Masonite Adds Door Skin Producer

November 3, 2011

Masonite Corp. has acquired Birchwood Best, said to be one of North America’s largest producers of commercial/architectural wood flush door skins, as well as a significant producer of hardwood plywood. Birchwood's operations were founded in 1904 in Birchwood, Wis.

"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 president and CEO. "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," notes Cody Wickersheim, Birchwood vice president. "We look forward to joining the Masonite team and to the exciting new possibilities this creates for our customers."

A 16-year Birchwood veteran, Wickersheim is joining Masonite to lead the integration effort.

Birchwood employs approximately 240 people, with one facility in Birchwood, Wis., and a smaller location in Thorp, Wis. Birchwood's 2010 revenue exceeded $40 million. No other financial details of the acquisition have been disclosed.