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
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.

S.W. Collins Co. Expanding to Ft. Kent

FORT KENT, Maine — Quigley’s Building Supply, located at 35 West Main Street in Fort Kent, will have a new owner. S.W. Collins Co. is expanding its fifth-generation, family-owned lumber and building supply company to include Quigley’s family business in the St. John Valley. The newly expanded S.W. Collins will continue to offer excellent products and legendary service in the community.

This change preserves the rich history of both multi-generational family-owned companies. The Quigley family has operated their business since 1944 after buying H.W. Coffin Lumber & Building Materials. Quigley’s Building Supply quickly developed a key role in the Valley as it became the general contractor for some of Fort Kent’s largest projects, such as Fort Kent Community High School, Pinkham Lumber Mill in Ashland, and some of the buildings at the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

Similarly, S.W. Collins Co. began in 1844, with the original Samuel Wilson Collins building a sawmill in Caribou that flourished in the central Aroostook area under his leadership. These similar traditions and values as a multi-generation family business will remain as the foundation of the Fort Kent location and the entire SW Collins Co. moving forward.

One might call this move the end of an era…or the beginning of a new one as the two family-owned businesses meld: “I am looking forward to retirement while Justin [Dubois] and ‘the crew’ will remain as the friendly faces you will continue to see when you walk through the doors,” says Karen Ouellette, previous owner. “Under the new ownership of Sam and Gregg [Collins], Quigley’s will not only grow and prosper, it will give customers, Valley-wide, a wider selection of products, continued great service, and great pricing opportunities for their building and hardware needs.”

Sam Collins, the President of S.W. Collins Co. and the third Sam Collins to guide the business, and Gregg Collins, Vice President, look forward to better serving the people of the St. John Valley. “My brother Gregg and I have always had a friendly and competitive relationship with the Quigley Company and we have the utmost respect for Karen, Justin, and the associates. We welcome Quigley’s into the S.W. Collins fold and are invigorated by the new opportunities. Being located in the St. John Valley will enable us to better serve all of Aroostook County and beyond more efficiently. The entire S.W. Collins Co. is excited about becoming a part of the fabric of the local community and playing an active and positive role.”

S.W. Collins Co. has lumber and building supply stores in Caribou, Presque Isle, Houlton and a recently opened store in Lincoln. The company also provides kitchen and bath design services at the Design Center in Caribou and at each store location. For more information about S.W. Collins Co., visit their website at

Dufour Earns CAPS Designation

If you’re like the majority of Americans over the age of 45, you want to continue living in a familiar environment throughout your maturing years. According to the AARP, older home owners overwhelmingly prefer to age inCindyD place, which means living in your home safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age or ability level.

Cindy Dufour, CKD, CAPS, has been the manager of the S.W. Collins Co. Design Center since 2004 and has achieved designation as a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) through the National Association of Home Builders. She is also the only Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) north of Bangor.

“I have been designing kitchens and baths for 27 years and previously worked as a RN for 20 years,” said Dufour. “Earning the CAPS designation further enhances my abilities to help people in our community stay in their homes longer and increase their quality of life. It is very rewarding to see the final results of my designs and how they make a difference in the lives of our customers.”

If you’re looking for help with aging-in-place options for your home or have a kitchen or bath project in mind, contact the S.W. Collins Co. Home Design Center at 207-496-0103 or visit their website at

S.W. Collins Company Named 2015 All Star

August 13, 2015

The term “All Star” is typically not used in the lumber and hardware industry, so when S.W. Collins Co. was named as one of the fifty All Stars in the 2015 Hardware + Building Supply Dealer All Star Project, it was bandied as quite an achievement.

The fifty Hardware All Stars – hardware stores, lumberyards and farm and ranch retailers – are selected from a wide variety of distributors, vendors and nominations from the industry. One business is selected from each state.

“This year’s Hardware All Star selection was the result of careful deliberation,” said Ken Clark, editor in chief of Hardware + Building Supply Dealer Magazine.  “When there are so many outstanding retailers to choose from, it’s hardly ever an easy choice.”

However, it’s the stores that go above and beyond the call of duty that get the prize, and that can mean different things for different retailers. This year’s Hardware All Star selection represented some of the country’s best product knowledge, customer service, and community involvement, as well as some of the best stories and idiosyncrasies.

President Sam Collins stated, “We are thrilled to be chosen as the 2015 Hardware All Star for the State of Maine.  The dedication and commitment to customer service and excellence from all our associates from Lincoln to Caribou have made this award possible.”

Though it’s been around for more than 170 years, this lumberyard company is still making big moves: It just opened up a new facility in Lincoln, featuring a 25,000-sq.-ft. drive-through lumberyard, an 18,000-sq.-ft. store and millwork warehouse.

