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

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

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.