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.


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Caribou – Susan Lucier                                            Presque Isle – Matt Calhoun

Houlton-Ruth-Levesque      Lincoln-Sharon-Stratton
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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 lesliej@swcollins.com or visit our website at swcollins.com.

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 houseinthewoods.org.

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.


S.W. Collins Named “Independent Pro Dealer of the Year”

January 21, 2015

Caribou – Home Channel News, the building products and home improvement retailing magazine of Lebhar-Friedman Inc., named S.W. Collins Co. as the 2014 Independent Pro Dealer of the Year.

S.W. Collins, “The Pioneer Lumberyard,” serves Maine through four locations in Presque Isle, Houlton, Lincoln and its headquarters in Caribou.

The annual award, selected by editors of Home Channel News with the input of key suppliers and industry stakeholders, is designed to recognize a high-performance company with a commitment to best practices and the best values of the lumber and building material industry.

“The Independent Pro Dealer of the Year Award has a long tradition of recognizing a forward-thinking family business,” said Ken Clark, editor in chief of Home Channel News. “S.W. Collins has earned that reputation over five generations.”

The company manages a new design center, a custom-millwork operation and a healthy windows and doors business. The family business’ growth-oriented mind-set is revealed in its 2013 acquisition of Haskell Lumber, and its current plans to relocate the lumberyard in a brand new Lincoln facility. With the relocation will come a 25,000-sq.-ft. drive-through lumberyard and an 18,000-sq.-ft. store and millwork warehouse.

“Our success for five generations is directly attributed to our engaged and dedicated employees who take pride in their job and understand that we need to be always customer-centric and be smarter each day in how we conduct business,” said Sam Collins. “As a company we are committed to investing in our infrastructure and more importantly in our people.”

Collins accepted the Independent Pro Dealer of the Year Award on behalf of the company during the 2014 Pro Dealer Industry Summit Oct. 28-30 in San Diego, California. The Summit was sponsored jointly by the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) and HCN.

During the 2014 Pro Dealer Industry Summit held in San Diego, California in October, sponsor Cathy Slater of Weyerhaeuser, (center) presents the 2014 Independent Pro Dealer of the Year award to Sam Collins, president (left) and Gregg Collins, vice-president (right) of S.W. Collins Company.  The award is selected by the editors of Home Channel News, which is a news magazine that serves retailers, wholesalers and distributors that sell hardware and home improvement products to do-it-yourself consumers and building professionals.