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


Do It Best $1,000 Shopping Giveaway Winners


Caribou – Susan Lucier                                            Presque Isle – Matt Calhoun

Houlton-Ruth-Levesque      Lincoln-Sharon-Stratton
Houlton – Ruth Levesque                                         Lincoln – Sharon Stratton

Race Photos


Curtis-Wheeler           Gabrielle-Naranja              Evelyn-Roy

Curtis Wheeler – Men’s Winner         Gabrielle Naranja – Women’s Winner         Evelyn Roy – 1st place 4&Under


Race Results

1 Curtis Wheeler 16:11.90 24 Douglas Bailey 21:04.90
2 Evan Graves 16:41.10 25 Robert Losieniecki 21:17.70
3 Justin Fereshetiar 16:59.70 26 George Ferland 21:30.60
4 Thomas Beckum 17:06.90 27 Damien Tetlow 21:54.00
5 Lucas Kinney 17:10.10 28 Angela Ewings 22:29.20
6 Seth Hubbard 17:25.40 29 Craig Dubay 22:47.50
7 Paul Johnson 17:27.40 30 Tegan Ewings 22:53.70
8 Evan Desmond 17:46.60 31 Julie Bouchard 22:51.30
9 Isaiah Brown 17:49.10 32 Andrew Bouchard 23:51.50
10 Bradley Burlock 18:03.60 33 Vicky Ouellette 23:58.50
11 Chathu Karunasirn 18:08.10 34 Brent Bailey 26:10.20
12 Caleb Hunter 18:12.30 35 Chris Smith 26:22.80
13 Mitchell St. Peter 18:26.10 36 Kyle Boucher 28:00.00
14 Gabrielle Naranja 19:41.60 37 Kayley Bell 28:13.70
15 Trevor Levesque 19:35.50 38 Stephanie Coffin 28:27.10
16 Shane Durost 20:08.10 39 Bev Clark 31:25.30
17 Steven Desmond 20:13.90 40 Angela Hannigan 31:39.80
18 Joe Ewings 20:16.50 41 Susie Schloman 31:48.30
19 Gabe Massey 20:23.60 42 Katie Corriveau 35:08.70
20 Dan Randolf 20:27.20 WALKERS    
21 Jeff Irving 20:28.30 1 Guat


22 Nicolas Alfare 20:39.40 2 Jane Dickison  
23 Carl Soderberg 20:55.60 3 Diane Sky  


S.W. Collins 5K Road Race & Kids Fun Run

June 11 , 2015

Caribou – The S.W. Collins Company’s 5K road race, the third in the series of seven races in the Aroostook Musterd’s County Challenge Series, will be held June 21, 2015, beginning in the parking lot at 6 Washburn Street in Caribou. Age divisions for the race will be 14 and under, 15 to 18, 19 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59, 60 to 69, 70 and over and a walkers division.

The Kids Fun Run will be run in the yard of the S.W. Collins Company looping around the buildings and running along the pond where logs once floated before being sawed in the mill. The five divisions are ages 4 and under, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and ages 11-12 and the race will range from sprints to three laps around the buildings.

Registration for all the races will start at 8:30 a.m and the Kids Fun Races will begin at 9:00 am.  The walkers’ race will start at 9:45 a.m. and the runners’ race will start at 10:00am.

All proceeds from the $12.00 registration fee will be donated to Caribou High School Athletics.  The first seventy-five participants will receive a T-shirt and there will be a drawing for a pair of running shoes donated by Sleepers’ Shopping Center in Caribou.

For additional race information contact Leslie Jackson at 496-6723, email or visit our website at

S.W. Collins Makes Donation to House in the Woods

June 3, 2015

Lincoln – As part of the grand opening celebration of its new store in Lincoln, the S.W. Collins Company made a presentation to House in the Woods whose mission is to create a therapeutic, recreational, and educational retreat for our nation’s U.S. armed forces and their families.  The non-profit organization is currently constructing a new building at its home base in Lee and the $2,500 donation will go towards the purchase of new windows.

Paul and Dee House are the parents of Sgt. Joel A. House who was killed in Taji, Iraq in 2007 while serving with the U.S. Army’s 1st Calvary Division of Fort Hood, Texas. In an effort to keep their son’s memory alive, family and friends have established an outdoor retreat program that assists our returning veterans in the journey towards healing the mental and physical pain of loss.

“We are very appreciative to S.W. Collins for contributing to the construction of our new building,” said Paul House. “We have a long ways to go but this will definitely help our efforts to complete the project.”

The donation was presented to the House family by Don Collins, former president of S.W. Collins and World War II Veteran who fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

President Sam Collins stated, “We are pleased to be able to assist with the building of the House in the Woods and honor our many Veterans and fallen heroes. We all owe a debt of gratitude to the many men and women who have served our country to keep us safe and free.”

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

For more information on House in the Woods, visit their website at

S.W. Collins Co. recently presented a check valued at $2,500 in windows to House in the Woods Military and Family Retreat located in Lee, Maine. Pictured (left to right): Sam Collins, president of S.W. Collins Co.; Dee House, mother of fallen soldier Sgt. Joel House; Gregg Collins, vice president of S.W. Collins Co., Donald Collins, former president of S.W. Collins Co.; Paul House, father of Sgt. Joel House and Bill Emery, father of fallen soldier Sgt. Blair Emery.  The House’s grandson looks on.

S.W. Collins Opens New Store in Lincoln

February 23, 2015

Lincoln – A once vacant lot on West Broadway in Lincoln has come to life as S.W. Collins Company officially opened the doors to its new store on February 17.  The local lumber and building supply store was previously located on Main Street and has occupied the former Haskell Lumber building for the past two years.

The new location provides 43,000-square-feet of storefront, materials warehouse and storage area and is immediately accessible off I-95. It is in close proximity to the other retail sectors in Lincoln and it has good access to Route 2 and West Broadway.

“Everyone has been working very hard to get to this day,” said Scott Dionne, District Manager.  “We’ve pushed through the cold and snow these past few weeks to relocate materials to the new location to make sure we wouldn’t miss a beat.”

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

A formal grand opening celebration will be held during the third week of May which will feature vendor promotions, door prizes and a ribbon cutting ceremony.