Conifex Puts Brett Bray in Charge of U.S. Plants

Conifex Puts Brett Bray in Charge of U.S. Plants
Brett Bray (Conifex Timber)

Conifex Timber Inc. of Vancouver on Tuesday appointed Brett Bray as vice president of U.S. operations, overseeing Conifex's sawmill in El Dorado and its recently acquired plants in Glenwood (Pike and Montgomery counties) and Cross City, Florida.

"For more than 30 years now, Brett has been an accomplished leader in the U.S. timber industry," Ken Shields, Conifex's chairman and CEO, said in a news release. "With his lumber business acumen and strong leadership skills, he will play a key role in advancing our company's U.S. operations."

An Arkansas native, Bray previously worked as general manager of the Glenwood plant, where he led the effort to upgrade and re-open the operation, formerly known as Caddo River Forest Products.

Conifex completed its acquisition of the Caddo River sawmill and the Suwannee sawmill in Florida in July. The deal, worth more than $250 million, expanded Conifex's lumber production capacity by 50 percent to about 1.1 billion board feet.

At the time of the purchase, Conifex already owned a sawmill in El Dorado — a former Georgia Pacific plant that restarted last year after an $80 million modernization project

Bray is a graduate of Arkansas State University and the executive management program at Louisiana State University.

Conifex's lumber products are sold in the United States, Chinese, Canadian and Japanese markets.

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