Goodwin Company Celebrates Expansion, Job Creation

Groundbreaking Commemorates New Facility Designed to Diversify Offerings and Create Jobs

image12343101313(Micanopy, FL) – Goodwin Company, pioneers of River-Recovered® heart pine and cypress, proudly announce the groundbreaking of their new facility. The expansion is part of a partnership with Heritage Wood Finishing Company and will bring new jobs to the region.

“Goodwin Company has experienced steady growth and success here in Alachua County,” said Carol Goodwin, President of Goodwin Company. “We look forward to contributing to years of future success in this region.”

Goodwin Company is active in the effort to spur growth opportunities for the region’s manufacturing industry as a whole. The company has been a steady presence on the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Advanced Manufacturing Council, which has been instrumental in regional efforts to develop a manufacturing talent pipeline and advance policy decisions that support industry growth.

“We are elated to celebrate the growth of Goodwin Company and the job opportunities it will bring to the region,” said Susan Davenport, President/CEO of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce. “We look forward to supporting the future success of manufacturing companies like Goodwin Company here in Alachua County.”

Goodwin Company was the first reclaimed wood manufacturer to produce engineered flooring in the United States (at the time, all other domestic companies were importing it from overseas). Today, consumer demand for pre-finished and custom color floors continues to grow. As a result, Goodwin has partnered with Heritage Wood Finish Company to develop proprietary, custom finishes specifically formulated for resinous River-Recovered® wood. The new facility will enable Goodwin to offer a variety of finish and color options, while providing acclimatized storage for engineered and factory finished stock.

“Our customers spoke and we have responded,” said Goodwin. “‘Install Ready’ flooring is in high demand. However, pre-finishing River-Recovered® wood is a challenge because of its resinous nature. Our proprietary, specially formulated coatings – one of which is second in hardness only to diamonds – allows us to satisfy the needs of customers who do not want to finish their floor on site. So, whether someone would like a clear pre-finished floor, or a custom color, we are now able to deliver!”

According to Goodwin, the Florida Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida (FSBDC at UNF) played an integral role in the expansion.

“We’ve been working with Goodwin Company over the course of several years to help identify new market opportunities,” explains Dr. Phillip Geist, MBA, CBCP, CGBP, Area Director for the FSBDC at UNF. “We conducted a financial analysis and developed strategic and business plans designed to diversify Goodwin’s offerings to meet customer demand. This, in turn, will create new jobs and further contribute to the economic vitality of the region.”

Goodwin is partnering with the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce to conduct the official groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, December 9 at 10 a.m. at the Goodwin Company facility located at 106 SW 109th Place, Micanopy, FL 32667. Media is invited and encouraged to attend. For more information, please visit http://heartpine.com/rsvp/.

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About Goodwin Company

Founded in 1976, Goodwin Company is the building design industry’s trusted partner and preferred resource for fine antique reclaimed and River-Recovered® wood flooring. Goodwin has earned an indisputable reputation for using the strictest grading standards of any company in the marketplace. Additionally, Heritage Wood Finishing Company produces a line of superior finishing and color options formulated exclusively for Goodwin’s “install ready” flooring. Demand for rich, high quality flooring continues to flourish as esteemed architects, designers and builders specify Goodwin’s products for use in luxury residential homes, historical renovations and commercial projects including corporate office buildings, universities, libraries and high-end retail establishments. Prominent work includes: This Old House corporate offices, private residences of Bob Villa, Paul McCartney, Frank Lloyd Wright and Ted Turner, Weyland Art Gallery, Brownwood at The Villages, the Charnley-Norwood House, Naples Botanical Garden, University of Florida’s Dasburg House and the Texas Governor’s Mansion. For more information, visit www.heartpine.com.

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Goodwin Company Named Finalist for Florida Companies to Watch

Alachua Enterprise Advances to Round Two After Being Selected From More Than 500 Applicants

Goodwin Company, pioneers of River-Recovered® heart pine and cypress, proudly announce they have been named a 2015 Florida Companies to Watch finalist. According to GrowFL, Florida Companies to Watch is a distinguished awards program developed by the Edward Lowe Foundation to honor second-stage companies from throughout the state for developing valuable products and services, adding quality jobs, enriching communities and creating new industries throughout Florida. Goodwin Company is among 101 finalists selected from more than 500 applicants.

“We applaud these first round finalists, all of which exhibit impressive strengths in entrepreneurial leadership, product innovation, social/community responsibility and competitive business practices,” says Dr. Tom O’Neal, GrowFL Executive Director.

Finalists now advance to the second round, where they will be further evaluated based on their performance in the marketplace, innovative products, services or processes, philanthropy and empowered employees. In addition to evaluating past growth and projected success, applicant companies are judged according to their special strengths and impact in their markets, communities and within the state – thus deeming them “worth watching.” Fifty winners will be announced in late August and celebrated at the awards ceremony November 5th at the Hard Rock Live at Universal Resort.

