Bartow-based Sunbelt Forest Products, among the Southeast’s largest pressure treatment specialists, recently acquired an Athens, Alabama facility from Georgia-Pacific (GP), upping the firm’s annual manufacturing capacity to over 600 million linear feet of pressure-treated wood.
"The Athens plant will provide Sunbelt with new opportunities in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana," Ken DelleDonne, Sunbelt’s president, said. "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 was established in 1982 and has demonstrated ecological progressiveness by leading the state in introducing arsenic-free wood preservatives, water repellant treatment and mold inhibitors. The new asset will open the door to improved shipping proximity for exporting lumber to Caribbean markets via its location and ability to increase production.
Sunbelt Forest Products operates facilities in Rockledge, Florida and Louisville, Alabama as well as Bartow. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of PalletOne Inc., whose president and CEO Howe Wallace expressed enthusiasm about the investment.
"We are excited about this expansion," Wallace said. "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."
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