F&W Forestry Services, Inc. announced today that it has acquired London-based O.C.S. Group Ltd.’s forestry and land subsidiaries. The acquisition includes three companies with forest management and real estate operations in North America and the United Kingdom.
For the Albany, Ga.-based F&W, the acquisition is a major expansion of its operations in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the U.S. and its first entry into the U.K. F&W currently maintains a network of 25 offices in the U.S., Uruguay, Brazil, and France.
The companies included in the purchase are Fountains Forestry Inc., a forest management firm, Fountain Lands Inc., a retail forest real estate firm, both located in the Northeastern U.S., and Fountains Forestry UK, Ltd., a forest management and real estate firm operating in England, Scotland, and Wales.
The purchase includes the acquisition of seven offices in North America that have an operating footprint covering Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and western Ontario near Lake Superior. The U.K. offices, which serve landowners in England, Wales, and Scotland, are located at Banbury (Oxfordshire), Inverness (Scotland), Exeter (Devon), and Bedale (North Yorkshire). Combined, the three companies have more than 50 employees and manage more than 535,000 acres of forests and woodlands.
Founded in 1962, F&W is one of America’s premier forest resource management and consulting, real estate, and timberland investment firms. The company has more than 185 employees and manages more than 1.6 million acres of forestland in the U.S. and internationally. In the U.S., the company maintains a network of 18 offices in 11 states comprising the Southern pine belt, the Central and Appalachia regions, Upstate New York, and Oregon in the Pacific Northwest. F&W also manages private forestlands in Uruguay, Brazil, and France.