Interfor to Acquire Arkansas Sawmill
Interfor Corporation (TSX: IFP) announced today that it has reached an agreement with The Price Companies, Inc. to acquire Price’s sawmill in Monticello, Arkansas.
The Monticello Sawmill is located in Southern Arkansas, approximately 90 miles southeast of Little Rock.
For the last 12 months ended March 31, 2015, the Monticello Sawmill produced approximately 75 million board feet of lumber. In addition, the mill has a number of operational and capital investment initiatives underway, including the construction of a continuous dry kiln that is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2015. These initiatives should increase the mill’s near-term production to more than 100 million board feet per year1 and provide for drying capacity of approximately 150 million board feet per year.1
As a result of this transaction, Interfor’s total annual lumber capacity will increase to 3.2 billion board feet, reinforcing its position as the fastest growing lumber company in the world. The Company’s lumber capacity in the US Southeast will total 1.3 billion board feet, representing more than 40% of the Company’s total pro forma capacity.
“This transaction is another illustration of our strategy to grow in regions with strong timber baskets and access to important lumber markets,” said Duncan Davies, Interfor’s President and CEO. “The Monticello Sawmill fits these criteria, as well as having significant upside from initiatives that are underway and on the drawing board.”