S.W. Collins Co. receives community service award

Honors for 6th generation Maine family lumber and building supply company.
S.W. Collins gets community service award 10/2022
Sam Collins, from left, Clara Collins, Adam Collins and Gregg Collins receive community service award.

S.W. Collins Company, a Do it Best dealer, has received the Shep Lee (Auto Malls) community service award.

The award was presented by the Institute for Family-Owned Business (IFOB), a Portland, Maine, based nonprofit, in partnership with the MEMIC Group, a workers compensation insurance provider.

“We were thrilled to receive the Shep Lee award recognizing all the many volunteer hours that all our fellow Pioneers contribute and the donations that are made to make our communities better places to live and work. We are fortunate to be included with a great cast of some of the finest Maine family companies,” said Sam Collins, president of S.W. Collins Company.

IFOB’s annual awards spotlight Maine firms that demonstrate excellence in family involvement, business success and a commitment to employees, customers and community. 

Along with fifth generation owners Sam Collins and Gregg Collins and sixth generation leaders Clara Collins and Adam Collins, the company said it is “fortunate to have many talented people motivated by company values: Respect, deliver, together, learn and care.”

This year’s honorees were selected from a record 191 nominations and 32 semi-finalists that competed for seven awards, said the firm.

S.W. Collins store front
S.W. Collins Co. headquarters location in Lincoln, Maine.

“Over the last year, I have had the opportunity to connect virtually with many other leaders of their family businesses through the IFOB,” said Clara Collins, operations manager.

“I was honored that our company was nominated by Lindsay Skilling of Gifford’s Ice Cream after getting to connect with her on multiple occasions to ask questions or for advice and learn about her experiences and all the incredible opportunities the IFOB offers its members,” she said.

Investing in people, technology, material handling equipment and drive thru lumberyard storage buildings sets the company apart from the competition, said S.W. Collins Company.

“It means so much to me, my dad, my Uncle Gregg, my cousin Adam, and all our Pioneers, to be recognized alongside so many strong family businesses in Maine,” said Collins.

Since 1844, S.W. Collins Company’s mission has been to “…offer excellent products and legendary service as we strive to be an active, positive influence in the communities in which we live and work.”

Education and training of “Pioneers” via SWC University, said the firm, is of utmost importance to provide the customer with solutions and quality products for their home repair and building needs.

S.W. Collins, based in Lincoln, Maine, is a lumber and building supply dealer with retail locations in Lincoln, Houlton, Presque Isle, Caribou and Fort Kent, a millwork shop, a kitchen and bath design center and an outdoor sporting goods store.