Donation Supports CHS Alpine Ski Team

Proceeds from the S.W. Collins Co. 5k Road Race were donated to the Caribou High School Alpine Ski Team. A check for $932 was presented to the athletes which will assist their fundraising efforts to purchase new alpine ski race suits for the team. Front row from left: Leslie Jackson, Collins 5k race organizer, Keenan McDougall, Edie Shea, Nathan Pitre and Devin Martin, 5k race volunteer. Back row from left: Maren Moir, Keith Bray, Jack Doody, Coach Neal Sleeper and Devon Ouellette.

Community Donations Ensure Completion of Stockholm Boat Landing

STOCKHOLM, Maine — The people of Stockholm and surrounding communities have come together to raise money for a variety of community development projects in town.

The effort kicked off last September when the Maine Boating Facilities Program approved a $73,800 matching grant to assist in building a handicap-accessible boat launch off Little Madawaska River as well as to help improve and create walking and bicycling trails.

S.W. Collins Company of Caribou recently donated $3,000 to assist with the boat launch project, and company president Sam Collins stated in a press release that he and the company are pleased to be able to contribute.

“The S.W. Collins Company has a cherished history with the community of Stockholm,” he said, “having past logging camps in close proximity and a sawmill on the banks of the Madawaska River approximately 100 yard from the Eureka Hall restaurant and Anderson’s grocery store. We are pleased to be able to assist the many dedicated volunteers and community to provide better access to the water, resources, and trails that will be developed for year-round recreation.”

Among those dedicated volunteers is Stockholm Planning Board member Dave Strainge who, along with Mike Sandstrom and Anderson’s Store Co-Owner Suzy Anderson, helped the project come to fruition.

Strainge said earlier this year that Sandstrom was “instrumental in the comprehensive planning process” of the project and quickly recruited several community members for the task. Anderson also donated ten acres of land previously owned by her father Fred Anderson to help with the project.

The bid for construction, which Strainge said should be completed this year, was awarded to Soderberg Construction of Caribou.

“I can safely say that we’ve achieved enough funding to get the boat launch,” he said on Monday. “We’re now at the stage where additional funding will be used for the follow-on portion of the project with trail improvements.”

Strainge said that, while the initial estimate for the boat launch was about $150,000 (with $73,800 coming from the state), the town’s funding goal of $25,000 has been exceeded. He also believes the boat launch will cost less than the initial $150,000 estimate. Aside from the $25,000, he said the state also will match the monetary value of labor, and that B.R. Smith Associates of Presque Isle, the civil engineers for the project, has already donated some of their labor costs toward the match.

“Fundraising has been pretty successful,” he said. “Collins was one of the big donors, and a couple other businesses also made sizable donations. One of our local citizens donated a Model T. Ford which is being raffled off.”

Once the boat launch is finished, Strainge said the town will focus on trail renovations, which may also happen this summer.

“It’s essentially an area where people can offload snowmobiles in the winter or ATVs in the summer and park their trailer off the road,” he said. “Right now, people offload in the Legion Hall parking lot and leave their trailers there. It hasn’t really been more than an inconvenience, but now we’re going to have a chance to centralize that.”

The plan is to connect the offloading area to the 10 acres of land donated by Anderson, and potentially create some trails for non-motorized activity such as walking or biking.

“We’re at the stage now where we’ve gathered enough money and are looking ahead to the next phases of the project,” he said.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Stockholm Landing and Trails organization or donating to the effort can visit the “Stockholm Landing And Trails” Facebook page or call Strainge at (207) 896-3159.

Retail Lumber Dealers Association of Maine presents NMCC Student with Scholarship

Benjamin McEndarfer, a Northern Maine Community College Building Construction Technology student from Woodland, is this year’s Brian C. Thayer Memorial Scholarship recipient. The scholarship is made possible through money provided to the Maine Community College System by the Retail Lumber Dealers Association of Maine (RLDAM). NMCC hosted a meet-and-greet event for McEndarfer with Scott Dionne, RLDAM representative and Vice President of Operations at SW Collins.

