Universal Forest Products, Inc.

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Exhibit 99(a)


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News release


---------------AT THE COMPANY---------------

Lynn Afendoulis

Director, Corporate Communications

(616) 365-1502



Wednesday, July 18, 2018




UFPI posts record second-quarter earnings and sales
- Second quarter marks three years of consecutive quarterly records -


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Wednesday, July 18, 2018 – Universal Forest Products, Inc. (Nasdaq: UFPI) today reported record financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018, the twelfth consecutive quarter in which the company has reported records in both net sales and net earnings.

“The employees of Universal continue to work hard to set records, and I am privileged to announce the results,” stated CEO Matt Missad. The company’s second-quarter results benefited from unit sales growth and a rising lumber market but were adversely impacted by rising costs for transportation and labor.

“Our focus remains on growing unit sales organically and through acquisitions, while enhancing our sales mix of new and value-added products,” Matt added. “Our recently completed acquisition of North American Container Corp. (NACC) will enhance our goal of being the packaging solutions provider and adds non-wood packaging alternatives to our product offering. Additionally, our increased resource allocation to new products and services is paying dividends, as new product sales year-to-date have increased to $262 million from $211 million in 2017. We’ll also continue to focus on margin improvement and improving productivity through automation, including the expanded use of specialized material processing equipment and robotics.”

Recent Acquisition Activity
In early June, Universal closed on its acquisition of North American Container Corp. (NACC), an industrial packaging manufacturer based in Georgia with sales of approximately $71 million in 2017.







The following information was filed by Universal Forest Products Inc (UFPI) on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 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-Q Quarterly Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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