Today Flakeboard America Limited, a US subsidiary of Arauco, has agreed to buy the western US panel assets of SierraPine, a California limited partnership, consisting of two particleboard plants located in California and Oregon, and an MDF plant in Oregon.
Upon completion of the acquisition, the Arauco plants in North America will have an installed panel capacity of 2 billion feet sq. ft. (¾" basis) or 3.5 million cubic meters, adding to the capacity of the composite panel plants that Arauco holds in Brazil, Argentina and Chile.
The proposed purchase of SierraPine will increase western facilities and product offering, manufacturing locations, and employee experience. The two companies are targeting a closing during the first quarter of 2014. The transaction is subject to customary conditions, including regulatory approvals.