Dionne took time to share advice that could provide enhanced possibilities for McEndarfer, such as keeping up his math skills, considering computer technology courses, and familiarizing himself with the other trades.
“It’s important to know how tools and systems can work together to understand what is required of one job when doing another,” Dionne said. “It is also important to know how one step can affect other aspects of the building process.”

Dionne also encouraged McEndarfer to think about a summer job at a lumber yard such as SW Collins to add to his educational experience.
“When I was 16, I was a delivery driver for SW Collins. Although I went away to college, life brought me back to Aroostook County. From that experience, I had a good understanding of the different career paths associated with the lumber and building industry,” said Dionne. “It also helped me get to know different people and make connections.”

McEndarfer is currently a first year student at NMCC and says he has aspirations to work overseas for disaster relief in communities affected by hurricanes and other natural disasters.
“This has given me a lot to think about and ideas to consider for my future,” he said.

According to the Association’s website, RLDAM was established in 1933. Among other things, the organization exists to advocate and nurture the interests of those associated with the retail lumber and building materials industries. RLDAM promotes communication within all facets of the lumber retail network and helps to establish educational opportunities to keep younger generations engaged with career opportunities.

As Dionne said, “It’s so crucial to help students make connections that bridge the gap between formal education and a career.”

To learn more about the Building Construction Technology program at NMCC, please visit the college online at nmcc.edu.

Scott Dionne (Left) congratulates Ben McEndarfer on receiving the Brian C. Thayer Memorial Scholarship.

Tidd Promoted in Houlton

S.W. Collins Company is pleased to announce the promotion of Scott Tidd to Houlton Store Manager.   Tidd, who started with the company as a contractor/project salesperson in 2013, has quickly built a reputation founded on hard work, dedication, and commitment to legendary customer service.  Before joining S.W. Collins, he spent 24 years with The Light House selling windows, doors, and siding first in Houlton, and then opening and managing their new division, Aroostook Door & Window in Presque Isle.  His experience in the industry and servant’s heart make him an ideal choice for leading S.W. Collins Company’s Southern Aroostook retail store.

“Scott enjoys educating the customer on the best options for their project and understands the importance of providing great customer service,” said Sam Collins, president of S.W. Collins.

Tidd takes over for longtime store manager and ‘Mr. Houlton’ himself, Greg Fitzpatrick.  Fitzpatrick has been an immutable force in the hardware and building products industry for over 40 years, starting with Almon H. Fogg Company. He will continue his career with S.W. Collins Company as a lead sales professional in Houlton committed to serve his community through solving problems and building solutions.

S.W. Collins is a fifth-generation Aroostook County lumber and building supply dealer with locations in Lincoln, Houlton, Presque Isle, Caribou and Fort Kent.  Their commitment to offering excellent products and legendary service has been the core of the business since 1844.

Nelson Wins Harley Davidson!

Otis Nelson of Modern Roofing & Siding in Ashland is the Grand Prize winner at National Nail’s CAMO Screw Off! held at the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association (NRLA) LBM Expo in Providence, Rhode Island on Feb. 14, 2018. Representing his dealer S.W. Collins Co. in Presque Isle, where he first qualified, Nelson beat out 28 other competitors in the action-packed deck fastening event to win a 2017 Harley-Davidson® motorcycle.  There were 42 contractors who qualified from local lumberyard events this past spring and summer.

“The CAMO Screw Off was an exciting event, starting at my lumber dealer SW Collins all the way to finals here in Rhode Island,” said Nelson.  “It was a great way to learn more about CAMO’s deck fastening products. I can’t wait to take a cruise on the new bike!”

During the event, finalists faced off in a series of speed competitions with the winner moving onto the next round. The “Elite 8” then battled down to two finalists with Nelson taking first place with a winning time of 41.5 seconds. The other finalists were awarded cash prizes.

“We couldn’t have planned a more successful event,” said W. Scott Baker, CEO, National Nail. “The competition was intense–everyone came to win, with many of the contractors practicing for months. We congratulate Otis Nelson who gets to drive home a new Harley-Davidson® motorcycle.”

Designed by National Nail to provide hands-on experience with its CAMO Deck Edge Fastening system, the CAMO Screw Off was hosted by CAMO stocking dealers this past summer and fall in a series of deck fastening speed contests.  The unique system, comprised of propriety guides, drill bits and fasteners, fastens deck boards on the edge, to give decks a more beautiful, barefoot-friendly, fastener-free surface.

