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UNITED STATES GYPSUM COMPANY TO BUILD NEW JOINT COMPOUND FACILITY AT GALENA PARK, TEXAS, PLANT

CHICAGO, March 8 /PRNewswire/ -- United States Gypsum Company today announced that it will build a facility to manufacture ready-mixed joint compounds at its wallboard plant in Galena Park, Texas. The state-of- the-art facility will serve the growing Houston market as well as the southern Texas cities of Austin, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Laredo and San Antonio.

Joint compounds are used with drywall joint tape and other products to finish wallboard walls in new construction and remodeling. U.S. Gypsum Company is the nation's largest producer of joint compounds and wallboard.

The new plant will enable U.S. Gypsum to meet increasing demand in Texas, provide faster service to customers, offer its joint compounds at a competitive price, and increase its sales and market share.

The fully automated production facility will be housed in a new building on U.S. Gypsum's Galena Park property. The line will begin full operation before the end of 1996 and will add 15 jobs at Galena Park. The wallboard plant currently employs about 165 people.

"This new facility demonstrates U.S. Gypsum's commitment to its Texas customers and presents a great opportunity for our company," said Donald E. Roller, group vice president, North American Gypsum, USG Corporation (NYSE: USG), and president and chief executive officer, U.S. Gypsum. "Houston is the fourth-largest city in the U.S. and is ranked second in projected job growth over the next 10 years."

U.S. Gypsum currently serves southern Texas from the company's Dallas joint compound plant. Said Roller, "We will continue to provide area customers with the same, high-quality, reliable products that are currently produced in Dallas."

In addition to manufacturing ready-mixed joint compounds and wallboard, the Galena Park plant will stock a variety of other products, including powder joint compounds, textures, drywall joint tape and DUROCK multipurpose cement board. Customers will be able to combine orders for all of these products and receive them on one truck.

United States Gypsum Company is a subsidiary of USG Corporation, a Fortune 500 company. In addition to wallboard and joint compounds, it manufactures cement board, joint tape, exterior finish systems and other building products.
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/CONTACT: Linda M. Novak, corporate communications manager of USG Corporate Communications Department, 312-606-4124/

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