Meet the Gypsum Association

July 4, 2017

Sometimes as a manufacturer, you have to think beyond your product. Actually, if you are good at what you do, you think about the people who use your products and the materials that are compatible with your products every day. One such material for us is gypsum wallboard, and the group leading the charge for all things gypsum is the Gypsum Association (GA).

Established in 1930, the association represents the interests of gypsum board manufacturers in the United States and Canada. Why do we care about the GA and gypsum, also known as drywall? Gypsum board is the premier building material for wall, ceiling, and partition systems in residential and commercial structures. Our curved metal framing and gypsum are constantly used together. Gypsum board is known for its strong fire resistance, sound control, affordability, versatility, quality and convenience.

“Gypsum panel products are ubiquitous in construction,” says Stephen H. Meima, GA’s executive director. “With more than 97 percent of structures—everything from homes and schools to office buildings and hospitals—requiring the use of gypsum wallboard for code compliance, gypsum is a real work horse for the design and construction industry.”

As a framer, you know gypsum board. Its use has increased 6,000 percent since 1930, when GA began collecting industry statistics. Today, more than 21 billion square feet of gypsum board is shipped each year in the United States and Canada.

This blogs serves as your introduction to the GA. We will be welcoming the group back for future blogs where they will talk about GA-226-2016, Application of Wallboard to Form Curved Surface; fire resistance ratings of curved walls; sound control in curved wall systems; and other topics. Many people take wallboard for granted, the people at the GA tell us, and that’s okay.

“We are proud that our member companies consistently produce a product that provides necessary fire resistance, is easily installed, and provides a smooth, readily finished surface,” Meima says.

Pointing to member companies’ constant innovation, GA staff counter that drywall may be taken for granted, but it isn’t boring. “Drywall isn’t dry at all,” they say—a little gypsum humor. So we hope you tune in for future blogs with contributions from the GA.

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