Saco, Maine — Hancock Lumber has officially broken ground at the future home of its tenth lumberyard and kitchen design showroom in Saco, Maine. The newest location will be Hancock’s fifteenth overall, adding to its existing network of lumberyards and kitchen design showrooms, eastern white pine sawmills, truss and wall panel manufacturing facilities, and home office.
Hancock Lumber’s COO, Mark Hopkins, thanked the City of Saco for its enthusiasm in welcoming Hancock Lumber and for its willingness to proactively work with Hancock Lumber, ultimately creating a smooth planning board approval process. Joined by City of Saco officials, Mayor Marston Lovell, Sen. Justin Chenette, the Biddeford Saco Chamber of Commerce, KW Architects, TPD Construction, and Sebago Technics building partners, Hancock’s leadership team celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony commemorating the start of construction and their York County expansion.
“On behalf of the City of Saco, thank you for choosing our city for your first new lumber yard project since 2005. Hancock will be joining the development surge happening along our Route 1 Opportunity Zone, joining businesses that represent multiple industries and sectors. Welcome to Saco!” said Denise Clavette, Saco’s director of planning and development.
Located near the corner of Route 1 and Cascade Road, this site is the hub of continued economic development, is highly visible, and offers exceptional access to Scarborough, OOB, Biddeford and I-95. Hancock Lumber Saco will position the company to better serve its current and prospective customers in southern Cumberland County and northern York County. While Hancock Lumber has covered the market from Scarborough to Biddeford for decades, a permanent presence with a dedicated store and sales team will improve service and provide even greater access and faster deliveries into these markets.
“Hancock Lumber has gone through an impressive evolution, with over six generations successfully developing their unique log to lumber business model,” Mayor Lovell remarked. “Their location on the Portland Road is well situated to provide quality service to customers in Saco and neighboring communities. Hancock Lumber is an excellent addition to the diverse business community located along the Route 1 corridor.”
Situated on their recently acquired 11-acre parcel, Hancock Lumber will bring a 3,000 square-foot kitchen showroom, hardware store, 30,000 square-foot lumber yard, and 30 jobs to the community. This location will enable Hancock Lumber to better serve customers in Saco and the neighboring communities in York and Cumberland County. Hancock expects to open the new site summer of 2020.
Established in 1848, Hancock Lumber Company is a seventh generation, family-owned business operating a timberland company, a sawmill division and a network of lumberyards, kitchen design showrooms, and truss and wall panel manufacturing facilities. Led by their 560 employees, Hancock has six times been selected as a ‘Best Place to Work in Maine. Four of its locations have received OSHA’s highest safety certification, earning SHARP certifications at their Casco, Bethel, Pittsfield sawmills, and Bridgton lumberyard. The company is also a past recipient of the Maine Family Business of the Year Award, the Governor’s Award for Business Excellence, and the MITC ‘Exporter of the Year’ award.