U.S. Lumber will distribute Georgia-Pacific (GP) engineered wood products once the manufacturer's current distribution agreement with BlueLinx ends on Feb. 12, U.S. Lumber announced Wednesday. The companies are working to finalize terms to the agreement, which is expected to go into effect on Feb. 13.
Under the agreement, Atlanta-based U.S. Lumber will distribute the complete line of GP engineered wood products including Wood I Beam joists, GP Lam LVL, and Fiberstrong rim board and laminated beams.
"We are very pleased to be adding Georgia-Pacific engineered lumber to the U.S. Lumber product offering," said U.S. Lumber CEO Lawrence Newton. "This addition broadens our commitment to serve our customers by distributing the best products in the industry."
"These products will be available out of the U.S. Lumber distribution centers in Atlanta, Ga., Greenville, S.C. (excluding North Carolina), and Nashville, Tenn.," GP and U.S. Lumber said in a joint news release. "Dealers served from these branches will be able to buy full units of material or job lot quantities."
"This is a great opportunity to work with U.S. Lumber and we believe our combined resources will give dealers the perfect solution for their engineered wood product requirements," said Paul Watterson, general manager of GP Wood Products.
Along with the end of its relationship with BlueLinx, GP announced a new strategic direction for its engineered wood business on Nov. 10. The new initiative is designed to facilitate more direct involvement with GP's customers by providing inside and outside account management personnel, business development support, engineering and technical services, and software development and support.
On Nov. 4, BlueLinx, which traces its roots back to the former distribution division of Georgia-Pacific Wood Products, announced plans to launch its own line of privately branded engineered wood products to replace the GP line it distributes.