IRMO, SOUTH CAROLINA – Southland Log Homes, provider of America’s favorite log home, has been awarded an employee training grant by the South Carolina Workforce Investment Board. The grant will be used to enhance the company’s training and investment in lean manufacturing techniques.

Lean manufacturing is a process management philosophy derived mostly from techniques developed at Toyota. ™ The core concept is to understand and maximize customer value while minimizing waste.

“Investing for the future is crucial during these challenging economic times”, said Ken Sekley, CEO of Southland. “Our adoption of lean manufacturing methodologies has improved our competitiveness. This grant will help us to continue our employee training and to maintain our status as a world-class manufacturer of log homes.”

Southland expects to complete the training programs between September 2009 and March 2010.

About Southland Log Homes: Headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina, Southland Log Homes was founded in 1978 and is the largest log home company in the United States. Southland operates 17 model home sales offices in ten states and has authorized Southland dealers located throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Model homes are located in Atlanta, GA; Baton Rouge, LA; Birmingham, AL; Charlotte, NC; Christiansburg, VA; Columbia, SC; Fredericksburg, VA; Gatlinburg, TN; Greensboro, NC; Greenville, SC; Houston, TX; Jackson, MS; Louisville, KY; Macon, GA; Memphis, TN; Nashville, TN; and San Antonio, TX,. For more information about Southland Log Homes, call 800-641-4754 or visit