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ROBBINS BUYS 2 PLEASANT RIVER SAWMILLS

Robbins Lumber, Searsmont, Me., has acquired two sawmills in Hancock and Sanford, Me., from Pleasant River Lumber Co.

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Robbins Lumber, Searsmont, Me., has acquired two sawmills in Hancock and Sanford, Me., from Pleasant River Lumber Co.

With the deal, Robbins grows from two eastern white pine mills to four. “This acquisition is a game-changer,” said co-owner Jim Robbins. “We are now a four sawmill/planer mill, biomass power plant, and coatings facility company with an expanded customer base. Our geographic footprint now covers a larger area of our state, and we have a strategic plan to continue investing and growing this business.”

The 33-acre Sanford site, now known as Robbins Lumber Sanford LLC, includes a sawmill with an annual capacity of 15 million bd. ft., power plant, planing mill, warehouses and storage areas. Pleasant River purchased it from Lavalley Lumber in 2012.

The 98-acre Hancock operation renamed Robbins Lumber Downeast LLC, has an annual capacity of 13 million bd. ft. and was obtained from Crobb Box in 2011.

Robbins plans to retain all 74 Pleasant River employees, increasing its total workforce to 250.

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