Lincoln Logs delivers first home

STONY CREEK - Dave Patton and Vaughn Vernold stood at the side of a flatbed truck and watched pallets of sculpted lumber from Lincoln Logs of Chestertown being unloaded by a lift truck.

The truckload of building materials being delivered to Harrisburg Lake Club March 27 was one of four loads needed to construct a luxury home on the scenic property.

While the March 27 deliveries represented a substantial milestone in the property owner's life, it bore an even greater significance for Lincoln Logs, Patton and Vernold said.

The delivery was occurring just three weeks after the Stephenson family - owners of Stephenson Lumber and Riverside Truss - bought the bankrupt Lincoln Logs firm for $2.5 million and put 25 people back to work in Chestertown at what was once the nation's leading log home manufacturer.

Patton said the reorganized Lincoln Logs has great prospects, forecasting that the enterprise would ship 60 to 80 home packages this year, enough to keep the company moving forward.

"There's great synergies between Stephenson Lumber and Lincoln Logs," Patton said, noting the two companies' design capabilities, their ability to supply each other materials from extensive inventories at wholesale, and new access to Stephenson's advanced manufacturing machinery.

"We have all this talent and equipment to share between the two companies," Patton said.

Vaughn, the contractor building the house at Harrisburg Lake Club, said the new link between the companies was good news.

"I'm thankful for the new Lincoln Logs reorganization," he said.

Owner of Alternative Systems contractors of Hudson Falls, Vernold has built dozens of Lincoln Logs homes for various customers over the past several decades.

"I've constructed a lot of log packages and Lincoln Logs provides one of the very best," he said.

Up through this year, Lincoln Logs has delivered more than 10,000 log and panelized home packages to customers worldwide, through a network of dealers they've retained.

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