Deering Lumber, the Biddeford, Maine-based pro dealer, has purchased two stores from New England Building Materials, according to a report in Wired Weekly, the newsletter of the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association (NRLA). Deering now operates four retail locations.
New England Building Materials filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and closed its three yards in Massachusetts in February, four months after shuttering yards in Springvale and Windham, Maine, and selling three mid-coast Maine branches to Hammond Lumber. Its remaining locations were a retail outlet in Sanford, along with a sawmill.
At the end of April, the Sanford showroom reopened under the Deering name, while the Springvale location is being remodeled in hopes of reopening in June. New England Building Materials will continue to operate its sawmill and sell products through Deering stores.
Originally called Lavalley Lumber, New England Building Materials started as a lumber mill in 1943 until 2009, when it purchased three Massachusetts yards from Stock Building Supply and became New England Building Materials.