Dixieline Acquires Barr Lumber Co. San Diego–based Dixieline Lumber Co. announced the acquisition of Barr Lumber Co., a single-unit lumber distributor in El Centro, Calif., that includes a full-service lumberyard, a truss manufacturing facility, and a doors and windows showroom. Barr Lumber began operating as a part of Dixieline on August 2. The acquisition will provide Dixieline with a direct position in Imperial County, an area currently serviced by Dixieline's San Diego location, and may help the company serve the east side of the Palm Desert/Indio market to the north.
Dixieline, a division of Redmond, Wash.–based Lanoga (www.lanoga.com), was founded in 1913 and services contractors, builders, and homeowners in Southern California, Arizona, and Nevada with 10 lumberyards and home centers, a milling and remanufacturing facility, and a 3,000-square-foot door and window center.
Keith Brown Expands Team Salem, Ore.–based Keith Brown Building Materials has announced two additions to its corporate team. Rich Fisher joins Keith Brown as vice president of sales and marketing, after owning and operating Pacific Tape Co. Dave Carpenter was hired as inventory control and purchasing manager. Carpenter has been in the building industry for more than 20 years in a variety of positions, including owning a professional contractor business.
Keith Brown (www.keithbrown.com) has 12 locations in California and Oregon, and had 2003 sales of $51 million.
National Lumber Opens New Showroom Mansfield, Mass.–based National Lumber has opened a 6,800-square-foot Kitchen Views showroom at its Mansfield location. Kitchen Views at National Lumber has 15 cabinetry areas, including eight kitchen vignettes, four work centers, and a design center, along with displays of Andersen and Norco windows and doors.
National Lumber (www.national-lumber.com) has been family owned and operated since it opened in 1934 and currently operates four locations in Massachusetts.
Boise Sells Paper, Building Products, and Timberlands Boise, Idaho–based Boise Cascade Corp. announced the $3.7 billion sale of its paper, forest products, and timberland assets. The sell-off divides Boise into two independent entities: Boise Cascade, LLC and Boise Office Solutions, the latter of which officially becomes Office Max and will continue to operate as an office products distribution business.
Boise's paper, forest products and timberland assets have been sold to a new company formed by Madison Dearborn Partners and will retain the Boise Cascade brand name. The sale includes the Boise headquarters building and assets of its three major paper and forest products divisions: Boise Building Solutions; Boise Paper Solutions; and timberlands in the United States, a eucalyptus plantation in Brazil, and a cottonwood fiber farm in Washington.
“In many respects, this transaction represents a return to Boise Cascade's traditional roots as a leader in the paper and forest products industry,” W. Thomas Stephens said in an announcement. Stephens is former president and CEO of MacMillan Bloedel and will become CEO of Boise Cascade upon completion of the transaction, which is expected by mid-November. “We will continue to operate under the Boise brand name, headquartered in Boise, Idaho, with a focus on operational excellence and delivering value to our customers.”
ChanneLinx Emerges From Chapter 11 ChanneLinx, the Greenville, S.C.–based provider of e-business solutions for the supply chain, announced on June 30 that it has emerged from bankruptcy. (PROSALES' parent company, Hanley Wood, had an investment interest in ChanneLinx prior to the restructuring.)