BARTOW, FL –Sunbelt Forest Products of Bartow, Florida has announced the purchase of a pressure treated wood facility in Athens, AL from Georgia-Pacific (GP). The acquisition will increase the company’s manufacturing capabilities to over 600 million board feet of pressure treated wood a year.
“The Athens plant will provide Sunbelt with new opportunities in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana,” said Ken DelleDonne, Sunbelt president. “With the added capacity we can begin to expand our reach beyond the southeast, providing both above ground and ground contact pressure treated wood to more lumber yards in the region.”
Sunbelt also exports pressure treated lumber to the Caribbean and will be looking in the future at other export opportunities, because of the increased capacity and additional flexibility to shift production to plants within proximity of shipping lines and ports.
“We are excited about this expansion,” said Howe Wallace, PalletOne president and chief executive officer. “Treated wood customers in these expanded markets have expressed a strong interest in the products and services we provide. We look forward to showing what we can do.”
Founded in 1982, Sunbelt Forest Products was the first facility in Florida to introduce treating with arsenic-free preservatives as well as the first in the state to start treating with water repellents and mold inhibitors.
Source: Sunbelt Forest Products