Maple Landmark was founded in the 1970's by Michael Rainville in his parents' basement, in Lincoln, Vermont. What began as an after-school and summertime hobby soon turned into a business making spool holders, cribbage boards, and wooden vehicle kids toys. He began by selling at local fairs and consignment shops with the first wholesale sales coming in 1979.
Currently Maple Landmark employs 35+ people and sells their wooden toys, including wooden train sets, train whistles, Montgomery Schoolhouse Classics and other toys to over 3000 gift shops and toy stores throughout the country and abroad.
"We like to consider our company to be like a family, but there actually is a lot of real family here.
It is common to find four generations helping out. Not only are there Mike and Jill, but Mike's sister Barbara, mother Luthera "Pat," and her mother Harriett. Mike and Jill's boys, Adam and Andrew are around when not in school or other pursuits.
Why Wooden Toys?
"When I was growing up I distinctly remember two toys, a wooden train set that was handmade, one-of-a-kind, and the old steel Tonka Toy dumbtrucks. Then, everything switched to plastic and I personally think that's a shame. There's just something about wood that makes it special. I think kids have a deeper appreciation for their toys when they know the materials come from a tree. So, we're very proud to offer Maple Landmark's American-made wooden toys." - Rick Smith