Hammond Lumber Company | June 30, 2022
Hammond Lumber Company (Hammond) announced today that it has acquired Brock's Building Materials, a third generation, family-owned company located in Rochester, New Hampshire. Hammond is a fourth generation, family-owned building material retailer established in 1953. With the acquisition, Hammond now has nearly 900 employees and 22 locations across Maine and New Hampshire.
"We are incredibly excited to welcome the Brock's family and team. Brock's shares many of the same family-owned values as Hammond Lumber Company and both companies are excited for this new growth opportunity. Scott and Connie Brock felt there was great compatibility between Brock's and Hammond Lumber Company as both companies' success has been built on providing exceptional customer service and taking care of their employees and customers, During the initial phase of integration, our goal is to operate as 'business as usual' for all employees at both companies. We will work collaboratively with the Brock's team with the goal of a seamless integration process for all our employees, customers, and vendors. We expect there to be minimal changes to day-to-day operations for both companies and a continued focus on exceptional customer service"
-Mike Hammond, president & CEO of Hammond.
Brock's is a third generation, family-owned and operated business established in 1961 by Maurice and Anne Brock. Brock's has served the seacoast and lakes regions of New Hampshire and southern Maine for more than 60 years. Hammond has offered employment to all of Brock's employees and owners, Scott and Connie Brock, will become branch manager and assistant branch manager of Hammond's new Rochester location.
Hammond is the largest lumber and building materials retailer throughout Maine and New Hampshire and the 21st largest LBM dealer in the country according to the 2022 LBM Journal 100. The company has received national recognition as the 2020 ProSales Dealer of the Year, as well as receiving the 2021 Best Places to Work in Maine award.
Hammond will continue to employ the Brock's employees bringing the total number of Hammond employees to nearly 900. The company's locations include, Auburn, Bangor, Bar Harbor, Belfast, Belgrade, Blue Hill, Boothbay Harbor, Brunswick, Bucksport, Calais, Camden, Cherryfield, Ellsworth, Damariscotta, Fairfield, Farmington, Greenville, Machias, Portland, Rochester (NH), Rockland and Skowhegan.
Based in Belgrade, Hammond has been a family-owned and operated company since 1953. The family legacy continues to grow. Members of the Hammond family who are active in the day-to-day operations include Executive Vice President, Don Hammond; his son, Mike Hammond, president and CEO; and most recently, Mike's daughters Sadie Hammond and Bethany Hammond, fourth generation of the family business.
About Hammond Lumber Company-
Hammond Lumber Company was founded in 1953 by Skip and Verna Hammond with a single sawmill in Belgrade, Maine. Today, the fourth-generation, family-owned is one of the largest independent lumber and building material retailers in the northeast with 880 employees and 22 locations across Maine and New Hampshire. Hammond Lumber Company carries a full line of building materials, millwork, kitchen, bath and flooring products, and is a quality manufacturer of eastern white pine. Hammond has multiple Kitchen, Bath & Flooring Design Centers and showrooms, Home Planning Design Centers and millwork showrooms across the State. Hammond is the 21st largest pro dealer and lumberyard in the nation by 2021 sales according to the LBM Journal 100. Recently, the building supply company has received numerous awards, including 2020 ProSales Dealer of the Year, 2021 Best Places to Work in Maine, National Safety Council's 2022 Occupational Excellence Achievement Award and 2021 Industry Leader Award, and NeLMA's 2021 Outstanding Safety Performance Award.
Ecobot | July 01, 2022
Ecobot, the premier digital solution for pre-construction environmental permitting, has been named a Silver partner within the worldwide Esri Partner Network after successfully graduating from the Esri Startup Program. Esri is the global leader in location intelligence. The Ecobot platform leverages and integrates with Esri's ArcGIS software to facilitate efficient, accurate environmental data collection for mandatory permits ahead of large-scale infrastructure projects.
The Esri Startup Program is a program that supports innovative early-stage startups integrating location intelligence and mapping within their own product offerings. Esri startup partners are companies who offer innovative technological solutions with GIS capabilities. As a member of the program, Ecobot had access to a robust set of resources to jumpstart product development.
Ecobot's key Esri integrations include:
Embedded mapping system powered by Esri for defining project areas and adding wetland polygons or polylines
Compatibility with select external GNSS devices from Esri partners Trimble, Eos GNSS, Juniper Systems, and SXBlue
Generation of GeoJSON shapefiles for seamless export into the Esri ArcGIS system
Ecobot is a platform that includes a mobile field application that is fully functional offline coupled with an Amazon AWS cloud-based dashboard with automated quality assurance, project management, and team collaboration features. To date, Ecobot customers have generated some 65,000 environmental regulatory reports for over 7,000 projects using the platform.
"The partnership with Esri, and Ecobot's integration with Esri ArcGIS products, has been invaluable as we've built out our platform, We are thrilled by how far Ecobot has come since joining the Esri Startup Program, and we're excited to continue evolving as a Silver partner."
