Georgia-Pacific (GP) and U.S. Lumber announced yesterday an expansion of their distribution agreement for engineered wood products.

The new agreement will take effect on Nov. 1, 2013, and will allow Atlanta-based U.S. Lumber to distribute GP engineered lumber in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, the panhandle of Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee. The distributor currently operates branches in Atlanta, Baltimore, Greenville, S.C. Jacksonville, Fla. Mobile, Ala. Nashville, Tenn., and Raleigh, N.C.

Atlanta-based Georgia-Pacific first announced a distribution agreement with U.S. Lumber in January 2012, but that agreement only allowed U.S. Lumber to distribute out of its Atlanta, Greenville, S.C., and Nashville, Tenn., branches. The new agreement adds the Mobile, Ala., Raleigh, N.C., and Jacksonville, Fla., locations as distribution points.

“We are excited to be expanding our footprint with Georgia-Pacific engineered lumber products,” said Lawrence Newton, CEO of U.S. Lumber.  “These new territories help to broaden our commitment to our customers in these areas.”

U.S. Lumber will continue to have distribution rights to the complete line of Georgia-Pacific engineered wood products, including Wood I Beam joists, GP Lam LVL, and Fiberstrong brand rim board and laminated beams.

“We are pleased to have a distributor like U.S. Lumber as part of our network and are looking forward to helping them serve these territories,” said Paul Watterson, general manager for Georgia-Pacific Wood Products. “Their experience selling specialty wood products makes them a great fit within our EWP strategy.”