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Pro-Build purchases Alpine Lumber Supply

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Pro-Build Holdings has announced the purchase of Alpine Lumber Supply, a pro dealer serving the Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, market from two locations, in Sandpoint and Post Falls. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Founded in 1978, Alpine Lumber is a full-service lumberyard known for specialty wood products as well as decking, fencing, and siding. It operates a kitchen design center and millwork showroom. The company also installs windows, doors, stairways, tub and shower enclosures, mirrors, and closet systems.

Alpine Lumber will join Pro-Build’s existing operations in Coeur d’Alene and Spokane. “The addition of these teams will allow us to enhance our reach into the northern Idaho market as well as expand our installed services offerings,” said David Dittmer, president of the Pro-Build West region.

The largest pro dealer in the United States, Denver-based Pro-Build operates more than 520 locations in 40 states. Sales in 2006 were $5.1 billion.

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Tembec announces temporary shutdown of mills

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Temiscaming, Quebec-based Tembec has announced temporary shutdowns at its sawmills in Elko and Canal Flats, British Columbia.

“These shutdowns are due to a combination of factors,” said Dennis Rounsville, executive vp and president of Tembec’s Forest Products Group. “These include the sharp decline in demand and prices for lumber and the impact of the high value of the Canadian dollar.”

The Elko sawmill/planer mills will close for a minimum of two weeks starting Oct. 1, and the Canal Flats sawmill/planer mills will take downtime beginning Oct. 15.

The Canal Flats and Elko sawmills and planer mills have an annual production capacity of 420,000 Mfbm of SPF lumber and employ about 480 people.

Tembec has already shut down facilities in Timmins and Kirkland Lake, Ontario, and La Sarre and BZarn, Quebec.

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Canfor acquires assets of Chesterfield Lumber

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Vancouver-based wood products company Canfor has acquired the assets of South Carolina-based Chesterfield Lumber for $18 million. The acquisition will be made by Canfor’s wholly owned subsidiary, New South.

The Darlington, S.C.-based Chesterfield mill has the capacity to produce 140 million board feet of southern yellow pine annually.

The mill is located between two existing mills owned by New South — at Conway and Camden, S.C.

The transaction is subject to closing conditions and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2007.

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