ELLSWORTH — Hammond Lumber Co. announced Wednesday that it had purchased EBS Building Supplies, which employs more 300 people across its 10 locations in Hancock, Washington and Knox counties.
The announcement was made at the Ellsworth store. EBS also has locations in Bar Harbor, Belfast, Blue Hill, Bucksport, Calais, Camden, Cherryfield, Machias and Rockland.
Hammond, a third-generation, family-owned company based in Belgrade, is the largest lumber and building materials dealer in Maine and ranks among the top 20 dealers in the country, according to a press release announcing the acquisition.
The company reports more than $250 million in sales and, with the purchase of EBS, now employs more than 800 people at 21 locations.
EBS stores will remain open and current employees will remain on the job, according to the press release.
“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 … 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.”
As part of the announcement, Hammond announced it plans to close the company’s Pemaquid and Wilton locations and reassign employees to the Farmington and Damariscotta stores. Other Hammond locations will remain open.
“Our leadership felt this was the right decision and is a win-win, most importantly because it is a great opportunity for employees to become part of the Hammond family,” said Dwayne Webber, former president of EBS and current Hammond employee. “We share the same values and place a tremendous focus on providing extraordinary customer service. In many ways, it will be business as usual.”
“We’ve always admired them,” said Bob Jancewicz, vice president of purchasing at EBS. “They’ve always admired us.”
He said Hammond Lumber approached EBS about joining forces and the deal has been in the works since last August.
The two Maine companies thought they would be better together than as competitors, Jancewicz said.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Ellsworth Builders Supply, Inc. was established in 1959 as a subsidiary of the Ellsworth Falls Lumber Co. Inc.
Reporter Jennifer Osborn contributed to this report.