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Canfor Southern Pine agreed to purchase Domtar's Resolute El Dorado lumber mill

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Canfor Corp. has entered into a purchase agreement with Resolute El Dorado Inc., an affiliate of Domtar Corp., to acquire its El Dorado lumber manufacturing facility in Union County, Ar. 

The $73-million acquisition, including working capital, will create synergies and vertical integration opportunities given its complementary geographic fit with Canfor’s existing operations in the region.

The facility, which is close to key end-markets, produces dimensional lumber and specialty wood products. Its integration will capitalize on the company’s regional manufacturing footprint to optimize product portfolio and maximize value. Leveraging Canfor’s experience and expertise, and with an anticipated further $50 million in planned upgrades, production capacity is expected to increase to 175 million bd. ft. per year.

“The El Dorado mill is an important part of the regional forest ecosystem. Together with Canfor’s adjacent El Dorado laminating plant and nearby Urbana plant, this acquisition aligns with our growth-focused strategy in areas with access to high-quality globally competitive timber supply,” said Lee Goodloe, president, Canfor Southern Pine. “The talented team at the mill is one of the many reasons that we pursued this opportunity, and we look forward to welcoming them to the Canfor team.”

The history of Canfor’s operations in Arkansas date back to 1916 through a legacy of operations which began with the Anthony Forest Products Co., acquired by Canfor in 2015. “We look forward to continued success in Union County as we expand on our local engagement and strengthen our relationships with the community, and all of the El Dorado mill’s valued partners, customers and suppliers,” continued Goodloe.

The transaction is expected to close over the next several months and is subject to customary closing conditions.