-Lee Lancecofounder and CEO Ecobot.
"As a company that was once a startup partner, we understand the early years for any business are hard, said Martin Copping, Esri Partner Executive. We are impressed with how the Ecobot team executed on the opportunities provided by the program, bringing the value of geospatial to a broader audience using the Esri ArcGIS system. We congratulate and look forward to continuing to work with them as a Silver partner.
Since closing a $2.8M round in late 2021, the Ecobot platform continues to expand to include additional project management capabilities and a wider range of environmental permits. Ecobot makes data available for engineers to leverage into a digital twin to improve the resilience of the built environment. Connect with Ecobot at the Esri User Conference or read the ArcNews article: "Startup Makes Preconstruction Data Collection Faster, More Accurate".
Esri, the global market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, location intelligence, and mapping, helps customers unlock the full potential of data to improve operational and business results. Founded in 1969 in Redlands, California, USA, Esri software is deployed in more than 350,000 organizations globally and in over 200,000 institutions in the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, nonprofits, and universities. Esri has regional offices, international distributors, and partners providing local support in over 100 countries on six continents. With its pioneering commitment to geospatial information technology, Esri engineers the most innovative solutions for digital transformation, the Internet of Things (IoT), and advanced analytics. Visit us at esri.com.
Ecobot builds revolutionary software that improves how we interact with the environment. Ecobot is the future of environmental monitoring, reporting, and data forecasting, providing efficiency across all sectors of the environmental services industry. The first version of Ecobot provides a swifter way to input wetland field data, provides contextual vegetation and soil data lookups, and automatically generates USACE wetland delineation reports.
Prophecy | June 23, 2022
Prophecy, the leading low-code platform for data engineering, announced the launch of Prophecy for Databricks, a powerful new offering that makes it easier and faster to build data pipelines that deliver the data for business intelligence and machine learning. This platform, with a visual drag-and-drop canvas, enables anyone that wants to do data engineering to visually and interactively develop, deploy and monitor data pipelines on Apache Spark.
Built for use by both seasoned data engineering teams and non-programmer data citizens alike, Prophecy for Databricks enables many more users to build pipelines easily, move them to production and accelerate the transition of companies being data driven. With 10x users enabled, data teams experience a radical increase in operational excellence and data quality enabling them to manage more pipelines than ever before.
IDC has forecasted that data is being created at an annual growth rate of 23%, which mans 181 zettabytes of data will have been created by 2025. With data growing so quickly, corporations are struggling to keep up with processing the data at this pace. According to Gartner, the DBMS market is nearly $80B and grew 22% in just the last year, with the share of cloud DBMS growing even faster than the overall DBMS market.
Existing data engineering products do not meet the needs of companies and have proven to be unnecessarily complex and inefficient. With Prophecy for Databricks, companies can 10x data engineering with dramatic increases in data practitioners doing data engineering, individual productivity, reliability of data pipelines, and data quality.
The industry need for data & analytics far outstrips what can be produced by data engineers programming in notebooks. With this release of Prophecy for Databricks, we're providing powerful, visual tools that enable an order of magnitude more data users to quickly develop data pipelines, at the same level as programmers. This expansion of data engineering to non-programmers is the only way to realize the potential of data at scale."
Raj Bains, CEO and co-founder of Prophecy
With Prophecy for Databricks, companies can modernize their data pipelines on Spark through the platform's core features, which include:
A Visual Development Environment - An intuitive, low-code, drag-and-drop IDE enables all data practitioners, from non-programmer to expert, to develop data pipelines on Spark quickly and easily. The platform turns the visual data pipeline into 100% open-source Spark code (PySpark or Scala), with interactive development and execution to verify that pipeline works correctly every step of the way.
Productivity Enhancement - The ability to build and extend custom data frameworks in the visual elements, standardizes and reuses components, leading to improved efficiency, better collaboration, and reduces risk. GIT integration allows for tracking and versioning of changes, test coverage ensures all changes are unit tested, CI/CD moves changes from development to production with high confidence, and metadata search and lineage ensures data can be tracked all the way back to the source.
Seamless Integration - Prophecy for Databricks integrates smoothly with existing Databricks data stack utilized by enterprises. The technology is deployed within a company's existing Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) and integrates with all major data products and is extensible to support additional tools, including Delta Lake.
Through Databricks Partner Connect, users can start using Prophecy directly within the Databricks User Interface (UI).
The Prophecy for Databricks platform utilizes Databricks Workflows to simplify the orchestration and management of production workflows on any cloud, allowing for the running of code reliably in a Databricks cluster.
Prophecy is the low-code data engineering company. Prophecy provides an easy-to-use visual interface to interactively build, deploy, execute, and manage data processing. Using software engineering best practices with GIT, CI/CD, unit tests, and column-level lineage, Prophecy is trusted by enterprises including multiple companies in the Fortune 50 running thousands of data pipelines every day.