New Bloomfield firm to export precut oak log homes to China

Lynn Gastineau of Gastineau Log Homes of New Bloomfield signs a contract in China with Mr. Zhang-Shan, owner of Shanghai Zhang-Shan Wood Construction Co, Gastineau will export precut oak log homes from New Bloomfield to China. In the background are, from left, David Kerr, director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development; Jon Hagler, director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture; and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.

Lynn Gastineau of Gastineau Log Homes of New Bloomfield signs a contract in China with Mr. Zhang-Shan, owner of Shanghai Zhang-Shan Wood Construction Co, Gastineau will export precut oak log homes from New Bloomfield to China. In the background are, from left, David Kerr, director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development; Jon Hagler, director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture; and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.

— Lynn Gastineau, owner of Gastineau Log Homes of New Bloomfield, returned home from China Tuesday after signing a contract in Shanghai, China, to export precut oak log homes to China.

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Gastineau accompanied Gov. Jay Nixon and other state officials on the Governor’s Trade Mission to China from Oct. 22 to Oct. 29. On the trade mission, Missouri reached an agreement to sell $4.4 billion worth of products, mostly Missouri-produced grain, to China during the three-year period starting next year.

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The new 700-acre development just outside Wenzhou, China, where the first oak log home manufactured by Gastineau Log Homes will be erected. The site is 500 miles south of Shanghai, China.

She hopes the export deal with the Chinese firm will be a boost to her business that has been hurt by the 2007 collapse of new home construction in the United States.

Gastineau said Tuesday Gastineau Log Homes is the world’s largest producer of precut oak log homes. She said her firm has homes built in all 50 states in the United States and in 10 other nations scattered around the world.

About a year ago, she was approached by a Chinese builder who wanted to buy oak precut log homes to assemble and sell in China.

“He had heard about us and came to us. He especially liked the fact that we build our log homes with oak lumber. Oak will last for 100 to 200 years. Oak logs do not have to be pressure-treated with chemical preservatives. That is a big selling point in our homes,” Gastineau said.

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