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.
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.

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.
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 swcollins.com

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 www.swcollins.com.

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 lesliej@swcollins.com or visit our website at swcollins.com.