Outstanding logger of 2018: Nicols Brothers of Rumford

The Maine Forest Products Council (MFPC) chose Nicols Brothers Logging of Rumford as Maine’s Outstanding Logger

“In recognition of exemplary on-the-ground performance, longstanding commitment to the well-being of their employees, the community and Maine’s logging profession.”

“I’d like to thank the Council for this award,” Jim Nicols said. “I’m honored and humbled to receive it.”

John McNulty, president of Seven Islands Land Co., presented the award Sept. 17 at MFPC’s annual meeting in Phippsburg, saying, “Nicols Brothers started in the early 1980’s when Jimmy and Billy both ran cable skidders and “cut from the stump.”  Since that time they have grown into a full service logging and trucking company with over twenty employees. They offer cut-to-length harvesting, whole-tree harvesting, concentration yard log processing, trucking, firewood, road construction and maintenance services and contracted chipping/grinding.

“Innovation characterizes their brand.  One of the first contractors in Maine to embrace CTL logging.  In the mid-1990’s they were early adopters of early commercial thinning with 2 Rottne 2000’s, small processors ideally suited for thinning dense softwood stands originating from the 1938 hurricane in the western mountains.  Their willingness to try something new and untested has been a hallmark of their company.  This attitude has enabled them to grow and expand the suite of services they offer landowners.  

Jim and Carlene Nicols, and John McNulty.

“Located in the western Maine Mountains where skid distances often exceed ½ mile, the Nicols Brothers were one of the first in the region to utilize six wheeled grapples to improve skidding efficiencies – another example of their willingness to adapt and innovate to improve their operation.

“The success of the operation lies in their professional employees and the owners who both spend a great deal of time on the logging sites. Billy is a processor operator and Jimmy serves as a woods boss/foreman. With the Nicols Brothers, it is all about quality. The right harvesting system is tailored to the needs of the landowner. Each team member takes great pride in what they do and maintains a professional manner and work ethic.

“They are active in the logging community as members of the CLP, Master Logger Program and the PLC. Jim has served as a past PLC president and on several occasions the company has hosted the annual spring safety training at their garage.

“Also a family operation, Jim’s wife Carlene serves as the secretary and Bill’s wife Pam provides other services. Ryan and Nate, who are Jim and Bill’s sons respectively, currently run the firewood operation.

“Their innovation, business acumen and interest in seeing that both the landowner and Nicols Brothers prosper and benefit from exemplary management, sets them apart as one of the top performing loggers in Maine and New England!”