UFP Industries has announced that its affiliate, PalletOne, Inc., has acquired a 50% equity stake in South Carolina sawmill company, Dempsey Wood Products, LLC. The purchase agreement includes options for PalletOne to purchase the remaining 50% of Dempsey after three years.
Founded in 1988 by Ronald Dempsey, Dempsey Wood Products produces kiln-dried lumber, pallet lumber, and other industrial wood products from a single location in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Dempsey had 2021 sales of $68.9 million, and its management team, including Ronald Dempsey and his son, Parker, will continue in management roles.
The industrial lumber that Dempsey produces is a key product for pallet operations and has been in short supply as larger mills produce less of this type of lumber. PalletOne’s investment in Dempsey helps it secure and grow a critical long-term supply source. In 2021, five of Dempsey’s 10 largest customers were UFP affiliates, and nearly 40 other UFP locations could be served by Dempsey.
“Having supplied UFP companies for many years, we’re proud to join forces and contribute to their future growth plans,” comments Parker Dempsey. “Together we can expand our capacity and industrial offerings. This gives our company and our employees exciting new growth opportunities.”
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