Blue Wolf Capital Acquires Suwannee Lumber Co.

New Capital Will Increase Production Capacity of Florida-based Sawmill

NEW YORK--()--Blue Wolf Capital Partners LLC, the New York-based private equity firm, today announced that Blue Wolf Capital Fund III, L.P. (“Blue Wolf”), through an affiliate, has acquired substantially all of the assets of Suwannee Lumber Co. ("Suwannee" or the "Company"), a manufacturer of softwood lumber producing Southern Yellow Pine products used primarily in decking and durable outdoor construction. The Company is headquartered in Cross City, FL, with additional operations in Lake City, FL and Adel, GA. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The Company’s CEO, Frank "Bump" Faircloth, and President, Daniel Dickert, invested alongside Blue Wolf and will remain with the Company as will others on the management team. Michael Ranson and Charles Miller, Partners at Blue Wolf, will join the Company's Board of Directors.

Adam Blumenthal, Managing Partner at Blue Wolf commented, "Strong regional players like Suwannee with solid business models that can also benefit from strategic operational improvements are ideal investments for Blue Wolf. Suwannee is well-positioned in an industry that is showing many positive trends – we are looking forward to working with Bump and his team to build upon the Company's success."

Mr. Faircloth said, "We are excited by the opportunity to partner with Blue Wolf. Their operating experience and vision will be invaluable as we continue to modernize our operations and increase capacity in order to take advantage of the rebounding housing construction and remodeling markets."

Charles Miller added, "Suwannee is a well-run company with excellent long-term customer relationships. It is also a leading local employer with many dedicated employees. These factors provide a solid base for growth and for building even stronger networks that ensure the Company's continued leadership in the local markets and beyond."

About Suwannee Lumber Co.

Suwannee Lumber Co., founded in 1954, is a leading independent manufacturer of softwood lumber in the Southeastern United States. Suwannee operates a 150 million board foot sawmill operation and supplies decking and dimensional lumber to customers in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast United States. Suwannee also operates a ground cover division that provides manufacturing and bagging of various mulch and soil products as well as a retail hardware store (Florida Forest Products) and firewood operation (Lite My Fire). For additional information, please visit www.suwanneelumber.com.

About Blue Wolf Capital Partners

Blue Wolf Capital Partners LLC is a private equity firm that seeks to create and increase value in middle-market companies. Blue Wolf often invests when it can address financial or operational distress, or constructively resolve issues arising from corporate governance or relations with government entities or labor unions. For additional information, please visit www.blue-wolf.com.

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Release Summary

Blue Wolf Capital Partners acquires Suwannee Lumber Co.

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Contacts

Owen Blicksilver Public Relations, Inc.
Caroline Luz, 203-656-2829
or
Kristin Celauro, 732-291-5456