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.