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‘Exciting’ growth at Hancock Lumber

Pro dealer adds showrooms and a new headquarters with more to come.

BY Andy Carlo

Operations are busy at Hancock Lumber this spring to say the least.

Last month Hancock Lumber celebrated the opening of its new showroom in Yarmouth, Maine with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The showroom opened last December.

The opening of the Hancock Lumber Kitchen Design Showroom marks an addition to where Hancock has maintained a yard presence since 1984.

The move also comes in conjunction with Hancock’s Windham showroom, which opened its doors this past February. Hancock plans another ribbon cutting ceremony for the Windham showroom this June.

If the pro dealer wasn’t busy enough, May 14 was the first official day at Hancock Lumber’s new headquarters in Casco.

Located about 3.5 miles down the road from its previous headquarters, the new locale brings a campus feel back to the dealer. The new headquarters are located across the street from a Hancock Lumber sawmill and adjacent to the Casco yard.

A concept drawing of Hancock Lumber’s new headquarters.

While landscaping and some exterior work are still a work in progress, the new offices house 20 corporate employees in an 8,000-square-foot space. The exterior siding on the new building features Hancock pine manufactured right across the street.

Last month Hancock Lumber published a video on YouTube documenting the progress of the new facilities.

Kevin Hancock, president and CEO of Hancock Lumber, reflected on the history of the company – and how it ties together with the latest moves – in an email sent to company employees.

“In a way, the company will come full circle tomorrow. You see, there was a time when the entire company was located here on the edge of the Edes Falls Road. The sawmill was on the pond to the right.  The store was in front by the road. The long center of the building was filled with pine bins and other building materials. The planing mill was located just up the road past the cemetery.  Continuing down the Edes Falls Road past the building you entered company timberlands.  It was all right here.  This was, in its day, the entire company. I remember as a small boy running down the same narrow halls we use today to visit my grandmother as she extended the handwritten billings and turned them into invoices to be mailed,” Hancock said.

The interior of Hancock Lumber’s new showroom in Yarmouth, Maine.

“Slowly, the company branched out. First the sawmill moved over to Route 11 in Casco, and then the retail store moved up the street–eventually moving to Bridgton.  Today, just the corporate office is left, but there was a time when this was all of Hancock Lumber,” Hancock explained. “Now, as the office team moves to Route 11, we are completing a circle generations in the making.  The new home office is rejoining the modern business of manufacturing, retailing, and logistics.  Casco is going to have one Hancock Lumber campus again.”

Hancock Marketing and Communications Director Erin Plummer describes the new offices as an “architecturally-driven, modern building.”

“It has been all positive growth and reinvestments for Team Hancock—a tribute to the energy, enthusiasm, and focus our employees put in every day they come to work,” Plummer told HBSDealer.

“And there are more exciting moves to come,” she added.

The company recently submitted its building plans for a new yard on an 11-acre site in Saco. An opening is expected in 2020, according to Plummer.

Following the latest expansion moves by Hancock, the company now operates nine yards, seven kitchen design showrooms, its Mainely Trusses truss plant, and three Eastern White Pine sawmills.

 

 

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