Georgia-Pacific has reached a definitive agreement to acquire four Louisiana-Pacific Corp. plywood manufacturing facilities and one medium density fiberboard facility located in Louisiana and Texas. G-P will divest to L-P oriented strand board and chip-n-saw facilities at Woodland, Maine.
The transaction will be an asset exchange, and will allow G-P to acquire plants that geographically complement our existing structural panels manufacturing and distribution capabilities.
Production at the G-P Woodland, Maine, OSB facility will be suspended next month. The plant and the currently shutdown chip-n-saw will be transferred to L-P in a position so they may be restarted if and when L-P may determine.
Two of the four plywood facilities we are acquiring are located at Cleveland, Texas, and Logansport, La., and are expected to continue operating, with production increasing over time.
Of the remaining facilities, one plywood plant and the medium density fiberboard plant are located at Urania, La. Both of these facilities will be idled. L-P will proceed with the previously announced closure of the plywood facility located at Bon Wier, Texas. These three facilities will remain in position to be restarted as conditions dictate.
Closing of the transaction is scheduled for mid-September and is subject to completion of due diligence.