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Arlington Coal & Lumber Expands in Massachusetts and New Hampshire

Arlington Coal & Lumber Company located in Hudson
Arlington Coal & Lumber Company located in Hudson

Arlington, MA, August 4, 2021 - Robert K. McNamara, president of Massachusetts-based Arlington Coal & Lumber Co., announced today that an agreement has been reached to purchase the assets and real estate of Friend Lumber Company.

Established in 1923, Arlington Coal & Lumber Co., a fourth-generation lumber and building materials dealer owned by the McNamara family, has five locations in Massachusetts. Friend Lumber Company, a third-generation lumber and building materials dealer established in 1945, has two locations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

President Robert McNamara commented, "We are excited to play a significant role in honoring the Friend Lumber Company family's more than 76-year history in the lumber industry by welcoming them into our organization. We look forward to welcoming the dedicated Friend Lumber associates to our staff and developing high quality service relationships with the professional contractors and builders that have been loyal customers of Friend Lumber for many years."

Mark Jaffe, the current owner and president of Friend Lumber Company, will retire after the sale is completed, having worked at his family lumber business for more than 47 years. "After three generations of our family operating Friend Lumber Company, now is the perfect time to find a new steward to bring the company into the future." said Jaffe. "We couldn't be more pleased than to be purchased by Arlington Coal & Lumber Company. The McNamara family has an excellent business reputation, and their values align with those of Friend Lumber. Our employees should experience a seamless transition and our customers will receive the same quality service they have known since our humble beginnings."

Arlington Coal & Lumber Co. services professional home builders, remodeling contractors, and retail clients in Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. The sale transaction is anticipated to close in late August or early September 2021. For any media questions or comments, please contact Katie McNamara at

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