1953: Our founder, Clifton “Skip” Hammond begins a diesel-powered sawmill operation in Belgrade. Later this year, Skip buys out his partner for $50, hires two employees and Hammond Lumber  Company is on its way!




1967: All of Hammond Lumber Company’s retail stores can trace their beginnings to 1967, when Skip’s son, Donald, started our retail division. The first store, and still our home base, was in Belgrade.
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1975: A new mill is built and our second retail store opens in Skowhegan.old saw mill

1983: 1983A fire burns the Starbird Lumber building, we buy it and open our third location in Farmington.
fire farmington

19871987: One of our pride and joys is our Maine Pine Log Homes division.  It dates to 1987, when we began manufacturing these extraordinary living spaces. mplh

19891989: Peter Allen Lumber is acquired and becomes our fourth location, serving customers in the Lewiston-Auburn area.




19911991: The store in Greenville is purchased from its previous owner, serving customers in the Dexter, Jackman, Rockwood, and Moosehead Lake region.

199619961996: Skip Hammond steps down and hands over the reins of leadership to his son, Donald. A third generation is involved, too: Donald’s son, Mike, is now Vice President.




19971997: Fairfield Lumber in Fairfield is purchased and becomes our sixth location, serving customers in Central Maine.




20022002: The former Wickes store in Bangor is bought, re-opens as our seventh location, and serves customers in Northern and Eastern Maine.
Bangor store from above
20032003: 50th Anniversary!



20062006: We remodel the Belgrade and Bangor stores to add showrooms, administrative and warehouse space.
Bangor showroom

20072007: FSC chain of custody certification is achieved, allowing us to sell certified wood products throughout Maine.




20082008: Our eighth location opens in Portland, Maine, with experienced sales professionals and a drive through warehouse.
Portland newspaper article plaque

2010May: May, 2010: Downeast Building Supply in Brunswick, Maine, is purchased from the Morrell family. The acquisition brings more certified kitchen designers and a sales team whose home is the Southern Mid-Coast region of Maine.
November: November, 2010: Hammond Lumber Company purchases the assets of Pineland Lumber Company of Lewiston.



20112011: Our tenth, eleventh, and twelfth stores are added Founders Skip and Verna HammondDamariscotta, Boothbay Harbor, and Pemaquid. These stores were formerly known as Poole Brothers and New England Building Materials. After working with both contractors and home owners in these areas over the years, we now have a permanent presence that gives us the opportunity to provide more of the personalized service that drives our customer service excellence.

(Pictured: Founders Skip and Verna Hammond)

20132013: We celebrate our 60th anniversary!
Sixty years ago, Clifton “Skip” Hammond borrowed $50 from his wife, Verna, bought a saw mill and started a lumber business in Belgrade, Maine.

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20142014: We purchase the assets of Dexter Supply in Wilton, representing a hand-off from one long-time Maine family business to another. Located five miles from our Farmington facility, it becomes our 13th store.

Wilton crew

2017: Hammond Lumber Company Names Mike Hammond President/CEO. Don Hammond takes the role of vice President. Don continues his oversight of log procurement, eastern white pine manufacturing, and fleet management. Mike continues manage over retail business and relationships with our contractors and vendors.

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