American Lumber said it will transform the former Georgia-Pacific facility in Tarrant into a manufacturing facility.

The Texas-based company recently closed the purchase of the 98,000-square-foot facility, which Georgia-Pacific used to manufacture corrugated paper, but did not disclose the purchase price. According to LoopNet, the asking price was $2.2 million.

And it plans to use the facility as a major remanufacturing facility and distribution center for the Southeast, said a news release.

With operations in Tuscaloosa for the last five years, American Lumber will relocate its local employees to the Birmingham facility, which will eventually employ more than 50 people.

“American Lumber is a good, quality company and having them in Birmingham will be an asset to our region,” said Jim Searcy, vice president of business and industrial retention for the Birmingham Business Alliance, in the release. “This is a meaningful investment for the Birmingham region and especially for the City of Tarrant. It is always encouraging to see a vacant building occupied and jobs created.”

Tarrant Mayor Loxcil Tuck and Graham & Co. Brokers Ogden Deaton and John Coleman were instrumental in the transaction, according to the press release.

American Lumber is based in Uvalde, Texas, and inventories large quantities of lumber. It has other manufacturing facilities in Bryan, Texas, and sales offices throughout that state.

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