BOISE, Idaho – Boise Cascade Company (Boise Cascade) announced last week that it has completed the acquisition of Georgia-Pacific LLC’s engineered lumber production facilities located at Thorsby, Alabama and Roxboro, North Carolina for $215 million including closing date estimated working capital of $25 million which is subject to final adjustment. The Company used $90 million of its cash and $130 million in new borrowing to pay for the transaction and closing-related expenses.
“We are pleased to welcome the 270 employees at Thorsby and Roxboro, along with the commercial sales team supporting those facilities, to the Boise Cascade family,” commented Tom Corrick, CEO of Boise Cascade. “The acquired engineered lumber capacity fits well into our current production facilities and will help us optimize production across our entire system and expedite delivery to our customers across the southeastern United States. With this acquisition, we will have engineered lumber facilities strategically placed throughout our North American markets and be able to provide product to our customers as the housing market continues to recover.” Boise Cascade currently has engineered lumber (also called engineered wood products) facilities in White City, Oregon; Alexandria, Louisiana; and St. Jacques, New Brunswick, Canada.
The Thorsby facility produces laminated veneer lumber (LVL) while the Roxboro facility currently produces I-joists. Roxboro’s LVL production assets are currently idled. Boise Cascade expects to invest capital and hire additional employees to increase production at these mills in 2016 and beyond to obtain significant logistics benefits as well as to meet expected growth in new residential construction. The Company believes the addition of Thorsby and Roxboro will increase LVL billet capacity by 9 million cubic feet and I-joist capacity by 80 million lineal feet and expects the acquisition to add approximately $40 million to the company’s mid-cycle EBITDA.