The Working Lands Enterprise Board met on Tuesday, September 15th for a full day board meeting in Middlebury, VT, where the board welcomed new members, discussed their organizational plan, and made decisions on the request for proposals process for this year's working lands business and service provider grants.
Upon meeting adjournment, the board traveled to Maple Landmark Woodcraft for a tour of the showroom and facility by owner Mike Rainville. Maple Landmark has been making eco-friendly, educational wooden toys, games and gifts since 1979. They craft a wide array of children' products including NameTrains, heirloom wooden baby toys, toddler toys, board games and gifts.
The company is currently undergoing a major expansion to increase operational efficiencies and enable the company's growth. They are adding approximately 11,000 square feet to its existing 16,000 square foot building, and a new CNC router will also be purchased and installed. In three years, they expect to employ nine new full time positions.