Caddo River Forest Products is an integrated forest products company nestled in the beautiful Ouachita Mountains alongside the Caddo River in Glenwood, Arkansas. With plans to rehabilitate the 100 million board foot sawmill and operate its own timber dealership, the company will produce Southern yellow pine lumber (and related by-products) and market pulpwood for local pulp and paper mills. As a result, 130 direct jobs and 300 indirect jobs will be created - jobs which will become integral to the West Arkansas forestry industry.
Caddo River Forest Products (formerly Bean Lumber Company) has operations dating back to the 1970s when Georgia Pacific originally designed and built the facility. Like many forest products facilities, the Bean Lumber Company suffered through the Great Recession and was ultimately shuttered in 2010. Through bankruptcy, CAT Financial became the owner of the facility and subsequently sold it to a joint venture between Castle Hill Partners, a private investor in commercial properties, and McCaslin Barrow Henderson, a timberland investment management organization. With a diligent spirit to see the facility return to its former glory, Castle Hill and McCaslin Barrow Henderson began the process to revive the mill. In September 2016, Suwannee Lumber Company, through their private equity sponsor Blue Wolf Capital Partners, invested alongside Castle Hill and McCaslin Barrow Henderson to form Caddo River Forest Products.