Metrie, North America’s largest manufacturer and distributor of MDF millwork solutions, has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Chino, Ca.-based EL & EL Wood Products Corp., the premier two-step distributor of moulding, millwork, and door products across the Southwest US.
“Metrie is growing,” noted Kent Bowie, president and CEO. “As a company we are committed to bringing the best experience in the industry to our valued partners. However, until today’s announcement, we had a relatively small distribution footprint in California, the fifth largest economy in the world. This acquisition strengthens our efforts to provide the Millwork industry with innovative solutions and will solidify our leadership position for customers across all North American markets. Importantly, Metrie and EL & EL share similar values and approaches to our service offering. We are both family-owned and have been nurturing our customer partnerships for generations with a long-term view to success. Excellence is at the heart of both companies’ brands, and we will continue to cultivate that service excellence, alongside the California team.
“This transaction is the perfect one for the EL & EL team,” said EL & EL president and chairwoman Cathy Wong. “We have been family-owned for more than 50 years, and we want to ensure the excellence of operations and customer service, for which EL & EL is rightly proud, continues long into the future. It is time for me to pass the baton forward. We know that Metrie will take great care of that service promise and continue to grow the business and the relationships with our customers across the Southwest.”
Based in Vancouver, B.C., Metrie operates six solid wood and MDF manufacturing facilities, plus 24 distribution centers in the U.S. and Canada.