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Equestrian Center Helps Drive Blue Ridge Log Cabins Success

Chip Smith, president of Blue Ridge Log Cabins, stands inside the living room of a model home at the business in Campobello.

Chip Smith, president of Blue Ridge Log Cabins, stands inside the living room of a model home at the business in Campobello.

2014 is shaping up to be extremely good for Blue Ridge Log Cabins in Campobello, particularly after five tough years, reports Jason Spencer with GoUpstate.

As a part of the manufacturing and housing sectors, the Great Recession was like a double whammy, company president Chip Smith said. But sales are up significantly from 2013, he said, and Blue Ridge has developed a mutually beneficial relationship with the investors behind the Tryon Resort and Tryon International Equestrian Center in nearby Polk County, N.C.

The company has launched a new Mountain Architecture Series of smaller homes that feature a larger variety of exterior facades and interior designs, and the DIY Channel will begin filming a project there in January.

And thanks to the Tryon development, Blue Ridge Log Cabins is starting a second production line and adding employees.

“It’s been really good for us,” Smith said. “We’re in to helping them develop the second phase of their project. We’re going to have to add 20 to 30 people just to keep up with their demand, their time frame.”

Situated on about 40 acres off Interstate 26, Blue Ridge Log Cabins employs about 100 people and contracts with another 75 or so. Log cabins are assembled in four to six sections from raw materials in the company’s 110,000-square-foot manufacturing facility; the sections are delivered to customers using a trucking company Smith also owns and then assembled on-site.

At least 90 percent of the materials come from within a 100-mile radius, he said. Read more.