© Ashley Thompson
USG Corporation announced the closure of its operations in Hantsport and West Hants in 2011, citing a prolonged decline in the demand for wallboard in the United States as the primary reason for the closure.
A recent order for gypsum produced in Hantsport won’t be enough to give rise to the rebirth of Fundy Gypsum.
Bob Williams, spokesperson for Fundy Gypsum’s Chicago-based parent company USG Corporation, confirmed that an order has been placed for some of the residual gypsum stored at the idled facility in Hantsport.
“Some of the raw material there that was produced by the plant has been purchased by a company in Ohio,” he said.
Workers withHarold Newell and Son Trucking Ltd. of Barrington have been observed bagging gypsum inside the large storage shed near Hantsport’s Foundry Road this summer.
The Barrington company was hired to move 12,000 to 14,000 tons of gypsum bound forDrierite Corp. in Xenia, Ohio.
Other than that, Williams said there are no significant developments relating to the gypsum plants in West Hants and Hantsport. Both sites still have small crews on hand for maintenance, and Williams does not foresee that changing any time soon.
“There’s a care and maintenance agreement in place that we’re undertaking and implementing,” he said.
The agreement is good until 2021.
USG announced the closure of its operations in Hantsport and West Hants 2011, citing a prolonged decline in the demand for wallboard in the United States as the primary reason for the closure.