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The year: 1978. We saw the first cell phone, the first arcade game in Space Invaders, and the original Star Wars: A New Hope. For a future tech geek like me this was a BIG year. But 1978 was also the year that my grandfather, Fletcher Parsons, was innovative enough to take his knowledge of wood preservation and apply it to the new crop of log homes that had begun to pop up around the country. His pioneering vision has now grown beyond his wildest expectations, and Appalachian Log Structures is today celebrating our 30th Anniversary.

Born as a side line product of a company known for pressure treating railroad cross ties, Appalachian Log Structures is now considered one of the premier log home manufacturers in the industry. We had the first Borate pressure treating plant in the country, we were among the first in the industry to use spring-loaded thru-bolts in the log wall, and we are still one of the only manufacturers in existence today that can offer a warranty against rot, decay, and wood digesting insects.

While I have been around since the company was founded (I was only two, but still told my grandfather that it was my company), I am especially proud of the last ten years that I have been able to take part in working with my family and friends. It takes a special type of person to appreciate the log home lifestyle and I am glad to be considered a "loggie".

I ask all of you in the Log Home Neighborhood to stop by our Open House in Ripley, WV Saturday, July 5 to celebrate with us. If you are in the area, please drop in for food and fun, and get to know us a little better. If you are truly interested in the history of log homes you will have an opportunity to speak with the folks that have been around since the beginning of this new revolution.

Here's to the next THIRTY YEARS!

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Comment by Tom Heatherington on June 24, 2008 at 9:33am
Rob:

For the benefit of those of us who may be "geographically challenged" or just cannot attend your celebration, I hope you will post a bunch of photos and maybe a video of your much deserved celebration. Such events are always fun, especially when it is a family business that is being recognized.

It is my opinion that this is one of the reasons this industry is so special... from the big players to the small mom & pop companies, our entire industry is comprised of family businesses. I also think this contributes to that special feeling most people get when dealing with companies in this business. There is just something different (special) about doing business in the log and timber segment of the home building industry.

I hope this is your family's first of many 30-year celebrations! Sorry I cannot make this trip.... maybe the next one :-)
Comment by Neighborhood Host on June 20, 2008 at 5:39pm
Congratulations! I don't know what's cooler, the 30 years in business, or the Space Invaders reference...(ok, so the 30 years in business is way more impressive, but Space Invaders is a classic!!)

I hope your celebrations go off wonderfully, and I hope that some of the wonderful residents of our online neighborhood can make it to join you.

How about writing a blog entry on how the open house in Ripley goes to share the festivities for everyone who can't make it? Or maybe you could at least snap some photos for us? But we won't blame you if you're too busy caught up in the celebrations : )

Again, congratulations! And darn right, here's to another 30 years of success for you all!

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