In the coming months, National Nail is expected to announce the details for the next round of CAMO Screw Off! events. For more information on the CAMO Screw Off!, visit www.camofasteners.com/screw-off

S.W. Collins is a fifth-generation Aroostook County lumber and building supply dealer with locations in Lincoln, Houlton, Presque Isle, Caribou and Fort Kent.  Their commitment to offering excellent products and legendary service has been the core of the business since 1844.

S.W. Collins Supports VA Clinic

The Caribou VA Clinic recently installed three large planters in front of the entrance to their facility.  The S.W. Collins Company stepped up to provide drainage stone and soil to fill the planters making them ready for flowers.  Photo From left: Michael J. Daigle, incoming commander American Legion Post 145 in Frenchville, Nick Plourde, assistant manager Caribou S.W. Collins, Devin Martin, S.W. Collins sales associate and Richard Pelletier, Jr., incoming service officer American Legion Post 147 in Madawaska.

S.W. Collins Makes $50,000 Pledge To Caribou Schools

Caribou – S.W. Collins, a family-run small business whose roots are firmly planted in Caribou, has pledged a total of $50,000 towards the gymnasium and music space in the proposed new elementary school project in RSU 39.

Giving back to the community is a core component of the company’s mission statement. “For more than 170 years, our family and the families of our employees have benefited from an excellent education from what is now RSU 39. We feel an obligation to ensure that the future generations are afforded the same excellence in education. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our communities and we want to get it right,” stated Sam Collins, President of S.W. Collins.

The proposed new elementary school for grades Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade will replace four existing RSU 39 buildings, and will be built almost entirely with state funding with the exception of an estimated $2.3 million for a second gym and enhanced music area. The elimination of the four buildings, all with gymnasiums, has presented a challenge to the community because the state will only fund one gymnasium. The instructional needs serving ten grades of students, the school’s sports teams, and various community clubs need for gymnasium time cannot be met with one gymnasium.

A local organization, The Friends of Caribou Schools, is working diligently to raise at least $1 million of the $2.3 million needed to construct the second gymnasium and additional space for the music program to ensure adequate fitness programming and a continuance of excellence in the music education and performance opportunities for our students. For additional information on the new school project, visit www.rsu39.org, and to learn about how you can support the fundraising effort for the second gym and expanded music space, visit focsRSU39.wix.com/focs. You can also contact the Superintendent’s office at 207.496.6311.

S.W. Collins is a fifth-generation Aroostook County lumber and building supply dealer with locations in Lincoln, Houlton, Presque Isle, Caribou and Fort Kent. Their commitment to offering excellent products and legendary service has been the core of the business since 1844. For more information, visit www.SWCollins.com.

A check presentation ceremony was recently held with representatives of S.W. Collins and The Friends of Caribou Schools.  Front from left: Todd Pelletier, Pat Collins, Tim Doak, Don Collins and Bob White. Back row from left: Gregg Collins, Sam Collins, Robert Sprague and Lynn McNeal.
A check presentation ceremony was recently held with representatives of S.W. Collins and The Friends of Caribou Schools. Front from left: Todd Pelletier, Pat Collins, Tim Doak, Don Collins and Bob White. Back row from left: Gregg Collins, Sam Collins, Robert Sprague and Lynn McNeal.

S.W. Collins Honored With Elite Membership

For more than 100 years, 172 to be exact, S.W. Collins Company has been serving the northern Maine community supplying lumber and other building materials to builders, remodelers and homeowners – and providing a livelihood for generations of employees. In recognition of these accomplishments, the Company has been named a member of the LBM Century Club by LBM Journal, which is the leading media company serving America’s lumber and building material industry.

“We’re honoring lumberyards with a century or more of service to their communities and to our industry,” says LBM Journal Publisher and Editor Rick Schumacher. “Since 1844, S.W. Collins Company has served customers without fail. They have weathered economic storms with resilience and have adapted to ever-changing trends in housing, business management, environmental requirements and design trends, and have kept communities strong along the way.”

