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!