Exhibit 99(a)
News release
—AT THE COMPANY—
Lynn Afendoulis
Director, Corporate Communications
(616) 365-1502
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 8, 2010
UFPI reports 2009 net earnings of $24.3 million compared to $4.3 million in 2008
Company positioned for new growth and profitability with strongest balance sheet in the industry
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Mon., Feb. 8, 2010 — Universal Forest Products, Inc. (Nasdaq: UFPI) today announced 2009 results including annual net earnings of $24.3 million, or $1.25 per diluted share, on net sales of $1.7 billion, compared to annual net earnings of $4.3 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, on net sales of $2.2 billion for 2008. For the fourth quarter of 2009, the Company posted a net loss of $663,000, or ($0.03) per diluted share, on net sales of $338.6 million. That compares to a 2008 fourth-quarter loss of $793,000, or ($0.04) per diluted share, on net sales of $423.7 million.
“The people of this company demonstrated their collective spirit by working hard to create profitability despite a drop in sales, and to create success under trying conditions,” said CEO Michael B. Glenn. “We continue to eliminate waste and to focus on critical basics like inventory and receivables—which have proven to be the right strategies for fragile times.
“We will maintain a keen eye on those strategies in 2010, and will add an intense focus on sales growth during the year,” he added. “Although we expect 2010 to be challenging, we’ve laid the groundwork to achieve new and sustainable growth in the future, and we’re already seeing results.”
Glenn noted that the Company’s balanced business model “allowed us to discover new paths to success” within its four markets, and that he also expects steady growth in the Company’s traditional business.
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The following information was filed by Universal Forest Products Inc (UFPI) on Monday, February 8, 2010 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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