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Building for the Future. Big Dreams in a Small Town.

The Skinner family by the CNC machine
The Skinner family by the CNC machine

A well-known family-owned business in Ellington is creating hometown opportunities with cutting edge technology that will produce the strongest timber frame post-and-beam structures in the world.

Building on a 30-year tradition of hard work and craftsmanship, The Barn Yard & Great Country Garages, well-known for its high quality buildings, has launched a sister company, Great Country Timber Frames, specializing in the production of large-scale, custom timber frame homes and commercial projects.

Great Country Timber Frame’s brand-new, 12,000-square-foot manufacturing and design facility, which was designed, built and engineered by The Barn Yard, is already attracting much attention. The facility was recently the subject of a Beautification Award presented by the Tolland County Chamber of Commerce. Not only does the structure reflect the company’s fine workmanship, timber frame construction, and unique western inspiration, it also features many environmentally-friendly elements, including reclaimed lumber, LED lighting, and an efficient radiant heat system.

“We are very proud to have Great Country Timber Frames in our community and that the Skinner family has the confidence in this community to build this wonderful new manufacturing facility here. They are a community-minded company,” said Candice Corcione, Executive Director of the Tolland County Chamber of Commerce.

“Ellington is thrilled to have this new addition to our business community and with it a building that fits perfectly into the town. They have made the corner of Lower Butcher Rd. and Windermere Ave. into something special,” said First Selectman Lori L. Spielman.

Housed within the facility is a state-of-the-art CNC timber processing machine, which was shipped from Italy and is one of only three in use within the United States. The CNC machine cuts mortise and tenon joinery with great precision. In yet another effort to maintain a “green” facility, waste from the machine, including sawdust and wood scraps, are transported via a dust collection system and compressed into bio fuel briquettes. The facility also houses a conventional framing shop for Great Country Garages, the leading garage manufacturer in New England.

Like The Barn Yard, Great Country Timber Frames is owned and operated by the Skinner Family. The Skinners, who started the third-generation family business back in 1984, were born and raised in Ellington and can’t think of a better place to serve as the headquarters for their new company.

Ribbon Cutting

Friday, January 22, 1-3pm
2pm ribbon cutting
Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman
will be in attendance for ribbon cutting
CNC Demos & Tour our New Facility

General Public Open House

Saturday, January 23, 9am - 3pm
CNC Demos & Tour our New Facility

Inside a recently built post and beam barn

Inside a recently built post and beam barn (click for more photos)

Post & Beam Barns, Garages & Homes | 860-454-9103 | gctimberframes.com | 9 Village Street, Ellington, CT

Posted to Blog: Wednesday, January 20, 2016