NEW YORK (News release)) -- Mercer International Inc. announced that it has received applicable Bankruptcy Court approval of a sales order approving the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Structurlam Mass Timber Corporation and its subsidiaries ("Structurlam"), including a production facility located in Conway, Arkansas (the "Conway Facility") and production facilities in British Columbia, Canada, for $81.1 million, exclusive of a break fee and expense reimbursement, subject to customary adjustments. The transaction is subject to customary conditions and is expected to be completed shortly.
The Conway Facility
The Conway facility is a modern, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility that was built in 2021 and:
- has an annual capacity of approximately 75,000 m3;
- can produce both glued laminated timber (glulam) and cross-laminated timber (CLT);
- includes over 280,000 square feet of manufacturing space; and
- is strategically located in the Southern United States in proximity to growing construction markets and with access to a large and high-quality regional wood basket.
British Columbia Facilities
The assets also include three facilities located in British Columbia, Canada with a combined annual capacity of approximately 40,000 m3 of glulam and CLT.
The transaction will, among other things, add glulam production capability to Mercer's existing mass timber offering. Glulam is a stress-rated, engineered wood product comprised of wood laminations that are bonded together. It is commonly used for support structures such as columns, beams, floor joists, and trusses and offers a high degree of customization and pre-fabrication. With a high strength-to-weight ratio, it offers increased efficiencies in logistics and a smaller carbon footprint relative to common construction materials such as steel and concrete.
Juan Carlos Bueno, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated: "The acquisition of the Structurlam assets is consistent with our strategy to expand and diversify our product mix in our solid wood segment and build out our existing mass timber business. The acquisition will materially increase our existing production capacity and cement our position as a leading producer of mass timber products.
"These assets complement our existing Mercer Mass Timber facility, located in Spokane Valley, Washington and provide significant potential synergies on a combined basis. As glulam is commonly incorporated into mass timber construction projects that utilize CLT, the acquisition of Structurlam will enhance our ability to service the growing customer base for our mass timber business."
He concluded: "Our Mercer Mass Timber facility and the Conway facility are two of the most modern mass timber facilities in North America, which we believe will position us well to capitalize on the growing market share of CLT and glulam in the North American construction business. We look forward to completing the acquisition and continuing to grow our contribution to a circular carbon economy, providing sustainable and carbon reducing alternatives through our innovative forest products."