Hancock Lumber expands in Maine
Hancock Lumber, the Casco, Maine-based pro dealer, has acquired Mainely Trusses.
Based in Fairfield, Maine, Mainely Trusses is a market-leading roof and floor truss manufacturer. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
In prepared statement, Hancock Lumber said that Mainely Trusses is a great fit for the dealer. The move also makes Hancock Lumber the first retailer in Maine to own and operate its own roof and floor truss manufacturing facility.
“Mainely Trusses has an excellent reputation in the construction industry across Maine. The company also has a set of core values that we like, admire and feel is aligned with Hancock’s,” said Hancock Lumber President and CEO Kevin Hancock. “People matter at Mainely Trusses and the company has high standards in terms of employee engagement and customer service. We felt there was a lot we could learn from the company and some value we could add. When the opportunity to acquire Mainely Trusses materialized we recognized quickly that it would be a good long-term move that strengthened both companies.”
Manufacturing is not new to Hancock Lumber: the company’s roots began in 1848 with milling logs into lumber and continues today with its three Eastern White Pine sawmills and wall panel manufacturing facility. Adding engineered truss systems to their manufacturing portfolio offers another key product line for their customers in Maine and New Hampshire, the company said.
“The people, products and reputation of Mainely Trusses have always been very important to me,” said Mike Boulet, general manager of Mainely Trusses. “When the opportunity to join the Hancock team presented itself, it quickly became evident that the two companies shared the same values. Transitioning ownership to a company that could help continue to improve Mainely Trusses for its employees and customers is the top priority for me.”
Including Mainely Trusses, Hancock Lumber now operates 10 retail locations in Maine and New Hampshire along with sawmill and timberland operations. The company also operates three Home Again design centers in the Pine Tree State.
84 Lumber opens in Florida Keys
Rebuilding continues in the Florida Keys, and that’s where 84 Lumber opened its newest store.
To meet what it describes as a growing need for lumber and building materials across Florida, particularly after the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma last year, 84 Lumber has opened a new location in Big Pine Key (photo below).
Located along the Overseas Highway, this retail store will be easily accessible to residents in Big Pine Key as well as surrounding areas connected by the highway, including Bahia Honda Key, West Summerland Key and Little Torch Key.
With a strong presence already established in Florida, 84 Lumber’s newest location offers local communities building materials such as roofing, trim, treated lumber, windows and doors, 84 Lumber said. The company provides special orders to local residents in need and single-day turnaround for more specific projects. A 2,275-square-feet showroom is also on the property.
“In Big Pine Key, we’re continuing 84 Lumber’s tradition of offering high-quality, essential building materials,” said 84 Lumber’s chief operating officer Frank Cicero. “The timing is especially important to the Florida Keys and surrounding areas as they continue to rebuild in the aftermath of Irma.”
Based in Eighty Four, Pa., 84 Lumber operates more than 250 stores, component manufacturing plants, custom door shops, custom millwork shops and engineered wood product (EWP) centers in 30 states. In addition to Big Pine Key, the company has recently opened stores in Riverhead, N.Y.; Holbrook, Mass; Ruskin, Fla.; and Greensboro, N.C.
Dealers honored by trim manufacturer
Maryland building supply company TW Perry, a former HBSDealer Pro Dealer of the Year, was named to a list of honorees for “Versatexcellence.”
Citing “dedication to growth, education and brand promotion” during 2017, Versatex Building Products recognized TW Perry of Gaithersburg, Md., as “Dealer of the Year. Versatex is a manufacturer of wood-alternative trim board, and other products.
Also on the Versatexcellence list were:
• Builder of the Year: Seifert Construction, of Mattituck, N.Y.
• Distributor of the Year: BlueLinx Corp., of Charleston, S.C.
• Fabricator of the Year: Flower Window Boxes, of Cumming, Ga.
• Distributor Sales Rep of the Year: Jim Detwiler, of Dixie Plywood and Lumber Co., Orlando, Fla.
• Market Development Specialist of the Year: Nick Leugers, who is based in Semmes, Ala.
• Regional Sales Manager of the Year: Matt Cullen, who is based in Columbia, Md.
“Since 2005, we’ve made a point of honoring those who’ve done the most to move our organization forward,” said Rick Kapres, Versatex sales VP. “It’s always difficult to choose just one organization or individual from a field that’s notable for such outstanding quality and service. But each of this year’s winners is a genuine standout.”
Kapres also named the six dealers selected for the 2017 regional Versatexcellence Awards:
• Northeast: Hinckley Home Center, Norwich, Mass.
• East Coast: Siding Depot/Passaic Metals Group, Asbury Park, N.J.
• Southeast: Espy Lumber, Hilton Head, S.C.
• Gulf States: Manning Lumber Co., Jacksonville, Fla.
• Midwest: Wilson Lumber, Wilmington, Pa.
• Great Lakes: Spring Arbor Lumber, Spring Arbor, Mich.
TW Perry was named Pro Dealer of the Year in 2011 by Home Channel News, the forerunner of HBSDealer.