Dermot F. Smurfit, chairman of the board of Cosmo Specialty Fibers, Inc. added, “The mill’s primary products, namely viscose and acetate, are currently in tight supply worldwide and we see strong growth prospects for the products over the next few years. Gores’ strong operational expertise and focus, combined with the experience of Richard Bassett and his team, which will help refurbish the mill and lead the sales efforts, will ensure a successful restart of the mill and position the asset to achieve its full potential.”
“We are extremely pleased to have completed the sale to Gores and its partners,” said Dan Fulton, president and chief executive officer of Weyerhaeuser. “We understand the importance of the mill as an economic driver to not only the City of Cosmopolis, but the surrounding community as well, and look forward to helping with a smooth transition of ownership. The Gores Group and its partners bring a vast and diverse set of experience and we wish them well in this new venture. Finally, we would like to thank the Governor and the state and local elected officials in the community for their continued efforts and support for the re-opening of the mill.”
Over the next weeks, the new company will announce the employment application process.
About The Gores Group, LLC
The Gores Group, LLC is a private equity firm with $2.9 billion of capital under management that is focused on acquiring controlling interests in mature and growing businesses which can benefit from the firm’s operating experience and flexible capital base. The firm combines the operational expertise and detailed due diligence capabilities of a strategic buyer with the seasoned M&A team of a traditional financial buyer. The
Gores Group, LLC, which was founded in 1987 by Alec E. Gores, has become a leading investor having demonstrated over time a reliable track record of creating substantial value in its portfolio companies alongside management. Headquartered in Los Angeles, The Gores Group, LLC maintains offices in Boulder, CO, and London. For more information, please visit www.gores.com.
About Weyerhaeuser Company
Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the world’s largest forest products companies, began operations in 1900. We grow and harvest trees, build homes and make a range of forest products essential to everyday lives. We manage our timberland on a sustainable basis in compliance with internationally recognized forestry standards. At the end of 2009, we employed approximately 14,900 employees in 10 countries. We have customers worldwide and generated $5.5 billion in sales in 2009. Our stock trades on the New York
Stock exchange under the symbol WY. Additional information about us is available at www.weyerhaeuser.com.