SW Collins Wins Community Service Award

Sam, Clara, Adam and Gregg Collins accept the Community Service Award.

The Institute for Family-Owned Business, a Portland-based nonprofit organization, in partnership with the MEMIC Group, a Portland-based workers’ compensation insurance provider, presented SW Collins Company with the Shep Lee ( Auto Malls) Community Service Award, nominated for one of the founders of the IFOB at their 2022 Maine Family Business Annual Awards Ceremony.

Since 1844, the mission of SW Collins Company has been to “…provide excellent products and legendary service as we strive to be an active and positive influence in the communities in which we live and work”. With fifth generation owners Sam Collins and Gregg Collins and sixth generation leaders Clara Collins and Adam Collins, the company is fortunate to have many talented people driven by the company’s values; Respect, Deliver, Together, Learn and Care, IFOB, said. As coaches, church leaders, directors and board members, referees, clowns and school volunteers, they contribute to our communities outside the walls of their stores.

Accepting the award, company president Sam Collins exclaimed, “We were delighted to receive the Shep Lee Award recognizing all of the many volunteer hours that all of 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 part of a great cast of some of Maine’s best family businesses.

This year’s winners were selected from a record 191 nominations and 32 semi-finalists who competed for seven awards. The annual IFOB awards highlight Maine businesses that demonstrate excellence in family involvement, business success, and commitment to employees, customers, and the community.

The investment in personnel, technology, material handling equipment and operation in the lumber yard storage buildings sets the company apart from the competition. The education and training of “pioneers” through SWC University is of the utmost importance in providing the customer with quality solutions and products for their home repair and construction needs. The semi-annual community grants program has contributed to countless organizations in northern Maine in addition to supporting local schools and events that foster community relationships.

“Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to connect virtually with many other leaders of their family businesses through IFOB,” said Clara Collins, Chief Operating Officer. “I was honored that our company was nominated by Lindsay Skilling of Gifford’s Ice Cream after being able to reach out to her many times to ask questions or for advice, and to learn more about her experiences and all the amazing opportunities that the IFOB offers to its members. It means so much to me, my father, my uncle Gregg, my cousin Adam and all of our pioneers, to be recognized alongside so many strong family businesses in Maine.

SW Collins is a sixth-generation Aroostook County lumber and building materials dealer with outlets in Lincoln, Houlton, Almost Isle, Caribou and Fort Kent, a carpentry shop, kitchen design center and bathrooms and an outdoor sporting goods store. Their commitment to excellent products and legendary service has been at the heart of the company since 1844.

Norma P. Rex