Viking was started in 1944 as “Pine Tree Products” by Judson Flanagan and his brother-in-law, Gene Rich in Belfast, Maine. At this time the business was at the Muck on the corner of Lincolnville Avenue and Miller Street. “Pine Tree Products” operated as a small, short lumber mill producing barrel staves, pallets, and box stock. In 1945 “Pine Tree Products” was incorporated as “Viking, Inc.”. In 1949 as the mill began to expand it was moved to Belmont Avenue across from where McDonalds is in Belfast today. This location provided more room for increased production. Here it operated as a dry kiln planer mill, wholesaling long lumber. In 1961 after a major fire destroyed the majority of the sawmill Jud decided to change the focus from wholesale to retail lumber.
In 1969 Viking was moved to its present location on Route 1, Searsport Avenue because the Belfast bypass was built where part of the former lumberyard stood. In 1977 Jud asked his eldest son, David to move home and join the Viking team. After much thought David decided to move back to Maine and learn about the business from his father. Jud semi-retired in 1978 when he turned the business over to David. A few years later, David’s sisters decided to move home and join the team as well. Erin Flanagan in 1981 and Maureen Flanagan in 1983. David, Erin, and Maureen still run the business to this day.
In October of 1987 another fire caused extensive damage to the store. Most of the inventory, including hardware and paints along with the telephones, computers, and office equipment were lost. Thanks to the help of many dedicated employees and customers we were able to open for business the next day!
In 1992 Viking started to grow when we bought a lumberyard on Vinalhaven, Maine formerly known as Island Lumber. In 1994 Viking built a lumberyard in Warren, Maine, bought what was formerly WR Monroe’s in Lincolnville, Maine, and opened a full-service sawmill at the Belfast location called “Pine Tree Products”. The sawmill enables us to saw our own timbers and do a lot of custom milling. In 2001 Gene Flanagan, brother of David, Erin, and Maureen joined the team as the manager of our Lincolnville location. In 2003 we bought the former LA Gray lumberyard in Hancock, Maine to serve our customers in that area. In 2010, in order to expand product offerings for all of our customers, we opened a new hardscapes yard in Warren, Maine with a wide variety of landscaping materials. In 2016, we opened another hardscapes yard next to our Belfast location on Searsport Avenue. In 2011 we opened 4 new locations throughout Maine that were previously Rhoades Building Products (formerly HF Pinkham and Granville Lumber); in Blue Hill, Holden, Machias, and Milbridge. In the same year, we opened a Drafting and Design office in Damariscotta.
After working summers and school vacations the 3rd generation joined the team full time with William, Gene’s son in 2011, Isabel, David’s daughter in 2015, and Conor, David’s son in 2018.
Today we have full-service locations in Belfast, Blue Hill, Hancock, Holden, Lincolnville, Machias, Milbridge, Vinalhaven, and Warren, as well as a Drafting and Design Office in Damariscotta.