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Pleasant River Expands to Retail

Pleasant River Lumber Co., Dover-Foxcroft, Me., has entered the retail business with its acquisition of three-unit Ware-Butler Inc., Waterville, Me.

Pleasant River Lumber Co., Dover-Foxcroft, Me., has entered the retail business with its acquisition of three-unit Ware-Butler Inc., Waterville, Me.

Founded in the early 1920s, Ware-Butler operates retail yards in Waterville, Madison and Livermore Falls, Me.

“We are thrilled to work with the Brochu family to transition into this exciting new phase of Ware-Butler Inc.,” said Ware-Butler president Richard Giguere. “Our management team and I will be working conjointly with the PRL team to continue to increase the value of what we already offer to our loyal customers.”

Ware-Butler will continue to operate as a stand-alone company under Pleasant River.

Pleasant River co-president Jason Brochu said the firm has wanted to expand into retail for several years. It currently operates lumber mills in Dover-Foxcroft, Jackman, Enfield, Hancock and Sanford, Me.; trucking company Chaffee Transport, Clinton; saw filing/supply firm Quality Saw Sales & Service; and logging division A&A Brochu Logging, Enfield.

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