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Robbins Lumber announced the acquisitions of two Maine sawmills in Hancock and Sanford. Both sawmills, previously owned by Pleasant River Lumber Company, will retain all employees post-acquisition.

According to Robbins Lumber, the acquisition will allow the company to build upon its brand of Eastern White Pine production, which it already produces from existing locations in Searsmont and East Baldwin in Maine.

“Robbins Lumber is recognized for its quality products, safety, and great employees,” co-owner Catherine Robbins-Halsted said in a prepared statement. “The addition of these two sawmills along with more than 70 new members of the Robbins Lumber team will not only grow this company’s ability to produce, but it will also grow this company’s reputation throughout the region.

Robbins Lumber is co-owned by Robbins-Halsted and her siblings Jim and Alden Robbins. The owners are the fifth generation of the Robbins family to own and manage the operation. The company owns and manages 30,000 acres of its own forests and buys logs from more than 150 independent logos. Headquartered in Searsmont, with a milling operation on a 40-acre site, Robbins Lumber’s main location includes a 8.5 MW cogeneration plant, a computerized sawmill, planing mills, and 70,000 square feet of warehouse space.

“This acquisition is a game changer. We are now a four sawmill/planer mill, biomass power plant, and coatings facility company with an expanded customer base,” Jim Robbins said. “Our geographic footprint now covers a larger area of our state, and we have a strategic plan to continue investing and growing this business.

The acquired Hancock location will now be known as Robbins Lumber Downeast and the Sanford sawmill will be known as Robbins Lumber Sanford.

“These two locations will help to make Robbins Lumber even better, and even stronger,” said Alden Robbins. “We are very proud of our existing workforce, and adding the new members of our Robbins Lumber family to the mix will only add to the company’s exceptional reputation, customer service, and work ethic. To put it simply, this is an exciting time for Robbins Lumber.”