This year, the North Central News celebrates The Barn Yard, a third-generation, family-owned business in Ellington, with the 2020 NCN Hall of Fame Award. The Barn Yard, located at 120 West Road, has built an outstanding reputation along with its construction of custom post-and-beam buildings, sheds, pool houses, garages, horse barns and other structures for over 35 years. The North Central News Hall of Fame Award, the selection of which is based on annual readers’ polls to recognize the “Best of” area businesses, goes one step further to verify The Barn Yard brand slogan: “quality second to none.”
The Hall of Fame distinction is awarded annually to a local business that has been voted a NCN “Best of” for at least five years. In past polls The Barn Yard has been repeatedly singled out as the “Best Place to Buy a Shed or Garage” and “Best Family Business.”
Founded in 1984 by the Skinner Family, The Barn Yard is now building not only in New England but across the country.Their wide-range of structures has increased since 2015, when The Barn Yard started a sister company — Great Country Timber Frames — to serve the timber frame home and commercial market. Their 17,000 square-foot manufacturing and design facility at 9 Village Street in Ellington— less than 2 miles from the store — is a fine example of their design, engineering, and building expertise.
“Everyone at The Barn Yard is honored to be chosen for this highest accolade. Being a family business, we are always here to support our local community, especially in tough times like this,” said Marketing Engineer Erik Koehler. He went on to say that, on a daily basis, The Barn Yard puts emphasis on listening to their customers and provides them with the highest quality in everything they build.
“With less people traveling this summer, we do find that people are paying more attention to their backyards, and we are here to help,” continued Eric.
The Barn Yard succeeds last year’s Hall of Fame winner — Johnson Memorial Hospital — and a host of worthy predecessors including the first Hall of Famer, Rockville Bank (now a division of United Bank), named seven years ago. Other local businesses that achieved this highest level of excellence through the years are Sonny’s Place, Bolles Motors, financial planner Harry Kent, Geissler’s supermarkets, and Lori Spielman Landscaping.
But there’s more to crow about, in terms of the high quality of small businesses in the North Central News area. Once again, readers polled in June and July also chose the “best” business in a multitude of categories, including (like The Barn Yard) many home improvement areas, inside and outside the special place you call home.
By Laura Hayden (Photo by David Butler II)