Masonite Corp., announced that it has completed the acquisition of Birchwood Best headquartered in Birchwood, Wis. Birchwood is a producer of commercial/architectural wood flush door skins; as well as a producer of hardwood plywood. Birchwood employs approximately 240 people, with one facility in Birchwood, and a smaller location in Thorp.

Birchwood’s 2010 revenue exceeded $40 million, according to a press release from Masonite; no other financial details of the acquisition have been disclosed.

“The acquisition of Birchwood enhances our position as a leader in the manufacturing and distribution of components for residential, commercial and architectural wood doors,” says Fred Lynch, Masonite’s president and chief executive officer. “We are excited about the capabilities this acquisition adds to Masonite.”

“Birchwood’s facilities in Wisconsin are a natural complement to Masonite’s existing commercial and architectural businesses,” says Cody Wickersheim, vice president of Birchwood. “We look forward to joining the Masonite team and to the exciting new possibilities this creates for our customers.”

Wickersheim, a 16-year Birchwood veteran, will join Masonite and lead the integration effort.



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