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Optimism for Company and future leads UFPI Board to approve five percent increase in annual dividend

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

Lynn Afendoulis

Director, Corporate Communications

(616) 365-1502


THURSDAY, OCT. 17, 2013

Optimism for Company and future leads UFPI Board to approve five percent increase in annual dividend

-Approves December 2013 dividend of $0.21 per share-

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., October 17, 2013 - Universal Forest Products, Inc. (UFPI) today announced that, at their October 16, 2013, meeting, the Board of Directors approved a five percent increase to the annual dividend, as well as a semiannual dividend payment of $0.21 per share. The dividend is payable on December 15, 2013, to shareholders of record on December 1, 2013.

"With this dividend increase, we underscore our optimism for our company and our future, and our gratitude for those who have helped us achieve success-our shareholders," said UFPI Chairman William G. Currie. "We are honored to reward those who are critical to our company and our future with this dividend, and hope this increase lets everyone know that this Company is on solid footing and doing all the right things to create success."



Universal Forest Products, Inc. is a holding company that provides capital, management and administrative resources to subsidiaries that design, manufacture and market wood and wood-alternative products for building materials retailers and wholesalers, structural lumber and other products for the manufactured housing and residential construction markets, and specialty wood packaging and components and packing materials for various industries. It has subsidiaries that provide framing services for the residential construction market in some parts of the country; that manufacture and market products used for concrete construction; and that offer lawn and garden products, such as trellises and arches, to retailers nationwide. Its consumer products operations offer a large portfolio of outdoor living products, including wood composite decking, decorative balusters, post caps and plastic lattice. Founded in 1955, Universal Forest Products is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich. Its subsidiaries operate facilities throughout North America. For more about Universal, go to www.ufpi.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act, as amended, that are based on management`s beliefs, assumptions, current expectations, estimates and projections about the markets we serve, the economy and the Company itself. Words like "anticipates," "believes," "confident," "estimates," "expects," "forecasts," "likely," "plans," "projects," "should," variations of such words, and similar expressions identify such forward-looking statements. These statements do not guarantee future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict with regard to timing, extent, likelihood and degree of occurrence. The Company does not undertake to update forward-looking statements to reflect facts, circumstances, events, or assumptions 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: fluctuations in the price of lumber; adverse or unusual weather conditions; adverse economic conditions in the markets we serve; government regulations, particularly involving environmental and safety regulations; and our ability to make successful business acquisitions. Certain of these risk factors as well as other 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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