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Drywall & Insulation Contractors – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 1742  |  NAICS 238310

The following guide to industry research and analysis provides sources for industry statistics, trends, and forecasts, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Drywall Contractors  (view report)
Insulation Contractors  (view report)
Comprehensive industry research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample industry research reports and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

BNP Media / AWCI
Walls & Ceilings / Construction Dimensions /

Monthly trade magazines feature news and information for wall and ceiling contractors, with topics covered in various issues of these publications including business operations, construction trends, project management, jobsite safety, personnel, technology updates, company and project profiles, and new products. Selected articles and digital editions of these publications are available online.

Gypsum Association
Industry statistics available from this organization include:

Annual Capacity / Shipment Summary
Annual statistical report provides historical trend data for gypsum board shipments from U.S. and Canadian manufacturers in terms of billions of square feet of product, and production capacities for each country in terms of billions of square feet of product, number of manufacturers, and number of plants. Sample report which includes an explanation of report content and data is available online.

Activity by Geographic Area and Product Type by Year
Annual report provides historical trend data for manufacturer shipments and final destination sales by geographic region and product category, with product categories covered including veneer base, gypsum sheathing boards and panels, regular and type X gypsum board, liner panel, mobile home board, and pre-decorated wallboard. Sample data for selected timeframes is available free online.

Catalina Research
Gypsum Products

Catalina First Look research report provides historical and forecast data for U.S. gypsum product sales, pricing trends, demand factors, end-use market purchases, and imports and exports, with product lines covered in the report including gypsum board (i.e., drywall, wallboard, plasterboard and sheetrock), building plaster, plaster moldings, and architectural and ornamental plaster work.

Freedonia Group
Research reports available from this organization include:

Drywall and Building Plaster
Market research study provides a detailed analysis of the market for this product sector, with data provided including historical demand and forecasts by product type (e.g., gypsum board, building plaster), market (e.g., residential, commercial), global geographic region, and for selected major countries. Summary description of the study and detailed table of contents are available online.

Comprehensive report analyzes U.S. demand for insulation products, with information provided in the report including historical demand and forecasts by product type (e.g., fiberglass, plastic foam, cellulose, mineral wool, radiant barrier, and reflective insulation), market segment (e.g., residential buildings, nonresidential buildings, and HVAC and industrial equipment), and geographic region.

National Insulation Association
Insulation Outlook

Monthly trade association publication features news and information for industrial and commercial professionals, with special features including "The State of the Industry" report (March/April issue) which explores topics of interest requested by its members and also includes economic, political, and industry forecasts. Selected feature articles from current and prior issues are available online.

GIA Research

Comprehensive research report provides in-depth analysis of the market for this product sector, with data provided including historical and forecast U.S. sales by product segment (e.g., foamed plastics, fiberglass, mineral wool, and other products) and manufacturers profiled including CertainTeed Corp., Dow Chemical Company, Johns Manville, Knauf, Owens Corning, and Rock Wool Manufacturing Co.

TMR Research

Market research report provides a detailed analysis and forecast for this product sector on a global and regional basis, with products covered in the report including fiberglass, foam, mineral wool, and other insulating materials (e.g., slag wool, cotton wool, etc.), and market segments addressed in the report including residential construction, commercial construction, and industrial, HVAC, and OEM.

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Drywall, Insulation, and Plaster Work Contractors  Search for "238310" to see available reports

Market analysis reports provide industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

BizMiner Industry Financial Ratios
Drywall, Insulation, and Plaster Work Contractors  Search for "238310" to see available reports
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample financial ratio analysis can be viewed free online.

IBISWorld Research Reports
Drywall / Insulation Contractors
(see links for individual reports)

Financial benchmarking section of these reports provides an analysis of industry profit and expenses as a percentage of revenue by major category (e.g., purchases, wages, depreciation, marketing, rent, utilities, other costs, and earnings before interest and taxes) for the most recent year and line graphs indicating trends for each category over the past five years. Sample report can be viewed free online.

Compensation and Salary Surveys

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Drywall and Insulation Contractors

Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data for personnel employed by firms in this construction sector on a national, state, and metropolitan area basis, with job categories covered in the survey including drywall and acoustic ceiling tile installers; tapers and finishers; plasters and stucco masons; floor, wall, and ceiling insulation workers; and mechanical insulation workers.

PayScale, Inc.
Drywall Contractors

Free online service provides median salary and hourly wage data for selected job positions, such as project manager, construction estimator, drywall or ceiling tile installer, and drywall finisher for firms that drywall interior walls and ceilings, lath and plaster walls and ceilings and apply ornamental or decorative plaster finishes, and install acoustic ceiling tiles in residential and commercial buildings.

BV Guides and Databases

Private company sales transaction data for over 900 industries.

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