DAILY NEWS Mar 11, 2014 12:32 PM - 0 comments

West Fraser buys Travis Lumber Company

The purchase of the Arkansas-based firm will complement West Fraser's operations in the southeastern U.S.

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VANCOUVER, B.C.—West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd., is increasing its presence in the southern U.S. through the acquisition of a sawmill and lumber manufacturing operations in Arkansas.

The company announced Friday it has bought Travis Lumber Company’s facility in Mansfield, Ark., which was founded in 1988 and produced more than 100 million board feet of lumber in 2013.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We are delighted with this growth opportunity in the U.S. South and we welcome our new employees into the West Fraser organization,” said Ted Seraphim, West Fraser’s president and CEO.

West Fraser, which already owns two sawmills in the state—in Huttig and Leola—plans to bolster the plant’s capacity to about 150 million board feet.

Overall, the firm has about 15 facilities in the U.S. southeast and over 25—including sales offices—in Canada.

West Fraser produces lumber, wood chips, LVL, MDF, plywood, pulp and newsprint.

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