8 Surprising Things Manufactured In Jax

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Jacksonville's manufacturing scene is a Florida anomaly. Here's a list a few products being produced locally that you may find surprising.



8. US Gypsum Company



The product gypsum dates back to the 1890s, when a method was finely perfected that a retarded plaster mixture. This made it a viable competitor to line plaster. Plus, it was fairly easy to make and much cheaper at the time. In 1901, 30 different gypsum plaster companies decided to merge, forming what we know as the United States Gypsum Company. This company was the first of its kind in the U.S.

The USG Company today manufactures construction materials, drywall, and joint compounds. They are the largest distributor of wallboard in the U.S., as well as the largest manufacturer of gypsum products. Some of their most significant brands include: SHEETROCK, FIBEROCK, and Tuff Hide.

USG's Jacksonville plant is located along the St. Johns River in Panama Park and dates back to 1939. It's one of the company's larger facilities, covering 42.8 acres of land, producing more than 23 million sheets of wallboard annually. The 700,000 square foot industrial complex includes a paper mill designed to manufacture a full line of chipboard papers utilized exclusively for the company’s gypsum products. USG's complex also serves as a distribution center for their DUROCK brand cement board, FIBEROCK brand gypsum fiber panels, wallboard accessories and dry setting-type compounds. Products made in Jacksonville are shipped nationally as well as internationally to Central and South America.

USG Company can be found at 6825 Evergreen Avenue.



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Article by Kristen Pickrell.

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