International Paper to Sell Building Products Division to Georgia-Pacific

Agreement will allow International Paper to focus efforts on its packaging business.

January 2, 2013
Recycling Today Staff
International Paper (IP), based in Memphis, Tenn., has reached an agreement to sell its Temple-Inland Building Products division to Georgia-Pacific LLC for $750 million in cash, subject to certain pre- and post-closing adjustments. The assets to be sold include 16 manufacturing facilities, five solid wood mills, four particleboard plants, two medium-density fiberboard plants, one fiberboard plant and four gypsum wallboard plants.
John Faraci, chairman and CEO for IP, says, “While not core to IP's strategy, Temple-Inland Building Products is an industry leader. I am pleased to have reached a deal that recognizes the strength of the business and provides excellent value for IP shareowners.”
The transaction is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2013, subject to satisfaction of various closing conditions, including obtaining required governmental approvals.  IP intends to use the proceeds from the sale to reduce its debt.