Universal Forest Products Plants Earn FSC Certification

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Universal Forest Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: UFPI) today announced that eight of its plants have met rigorous standards to earn Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody certification.

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Demand for FSC-certified lumber has increased, and we're ensuring we're well-positioned to answer that demand and meet our customer's needs. FSC certification helps us do that

FSC Chain of Custody Certification means the Universal plants meet strict tracking requirements for ensuring the lumber the Company uses in the manufacture of products comes from well-managed forests. The certification was awarded following a third-party review by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), an independent organization accredited by the FSC to certify operations to its standards.

The Universal plants that earned certification are in Ranson, WV; Windsor, CO; Chandler, AZ; San Antonio, TX; New Waverly, TX; Woodburn, OR; Thornton, CA and Riverside, CA.

With the certification, Universal will be better able to provide customers with FSC-certified products, which is a requirement for participating in LEED® and other green building projects.

"Demand for FSC-certified lumber has increased, and we're ensuring we're well-positioned to answer that demand and meet our customer's needs. FSC certification helps us do that," said Vice President of Marketing Dick Gauthier. "FSC certification is a great distinction that will help drive our business, and that illustrates Universal's history of responsible procurement practices."

With a vested interest in a healthy environment in which trees can thrive, Universal's practices and values have carefully considered the environment. In addition, the majority of the lumber it sells is certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®).


Headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI, with approximately 90 facilities throughout North America, Universal Forest Products engineers, manufactures and markets wood and wood-alternative products for DIY retail home centers, structural lumber products for the manufactured housing industry, engineered wood components for the site-built construction market, and specialty wood packaging and components for various industries. The Company also provides framing services for the site-built market, and forms for concrete construction. For 2007, the Company reported sales of more than $2.5 billion. For information about Universal Forest Products, visit http://www.ufpi.com.

Please be aware that: Any statements included in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs of the Company's management as well as on assumptions made by, and information currently available to, the Company at the time such statements were made. The Company does not undertake to update forward-looking statements to reflect facts, circumstances, assumptions or events that occur after the date the forward-looking statements are made. Actual results could differ materially from those included in such forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainty. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking statements are the following: Adverse lumber market trends, competitive activity, negative economic trends, government regulations and weather. Certain of these risk factors and additional information are included in the Company's reports on Form 10-K and 10-Q on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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