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Millar Western acquires Spruceland Millworks

Canada-based Millar Western Forest Products Ltd has announced that it is continuing to execute its growth strategy through the acquisition of Spruceland Millworks Inc. Millar Western has acquired all shares of the company, its manufacturing operations in Acheson, Alberta and its woodlands assets. The transaction will strengthen Millar Western by integrating the company’s existing sawmill operations with Spruceland’s value-added manufacturing capabilities.

Millar Western is the largest Alberta-based producer of SPF dimension lumber (photo courtesy Millar Western).

Spruceland Millworks is a value-added manufacturer and international distributor of high-quality spruce-pine-fir (SPF) wood products. Founded in 1982 by Ben Sawatzky with a simple table saw and a second-hand forklift, the Acheson-based company has grown to employ 100 plus staff becoming a “go-to” supplier of decking, studs, furring strips and industrial access mats.

For the past 35 years, Spruceland Millworks has been a leader in Alberta’s value-added wood products sector, developing new products and building new markets in Canada, the U.S. and overseas. Through most of those years, Millar Western has been Spruceland’s largest supplier of raw material. We look forward to working in even closer partnership with Spruceland leadership to continue the advancement of this dynamic business, said Craig Armstrong, President and CEO of Millar Western.

Operating as a division of Millar Western, Spruceland will continue to work under its existing, proven management team and highly-regarded brand.

Alberta forest companies have a reputation as progressive, responsible and innovative. We are excited about the prospects for growth and expansion within the province’s forest sector, led by proven companies like Millar Western and Spruceland, said Tim Fazio, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Atlas Holdings, which entered into a partnership with Millar Western in May 2017, becoming the majority shareholder.

Headquartered in Edmonton, Millar Western is a century-old, Alberta-based forest products company that produces SPF and aspen lumber, pulp and bioenergy at facilities in Whitecourt and Fox Creek.

With their long history in Alberta, strong core values, proven ability in sustainable forest management, commitment to the value-added sector and reputation as a good employer, Millar Western is ideally suited to assist Spruceland in its next phase of growth. I am especially pleased that this strategic alliance will ensure a strong future for Spruceland’s dedicated staff and security of supply for our valued customers, said Ben Sawatzky, CEO, Spruceland Millworks.

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