A History of Gypsum Express, Ltd.
By Steve Pollock
John Wight grew up in Oswego, New York, the son of a chicken farmer. His father owned Wight’s White Eggs. He taught John to “give value to your customers and they will come back for more.”
In 1976 John Wight opened Gypsum Wholesale, a building supply business in Syracuse, New York with a single pickup truck and trailer. In 1978 John established Gypsum Express and in 1985 incorporated, becoming Gypsum Express, Ltd. The company expanded to a new location in nearby Baldwinsville, New York in 1992, where they operated from a larger office and terminal facility.
The corporate headquarters were built in 1998 in the Radisson Industrial Park in Baldwinsville. Also in 1998 terminals were added in Jacksonville, FL and Kouts, IN. A new Indiana terminal was established in 2005 in Demotte, IN, as well as additional terminals in Silvergrove, KY; Bridgeport, AL; and Aliquippa, PA. 2007 was also a year of growth as Gypsum Express added a maintenance facility in Baldwinsville, a larger terminal in Jacksonville and moved the Silvergrove, KY terminal to Carrollton, KY. Additional terminals were also added in subsequent years in Shadyside, OH; Savannah, GA; Shoals, IN; and Fairless Hills, PA.