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LP Building Solutions to acquire Forex’s Wawa OSB facility

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Manufacturing Operations Infrastructure acquire facility Forex LP Building Solutions Wawa OSB

Once converted, the mill will add approximately 400 million square feet of capacity, making it LP's largest single-line siding mill.

Wawa, Ontario manufacturing facility. Photo: LP Building Solutions.

NASHVILLE — LP Building Solutions and Forex Inc., have entered into a definitive agreement under which LP will acquire the assets owned by Wawa OSB Inc., a subsidiary of Forex Inc.

The transaction will add to LP’s assets a manufacturing facility in Wawa, Ont., that will be converted into an LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding mill. The transaction, which is subject to court approval and customary closing conditions, is expected to be completed in early May 2023.

“LP SmartSide Trim & Siding has experienced tremendous growth over the past few years, becoming one of the fastest-growing siding brands in the United States,” said Executive Vice-President and General Manager of Siding Jason Ringblom. “In response to customer demand, we continue to expand our capacity across North America to position SmartSide for long-term growth. Our acquisition of Forex Inc.’s Wawafacility is a great addition to our fleet of siding mills and perfect example of how we are investing in the future of SmartSide.”

Once converted, the mill will add approximately 400 million square feet of capacity, making it LP’s largest single-line siding mill. This will bring LP’s total siding capacity to 2.7 billion square feet annually.


The mill’s conversion will bring over 150 jobs to the region, which has a long history in forest product manufacturing.

“We are thrilled to see the continued revival of this wood-based plant coming true,” said Forex Executive Vice-President Yolaine Rousseau. “We would like to thank all the employees, First Nations, suppliers and local authorities for their support of this project.”


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