Hammond Lumber acquires EBS to dominate Maine market
June 29, 2018 | 3:32 pm UTC
Hammond Lumber is a third generation, family-owned company since 1953 and has more than $250 million in sales, more than 800 employees and 21 locations.

Hammond Lumber Company has acquired EBS Building Supplies, a Maine-based lumber and building materials dealer, and their 10 coastal locations. The acquisition makes Hammond the largest lumber and building materials dealer in Maine and one of the largest independent dealers in the country. The third generation, family-owned company since 1953 has more than $250 million in sales, more than 800 employees and 21 locations.

Hammond acquired all 10 EBS locations, including Bar Harbor, Belfast, Blue Hill, Bucksport, Calais, Camden, Cherryfield, Ellsworth, Machias and Rockland. The locations and more than 300 employees will continue to operate with a retail hardware-oriented focus and sell lumber and building materials.

"As we celebrate our 65th anniversary, we are excited to begin a new chapter in our history and look forward to welcoming the EBS employees to our family company,” said Mike Hammond, president/CEO of Hammond. “We have a tremendous amount of respect for the company and the success of their leadership and employees over the past 48 years, that all started when Austin Goodyear founded the company. From a business perspective, their 10 locations along the coast are a great addition and a perfect geographic fit for us to serve more customers across the state and specifically eastern Maine."

Hammond Lumber Company, based in Belgrade, is a third-generation Maine family-owned business that was recently named the top Maine company in sales on the Prosales Top 100 list, ranked 36th in the country. The company carries a full line of forest products, and specializes in eastern white pine, sawing more than 6,500,000 board feet each year. The company has been recognized nationally for their commitment to workplace safety as a recipient of the National Safety Council's Occupational Excellence Achievement Award.

Ellsworth Builder's Supply, Inc., founded by Austin Goodyear, was established in 1959 as a subsidiary of the Ellsworth Falls Lumber Co., Inc. The company was recently ranked 80th on the Prosales Top 100 list as sales have grown steadily to more than $80 million.

Hammond will continue to employ the EBS employees, bringing the total number of Hammond employees to more than 800. As part of the announcement, Hammond plans to close the company's Pemaquid and Wilton locations and reassign employees to the Farmington and Damariscotta stores.

The 11 current Hammond locations in Auburn, Bangor, Belgrade, Boothbay Harbor, Brunswick, Damariscotta, Fairfield, Farmington, Greenville, Portland and Skowhegan will continue to operate with a pro-oriented lumber and building materials supply focus.

To learn more about Hammond, visit www.hammondlumber.com.


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