International Forest Products Limited (Interfor) recently announced it has completed the acquisition of the sawmill operations from Keadle Lumber Enterprises, Inc. of Thomaston, Georgia.

The Keadle mill currently operates on one shift. Over the course of the next year, Interfor plans to invest in additional kilns that will increase the mill’s operating capacity to more than 160 million board feet. The total investment including the acquisition cost and capital for the additional kilns is approximately US$45 million, excluding working capital.

“This acquisition is part of Interfor’s strategy to grow our presence in the U.S. Southeast and reinforces our position as one of the world’s largest and most diverse lumber companies,” said Duncan Davies, Interfor President & CEO. “Keadle’s 75 employees have joined Interfor, and will work with us as we continue to build value for our customers, shareholders and other stakeholders.”

When combined with the Rayonier mills purchased earlier this year, Interfor will have total annual lumber capacity of over 520 million board feet in the U.S. Southeast, representing approximately 23% of the company’s total capacity.

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