National Gypsum Company will reopen its manufacturing plant, which was idled in 2009 after a 30-year run. National Gypsum is a manufacturer of drywall boards, and it was adversely affected during the construction slowdown. The company has already pulled its management team and engineers together to discuss how to get the plant operational by the end of the year. Lance Davis, from the company’s Long Beach, California plant, will be plant manager, and operators and supervisors are now being hired and trained. Over the next five years, management expects to spend $25 million upgrading and replacing manufacturing equipment; they will also oversee construction of a rail spur. CEO Tom Nelson thanked Wilmington Business Development, the New Hanover County Commission, Wilmington City Council, the N.C. Railroad Company, the N.C. Department of Transportation, the Port of Wilmington, and Duke Energy for making the reopening possible. The city has promised National Gypsum up to $230,000, and the county has promised $350,000 in economic development incentives.