The Gypsum Files

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The ups and downs of gypsum

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This is a chart I put together using data on new residential construction from the US Census website and data on gypsum consumption from the US Geological Survey. There’s nothing scientific or statistically sophisticated about this chart, but I think it does give you an idea of how closely the fortunes of the gypsum industry follow the housing market (pdf). You can see the most recent housing boom-and-bust cycle, beginning in 1991 and peaking in 2005, alongside the growth and peak of gypsum consumption. After 14 years of growth, both lines bottom out four years later in 2009.

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Written by Elizabeth McCullough

April 17, 2014 at 8:00 am

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