After working for other companies throughout high school and only a short period of time after graduating Allen Bouthillier purchased his first cable skidder and started A.B. Skidding in May 1984 in Columbia, NH serving as an owner operator who cut wood for himself and other people.
In 1988 Allen created A.B. Trucking Inc. with the sole purpose of supporting A.B Skidding by transporting equipment and hauling wood to the mills.
In 1992 A.B. Skidding resorted to mechanized logging and in 1994 became A.B. Logging Inc., started doing whole tree chipping, relocated its main office to 35 Hodge Road in Lancaster, NH and built a garage facility at 653 Main Street in Lancaster, NH. By 1996 A.B. Logging Inc. employed 12 full time employees and became more mechanized, owning and operating multiple pieces of forestry equipment.
In 1998 A.B. Logging Inc. began diversifying by expanding into the site work and excavation industry as an additional source of revenue. By 2006 the company was doing multiple site work and road projects in a year’s time and employed 10 employees full time. To further diversify and to support the site work and excavation portion of the business, the company started to operate its own gravel pit on leased property in Lancaster in 2007. In 2008 A.B. Logging Inc. completed its first $1million+ site work project. In 2010 Allen purchased the property in Lancaster that he had been leasing and significantly expanded the gravel pit operation including a full mobile crushing set up. In 2013 Allen formed A.B. Excavating Inc. and relocated the main office to 653 Main Street in Lancaster to create a centralized, more efficient operation.
Today A.B. Excavating Inc., A.B. Logging Inc., and A.B Trucking Inc. have 25 full time employees and own and operate more than 40 pieces of equipment including 6 excavators of various sizes, 9 trucks, 8 pieces of logging equipment, and hydraulic hammer, jaw crusher, cone crusher, and track screen mobile crushing units. A.B. Excavating Inc. has completed many site work projects including two cell tower sites and access roads, many major housing development projects, three biomass boiler heating facilities and many utility projects including drainage, sewer and water system improvements. Currently the gravel and aggregate operation produces more than 60,000 cubic yards of material per year as well as custom and mobile crushing. Customers include numerous land owners in New Hampshire and Vermont, New Hampshire Department of Transportation, Vermont Agency of Transportation, municipalities in Coos, Grafton, Essex and Caledonia counties and many general contractors in the area.