09/10/2003 - Release at Will

Vermont Woodshop Becomes Santa's Workshop

Every year, as the weather cools and autumn leaves begin to turn colors, things start to get busy at Maple Landmark Woodcraft in Middlebury, Vermont. Their three dozen crafters are gearing up for another holiday season. As founder and owner, Mike Rainville is keenly aware that Christmas is an absolute deadline but since this is his 22nd year of making the lists and checking them twice, he feels his elves are ready once again.

The company produces a wide variety of wooden toys, games and gift products which are distributed to toy and gift stores throughout the United States and beyond. They are becoming best known for their preschool-age NameTrain™ wooden railway system, but actually make unique gifts for children of all ages.

Although the company has grown significantly in recent years, Mr. Rainville stresses, "We are still a family business, it is common to see four generations of my family helping out. Making toys is work but it is satisfying when we think of all of the kids our products touch during the holidays."

While he has yet to be confused with St. Nick, "I'm still a bit too young on that score," visitors to their factory store comment, year around, about walking into Santa's workshop. From viewing windows, people can watch the real thing. Machines whir and people busily work, moving product through the process. "We have some fancy machines but there is still a lot of labor involved. Our wheels and magnets, for example, are still assembled by hand."

"Timeless designs, durable materials, bright colors, handmade care and crafting are all hallmarks of our products. It is uncommon to find this sort of thing still being done in this country. We are proud that we can still make it happen and are grateful to those who appreciate our work," says Rainville.

Stores that carry Maple Landmark products can be located by calling 1-800-421-4223 or on the Web at www.maplelandmark.com. Or products can be ordered direct.

Contact: Barbara Rainville • 800-421-4223
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