Stella-Jones acquires Cahaba Pressure Treated Forest
November 8, 2021 | 10:21 am CST

Stella Jones acquires Cahaba.

Montreal – Stella-Jones Inc. has entered into an agreement to purchase Cahaba Pressure Treated Forest Products Inc. for $66 million, including $8 million in working capital.

Cahaba Pressure manufactures, distributes and sells treated and untreated wood poles, crossties and posts and provides custom treating services, primarily utilizing creosote, copper naphthenate and pentachlorophenol at its wood treating facility in Brierfield, Ala.. The consolidated sales for the year ended December 31, 2020, totaled approximately $56 million. 

“This acquisition will enhance Stella-Jones’ offerings and expand our capability to supply the needs of North America’s utility pole industry,” said Eric Vachon, president and CEO of Stella-Jones. “The addition of Cahaba Pressure will add to our capacity, further support the preservative offering to our customers and optimize the overall efficiency of our continental network.” 

The transaction is scheduled to close prior the end of December 2021.

Stella-Jones, which is coming off a record 2020 performance and its 20th consecutive year in which it increased sales, had sales reaching $2.6 billion, which drove the 23% increase in earnings before taxes and distributions to a record $385 million.

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