“We are honored to be included in this special group of building material dealers and we attribute our continuity to our loyal customers and our dedicated talented employees that are driven to serve the customers and their communities in which they live,” said Sam Collins, current president of the company.

S.W. Collins is a fifth-generation Aroostook County lumber and building supply dealer with locations in Lincoln, Houlton, Presque Isle, Caribou and Fort Kent. Their commitment to offering excellent products and legendary service has been the core of the business since 1844.
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S.W. Collins Co. was recently named a member of the LBM Century Club by LBM Journal, which is the leading media company serving America’s lumber and building material industry. Employees at the Caribou location were presented with the honorable plaque. The original lumber mill opened at the same plot of land in Caribou in 1844.

Richards Earns Industry Certification

S.W. Collins Company is pleased to announce that Gaye Richards has earned certification as an Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer (AKBD) from the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), the leading trade association for the kitchen and bath industry.
The premiere hallmark for kitchen and bath professionals, NKBA Certification is based on written examinations and industry experience. NKBA certified designers must also meet mandatory continuing education requirements annually. The AKBD certification recognizes achievement in the competencies necessary for both kitchen and bathroom design.
Richards has six years of experience with S.W. Collins and thirty years of construction, design and teaching experience. She is known in the industry for having extensive building knowledge, is detail oriented and is a pleasure to work with. A Northern Maine Community College graduate and drafting instructor for her alma mater, Gaye also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Education at the University of Southern Maine.
“This certification reinforces my commitment to my customers by providing them with the highest quality of knowledge and services,” said Richards. “Staying on the cutting edge of new development while keeping informed of industry trends will ensure that each finished project is going to be exactly what the customer envisioned.”
The manager of the Home Design Center, Cindy Dufour, CKD, CAPS, stated, “We are fortunate to have Gaye on our S.W. Collins design team. With her drafting and teaching background, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her job. She is constantly pursuing the next steps and challenges in Kitchen and Bath education in order to become the best designer that she can be for her S.W. Collins customers.”
If you’re looking for help with upgrades to your current kitchen or bath or are building new, contact the S.W. Collins Co. Home Design Center at 207-496-0103 or visit their website at www.swcollins.com.
S.W. Collins is a fifth-generation Aroostook County lumber and building supply dealer with locations in Lincoln, Houlton, Presque Isle, Caribou and Fort Kent. Their commitment to offering excellent products and legendary service has been the core of the business since 1844.
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Donation Made To Caribou Fire & Ambulance Dept.

Smoke alarms provide a critical early warning of fire, allowing additional time to escape. National estimates of reported fires derived from the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) and the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA’s) fire department survey show that in 2009-2013, fires in homes with no smoke alarms caused an average of 940 deaths per year. An additional 510 people per year were fatally injured in fires in which smoke alarms were present but failed to operate.

The Caribou Fire and Ambulance Department (CFAD) works diligently educating area residents of the importance of taking personal responsibility when it comes to protecting yourself and your family from fire. Caribou firefighter Mike Divito spends countless hours coordinating the smoke alarm installation program with the goal of saving just one life.

“A working smoke alarm is a small price to pay for a life,” said Divito. “This program has aided CFAD in the installation of more than 300 smoke alarms in less than one year in Caribou and our surrounding communities that we work to keep safe,” said Chief Susi. “Without the generosity of companies like S.W. Collins, this project would not have such a quick and effective positive start as it has. I can’t thank them enough for helping us help the community.”

S.W. Collins Company recently made a matching donation of 30 smoke alarms to the CFAD’s smoke alarm installation program in an effort to ensure every household has a working smoke alarm. Store manager Todd Pelletier stated he is proud to be able to support the program especially during the holiday season and long winter months.

“We are thankful for companies like S.W. Collins who support our efforts in making a safer community,” added Divito.

S.W. Collins carries a variety of smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and escape ladders. For more information on fire safety, contact the Caribou Fire and Ambulance Department or visit their website at cariboufire.net.
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Photo Caption: S.W. Collins Company store manager Todd Pelletier (left) presented Caribou firefighter Mike Divito with thirty smoke detectors to assist the Department’s smoke alarm installation program. Pelletier is holding an escape ladder which is also available at the store.