Conway CLT Plant Is Back On Track

Mercer International Inc. and its subsidiary Mercer Mass Timber, a manufacturer of timber building materials, completed the acquisition of Structurlam Mass Timber Corp. and its subsidiaries in mid-June. Mercer Mass Timber immediately takes possession and continues the operation of Structurlam’s manufacturing facilities, which will now operate under the Mercer Mass Timber brand, including a new production facility in Conway, Ark. and in Penticton, British Columbia, Can.

At the end of May, Mercer International received Bankruptcy Court approval of the acquisition for $81.1 million. Structurlam had filed for bankruptcy earlier this year.

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 more than 280,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space; and is strategically located in the Southern U.S. in proximity to growing construction markets and with access to a large and high-quality regional wood basket.

The purchase also include three facilities located in British Columbia with a combined annual capacity of 40,000 m3 of glulam and CLT.

These assets complement Mercer’s existing Mercer Mass Timber facility in Spokane Valley, Wash.

“We are thrilled to welcome Structurlam into the Mercer Mass Timber fold,” says Brian Merwin, Senior Vice President of Mercer Mass Timber. “This acquisition will allow us to offer our customers a wider range of mass timber products, and to better support their projects with the addition of more cross laminated timber (CLT) capacity and glulam production capabilities. Our goal is to become a one-stop shop for all mass timber needs. The additional manufacturing facilities that the Structurlam acquisition brings will enable us to create greater efficiencies.”

A local paper in mid-June reported that the Conway facility had resumed production and will increase its pace as the order file heats up.

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