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Western Forest Products to acquire Hampton operation
Western Forest Products Inc. (TSX: WEF) today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Hampton Lumber Mills-Washington, Inc. (“Hampton”) to acquire Hampton’s lumber processing and distribution centre in Arlington, Washington. The purchase price of the transaction is approximately $9 million and is anticipated to close in January 2018. For more, click here...

B.C. forest industries merge
The B.C. Council of Forest Industries (COFI) and the Coast Forest Products Association (CFPA) have announced that they are merging into one organization. The forest industry is one of the largest employers in B.C., creating one in every 17 jobs, and contributing $12.9 billion in GDP to the province. For more, click here...

IFG completes acquisition of Montana stud mill
Idaho Forest Group is pleased to announce the acquisition of Tricon Timber's stud mill in St. Regis, Montana, has been completed. The stud mill will reopen as Idaho Forest Group on Monday, December 4.

Rayonier takes long road to close Tembec deal
Almost six months to the day. That was the time it took for Florida-based Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. to acquire Montreal-based Tembec Inc., a US$900 million transaction that closed Monday. In that deal, Tembec shareholders received $4.75 a share payable in cash, shares or some combination, subject to overall caps of two-thirds cash and one-third stock. For more, click here...

Atlas Engineered Products acquires truss manufacturer
Atlas Engineered Products Ltd. (the "Company" or "Atlas") (TSXVENTURE:AEP), a leading supplier of trusses and engineered wood products, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a letter of intent with Selkirk Truss (2010) Limited ("Selkirk") whereby the Company has agreed to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Selkirk. For more, click here...

IFG acquires Montana stud mill
Idaho Forest Group has agreed to acquire Tricon Timber's stud mill in St. Regis, Montana. The transaction is expected to close by December 1, 2017. According to Erol Deren, Idaho Forest Group V.P. of Sales & Marketing, "The St. Regis sawmill acquisition supports our continued growth and will be an excellent strategic addition to our existing operations in northern Idaho."

Boise Cascade opening new DC in St. Louis
Boise Cascade Company (Boise Cascade) (NYSE: BCC) is pleased to announce the opening of a Building Materials Distribution Center to serve the St. Louis metro and surrounding areas. The new facility in Pontoon Beach, IL, will be open for business on November 15. For more, click here...

CatchMark announces $43 million timberland acquisition
CatchMark Timber Trust, Inc. has acquired 14,923 acres of prime timberlands near the southeast coast of Georgia for $43.3 million, excluding closing costs. The timberlands in Long and McIntosh counties, the Coastal Georgia Acquisition, expand CatchMark's positioning in one of the most competitive wood baskets of the U.S. South, increasing its regional holdings by 36%. For more, click here...

Twin Creeks Timber adds to timberland portfolio
Twin Creeks Timber LLC (“Twin Creeks”), a joint venture originally formed in 2015 in part by Silver Creek Capital Management (“Silver Creek”), today announced that it will add 121,000 acres of timberland to its portfolio. Twin Creeks will purchase 100,000 acres located in the southern U.S. from Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY) and receive a contribution of 21,000 acres located in the Pacific Northwest from Green Diamond Resource Company (“Green Diamond”). Through the addition of these timber assets, Twin Creeks will increase its southern portfolio to 360,000 acres and add the Pacific Northwest to its portfolio. The timberland transactions are expected to close by year-end. For more, click here...

Potlatch nears deal to combine with Deltic Timber in stock swap
Lumber company Potlatch Corp. is nearing an all-stock deal to combine with Deltic Timber Corp., people familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal. Deltic shareholders are to receive 1.8 common shares of Potlatch for each share of Deltic that they own, the people said. Based on Friday’s closing prices, that would amount to a roughly 7% premium for Deltic shareholders. For more, click here...

Roseburg to sell California timberlands
Roseburg Resources Co. announced an agreement to sell its California timberlands to a timberland investment vehicle managed by New Forests. The transaction includes 170,000 acres in northern California, largely in Siskiyou and Shasta counties. The company will retain ownership of its veneer facility located in Weed, Calif. For more, click here...

PalletOne acquires Texas manufacturer
PalletOne, Inc., America's largest new pallet manufacturer, acquired North East Texas Pallet, a pallet manufacturer located in Clarksville, Texas. Organized in 2001 from predecessor companies, PalletOne now operates 17 locations in nine states and manufactures new pallets, repairs and recycles used pallets and produces a variety of other wood products. For more, click here...

LBM Advantage acquisition of IBSA finalized
The merger of IBSA Inc. into LBM ADVANTAGE Inc., approved by the shareholders of each group earlier this year, has been completed as of October 1. The combined Advantage shareholder base bands together $6 billion of retail sales from 585 member companies operating 1,100 locations in 35 states. For more, click here...

Roseburg completes acquisition of timberlands in Southeast
Roseburg Resources Co., Springfield, Ore., is pleased to announce the acquisition of approximately 158,000 acres of investment-grade timberland in the southeastern United States from Forest Investment Associates (FIA), a timberland investment management organization. The timberland is located around Roanoke Rapids, largely within the coastal region of North Carolina and southeastern Virginia, and has a strong history of professional management. The acquisition was completed Sept. 28, 2017. For more, click here...

