New Bloomfield firm to export log homes to China

Lynn Gastineau sits in her Gastineau Log Homes display home just south of New Bloomfield. The company signed a deal last week to export homes to China.

Lynn Gastineau sits in her Gastineau Log Homes display home just south of New Bloomfield. The company signed a deal last week to export homes to China. Photo by Don Norfleet.

NEW BLOOMFIELD — Lynn Gastineau, owner of Gastineau Log Homes of New Bloomfield, returned home from China this week 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. 22-29.

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.

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

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

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