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Penticton’s Structurlam sold for $81M U.S. to Mercer International

The 60-year-old company had declared bankruptcy earlier in 2023
Construction of the University of B.C.’s 18-storey Brock Commons student residence, whose prefabricated wood components came from Structurlam in Penticton. (UBC Media Relations)

After declaring bankruptcy in April, Penticton’s Structurlam has officially been sold for more than $80 million U.S.

The June 15, completion of the sale followed the 60-year-old company’s bankruptcy declaration in April and several rounds of bidding in May.

The new owner Mercer Mass Timber, a subsidiary of Mercer International, will be keeping Structurlam’s facilities in Penticton and Conway, Arkansas running according to the press release about the sale’s completion.

Mercer Mass Timber now holds all of Structurlam’s brand assets, product and project portfolios and intellectual property and the Structurlam facilities in the Okanagan and Arkansas will be rebranded.

We are thrilled to welcome Structurlam into the Mercer Mass Timber fold,” said Brian Merwin, senior vice president of Mercer Mass Timber in a press release. “Our goal is to become a one-stop shop for all mass timber needs. The additional manufacturing facilities that the Structurlam acquisition brings will enable us to create greater efficiencies.”

Mercer had placed a stalking horse bid of $60 million on Structurlam when it declared bankruptcy.

Structurlam’s consolidated plant in Arkansas suspended its operations earlier in 2023 after the facility’s main contract with Walmart was cancelled. The loss of that contract led to the company filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S.

Structurlam was one of the largest mass timber manufacturers in North America and provided the prefabricated wood components used in the Brock Commons student residence at UBC, which at the time it was completed was the tallest mass timber building in the world.

Among the aspects hyped up by Mercer in their press release about the sale was the addition of Structurlam’s cross-laminated and glue-laminated (glulam) production, the latter of which Mercer did not previously possess.

READ MORE: Penticton-based Structurlam declares bankruptcy

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Brennan Phillips

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Brennan was raised in the Okanagan and is thankful every day that he gets to live and work in one of the most beautiful places in Canada.
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