Binderholz Group acquires Klenk Holz AG
The Austrian binderholz Group, which has its headquarters in Fügen, has reached a binding agreement with The Carlyle Group to acquire the German sawmill and timber processing company Klenk Holz AG based in Oberrot. The purchase agreement was signed today, as announced by both companies. The transaction is expected to be concluded at the start of November 2017, a conclusion dependent on the agreement of the competition authorities. For more, click here...

Wilsonart to acquire KML
Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces announced that it will acquire KML, the Tacoma-based manufacturer of decorative surfaces and panels. According to Vice President, Product Management, Ron Ubertini, this acquisition supports the continued growth of Wilsonart’s Coordinated Surfaces program with expanded capacity for the manufacturing of Thermally Fused Laminate (TFL) panels. For more, click here...

West Fraser acquisition of Gilman completed
West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. announced today that the acquisition of six sawmills and a fingerjoint mill from the Howard Gilman Foundation and other shareholders has been completed.

FEA acquires Wood Markets
Forest Economic Advisors, Littleton, Mass., recently completed the purchase of International Wood Markets Group, Vancouver, B.C. With this acquisition, FEA welcomes Russell Taylor to its team of analysts and adds to its sources of global information, including: its proprietary global cost benchmarking database; the annual Global Softwood Log & Lumber Conference in Vancouver; the China Bulletin Monthly Newsletter; the Wood Markets Monthly International Reports, and several other publications and industry events. For more, click here...

McCoy's buys a new approach to reload
McCoy’s Building Supply, the 86-unit Texas-based lumberyard company, announced today that it recently purchased the former C-R Reload Center, Inc. located in Burnet, Texas. Terms of the deal were not released. C-R Reload had provided reload and lumber storage services for McCoy’s and other Central Texas customers since 2002. Under McCoy’s ownership the facility will operate as MC Reload with a focus on reducing costs and adding distribution efficiencies to McCoy’s Building Supply stores and their customers throughout a large part of McCoy’s network of Texas stores. The facility will also provide reload and storage services to third-party users. For more, click here...

Tembec shareholders approve takeover by Rayonier
Shareholders in Quebec forestry firm Tembec have overwhelmingly endorsed a friendly takeover offer by Rayonier Advanced Materials, a chemical products company based in Florida. About 95% of shareholders who voted were in favour of the deal, valued at C$1.1 billion — well above the two-thirds support required. The agreement, which is subject to regulatory approvals, is expected to close by the end of year. For more, click here...

West Fraser enters agreement to purchase Gilman
West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the operations of the Gilman Companies from the Howard Gilman Foundation and other shareholders for approximately US$430 million, subject to certain post-closing adjustments. The Gilman Companies are comprised of six sawmills and a fingerjoint mill in Florida and Georgia as well as an administrative office in St. Marys, Georgia. The transaction, which is also subject to U.S. regulatory approvals and customary conditions, is anticipated to close in the third quarter of 2017. For more, click here...

Rayonier ups offer for Tembec, wins support of holdouts
Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. has raised its takeover offer for Tembec Inc. to win the support of two of the forestry company's largest shareholders who had threatened to block the friendly deal. Rayonier and Tembec (TSX:TMB) said Oaktree Capital Management LP and Restructuring Capital Associates LP have now agreed to support the takeover. The deal requires support from a two-third majority vote at a shareholder meeting Thursday. For more, click here...

Regulators asked to ensure fair vote on Tembec takeover
For a prospective buyer, Rayonier Advanced Materials, and for a prospective seller, Tembec, July 19 wasn’t a great day. Indeed it’s a continuation of a number of bad days as market participants weighed in on their planned US$807 million transaction, a deal that’s supposed to be put to Tembec’s shareholders at a meeting next week. As for bad news, Tembec’s two largest shareholders — Oaktree Capital Management and Restructuring Capital Associates, which between them own about 37% — have said they won’t support the transaction which requires backing from two-thirds of shareholders. For more, click here...

Rayonier reaffirms commitment to acquire Tembec
Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. (the “Company” or “Rayonier Advanced Materials”) (NYSE: RYAM) today reaffirmed its commitment to acquire Tembec Inc. (“Tembec”) (TSX: TMB) on the terms previously agreed with Tembec. The Company believes that the previously announced arrangement consideration of C$4.05 in cash or 0.2302 of a share of Rayonier Advanced Materials common stock per Tembec common share—which is subject to proration so that approximately 63% of the aggregate consideration is paid in cash and 37% is paid in Rayonier Advanced Materials stock—provides compelling value to Tembec shareholders. The Company does not intend to increase the consideration offered to Tembec shareholders. For more, click here...

Weston Forest acquires Great Northern Lumber of Michigan
Steve Rhone, President, has announced that Weston Forest, Mississauga, Ont., has acquired the assets of Great Northern Lumber of Michigan, LLC, and will be operating the facility as Northern Industrial Woods Inc. The two companies have had a long-standing relationship, and Great Northern extends the reach of Weston's remanufacturing capabilities.

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