Conifex acquires southern US sawmills

Canadian Forest Industries Staff
July 11, 2018
By Canadian Forest Industries Staff
July 11, 2018 - Conifex Timber Inc. announced on Monday that it has completed the acquisition of the Suwannee sawmill in Cross City, Fla., and the Caddo River sawmill in Glenwood, Ark. 

The company also announced that, in connection with the completion of the transaction, Charles P. Miller and George R. Judd have been appointed to the board of directors of Conifex. 

"We are pleased to announce the completion of this transformative transaction, which significantly increases our presence in the U.S. South, a region that is home to some of the fastest growing housing markets in the U.S.," said Ken Shields, Conifex's president and chief executive officer.

"On behalf of Conifex, I'd like to welcome Mr. Miller and Mr. Judd to our board of directors and the employees of the Suwannee and Caddo River mills to the Conifex team," Shields said. "We look forward to working with them all as we continue to execute the company's growth strategy."

Blue Wolf Capital Partners, the private equity firm that previously owned the Suwannee and Caddo River samwills, stated that the two businesses are better positioned for growth and long-term success now that they have been acquired by Conifex.

“I’m proud to say that, under Blue Wolf’s leadership, both Suwannee and Caddo have been transformed into companies with a very bright future, and I look forward to continuing our work together,” said Miller, partner at Blue Wolf.

"As a result of this acquisition, our total annual lumber production capacity has increased by approximately 50 per cent to 1.1 billion board feet and our total annual production capacity in the U.S. South has increased by approximately 200 per cent to 550 million board feet," Shields stated. 

Conifex and its subsidiaries' primary business currently includes timber harvesting, reforestation, forest management, sawmilling logs into lumber and wood chips, and value added lumber finishing and distribution. Conifex's lumber products are sold in the United States, Chinese, Canadian and Japanese markets. Conifex's operations also include bioenergy production following the commencement of commercial operations of its power generation facility at Mackenzie, British Columbia.

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