsum plaster between two sheets of paper. This invention provided
builders a faster install process, as the long drying time associated
with plaster was eliminated. It also dramatically improved building
safety since the gypsum panel’s water molecules release as steam instead
of catching fire when heated. This natural feature makes gypsum
wallboard an inherently fire-resistant and heat-insulating product. It
was originally sold as small tiles for fireproofing but within a few
years took on the familiar form that is still around today: compressed
gypsum between two sheets of paper.
Since its inception, USG has fostered an innovation culture that
encourages employees to develop ideas and improvements to address
challenges faced by its customers. Researchers at USG’s innovation
center in Libertyville, just outside of its Chicago headquarters, work
on developing the next generation of building products.
The company has nearly 2,000 active United States and international
patents, which is a result of USG’s groundbreaking technologies. These
building solutions enable customers to create sustainable, inspirational
and inviting living spaces that are a part of houses, schools, office
buildings and other structures.
To observe the 100th anniversary of its Sheetrock® brand
wallboard, USG is hosting celebrations across North America with its
employees, dealers, and customers. Limited quantities of commemorative
products celebrating the anniversary will be shared with customers and
USG is proud to have a rich history spanning 115 years. The company’s
beginning was closely linked to the early American building industry and
USG continues its focus on innovation today.
Early 1900s – Approximately 20 gypsum rock and plaster
manufacturing companies merged to consolidate their resources and form
the United States Gypsum Company, which ultimately became USG
Corporation. The company developed its first building products
including an early form of wall panels, made with layers of plaster
and paper and Pyrobar, a gypsum-based, fireproof tile.
1916 – USG invented modern wallboard: a single layer of plaster
and paper that could be joined flush along a wall with a relatively
smooth surface. The first panels were manufactured in Fort Dodge,
Iowa, starting in October.
1917 – USG named its wallboard panels “Sheetrock®.” The name
was suggested as “a strong name for this new product” by a USG sales
1940s – Wallboard such as USG’s Sheetrock® brand panels became
the industry standard during the post-World War II building boom where
builders found that installing wallboard was faster and more
cost-effective due to fewer laborers than plaster.
1952 – USG invented Sheetrock® Brand Firecode Panels, composed
of fire-resistant gypsum core encased in 100 percent recycled
natural-finish face paper.
1960s – USG continued innovating and introduced Sheetrock®
brand panels with improved water- and fire-resistance.
1998 – USG launched an updated Sheetrock® Brand 1/2" Interior
Gypsum Ceiling Panel, which better resists sagging when used on
2010 – USG unveiled Sheetrock® Brand UltraLight Panels,
redesigning drywall to be lighter and stronger, while weighing up to
30 percent less than traditional drywall.
Fact: In the average year, USG manufactures enough Sheetrock®
brand wallboard to reach the moon or circle the equator twelve times.
About USG Corporation
USG Corporation is an industry leading manufacturer of building products
and innovative solutions. Headquartered in Chicago, USG serves
construction markets around the world through its United States Gypsum
Company and USG Interiors, LLC subsidiaries and its international
subsidiaries, including its USG Boral Building Products joint venture.
Its wall, ceiling, flooring, sheathing and roofing products provide the
solutions that enable customers to build the outstanding spaces where
people live, work and play. Its USG Boral Building Products joint
venture is a leading plasterboard and ceilings producer across Asia,
Australasia and the Middle East. For additional information, visit www.usg.com.
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