“Being named a Florida Companies to Watch finalist solidifies our value in both the marketplace and the state economy,” says Carol Goodwin, President of Goodwin Company. “We are humbled and thank GrowFL and the Edward Lowe Foundation for considering Goodwin Company alongside such elite and esteemed businesses throughout Florida.”

About Goodwin Company

Founded in 1976, Goodwin Company is the building design industry’s trusted partner and preferred resource for fine antique reclaimed and River-RecoveredÒ wood flooring. Goodwin has earned an indisputable reputation for using the strictest grading standards of any company in the marketplace. Demand for rich, high quality flooring continues to flourish as esteemed architects, designers and builders specify Goodwin’s products for use in luxury residential homes, historical renovations and commercial projects including corporate office buildings, universities, libraries and high-end retail establishments.  Prominent work includes: This Old House corporate offices, private residences of Bob Villa, Paul McCartney, Frank Lloyd Wright and Ted Turner, Weyland Art Gallery, Brownwood at The Villages, the Charnley-Norwood House, Naples Botanical Garden, University of Florida’s Dasburg House and the Texas Governor’s Mansion.  For more information, visit www.heartpine.com.

About GrowFL

GrowFL was created in 2009 by the Florida legislature as an economic development program focused on assisting second-stage growth companies prosper in the state of Florida. By providing strategies, resources and support to second-stage companies for next level growth through Strategic Research, Peer Learning and Leadership Development, GrowFL helps companies overcome obstacles to growth and leads them towards prosperity. Based on the philosophy of Economic Gardening®—to grow existing businesses in a community, region or state—GrowFL, the Florida Economic Gardening Institute, is a critical component to the state’s economic development strategy and Florida’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. GrowFL is a statewide economic development organization certified by the National Center for Economic Gardening through the Edward Lowe Foundation. GrowFL has assisted more than 800 companies through the Strategic Research and CEO Roundtable programs and recognized 200 successful entrepreneurs through the annual awards program, Florida Companies to Watch. Learn more at GrowFL.com.

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Sea Scout Base wins award

We were pleased to hear that Sea Scout Base in Galveston, Texas was awarded the Houston Business Journal’s “Landmark Award for Architecture.” Goodwin worked with esteemed architect Dan Shipley, milling to spec the heartpine engineered VINTAGE floor used as wainscoting in the dining hall.

We enjoy partnering with building design professionals on high end projects and sustainable architecture. The Sea Scout Base venture involved quite an innovative use of our products and to our knowledge, this is the first use of our Precision Engineered flooring as wainscoting material.

On the Road Again…

Goodwin will be hitting the road to display and present at a number of seminars, conferences and special engagements. If you’re going to be in the area, we would love to see you!

Thursday, April 30th
4:30 pm
National Wood Floor Association (NWFA) Expo
Edward Jones Dome at America’s Center
St. Louis, Missouri

Goodwin will celebrate 30 years of working with the best wood floor professionals by showcasing some of our most interesting projects and partnerships, both nationally and internationally. The event will take place on the NWFA Presentation Stage, which will be festively decorated with international flags and antique photographs for our colleagues. We will even be taking group photos which will be made available after the show.

Friday, September 18th
10:45am – 12:50pm
The Carolina’s American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) 2015 Annual Conference
Grande Dunes Marriott, Myrtle Beach, SC

*** The Conference theme is ‘Redefining Hospitality’

ASID Carolina’s 2015 Annual Conference will feature Goodwin a two-hour lunch and learn by Goodwin. We will discuss how to specify the reclaimed wood floor of your dreams, the best finish for reclaimed wood and design features including inlays and patterns that are available prefinished. Designers will learn the process for specifying and storyboarding a custom color finish as well as the most important technical questions to ask the builder or wood floor installer to ensure their clients are satisfied for the long term.

Wednesday, November 18th and Thursday, November 19th
10:00am – 6:00pm
Greenbuild 2015
Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Pl NW
Washington, D.C.

**Free Passes are Available, Contact us for Details

Goodwin will showcase our brand new lines of antique prefinished wood flooring and paneling.

Interested in having Goodwin make a personal presentation to your group? Contact us to find out how!

 

River Logger Black Lager – Now Available at Swamp Head Brewery!

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We are excited to announce Swamp Head Brewery in Gainesville is launching a new beer. Jeffrey, our Marketing Coordinator, helped with the name – River Logger Black Lager.

River Logger Black Lager is inspired by the richness and rarity of centuries old River-Recovered® logs. This light and refreshing German-style black lager features a depth of color and taste exemplified by the uniqueness of antique River-Recovered® wood. And, with just a hint of chocolate pairing with the light bitterness of the hops, this summer treat is sure to satisfy the most distinguished of tastes. Read more

Undersecretary of USDA Rural Development Visits Goodwin Company

Goodwin Company was honored to welcome Ms. Lisa Mensah – the Undersecretary of USDA Rural Development – for a tour of our facility. Ms. Mensah was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in November 2014. She provides leadership for three USDA agencies charged with improving the economic well being of rural America: the Rural Housing Service, the Rural Utilities Service and the Rural Business-Cooperative Service. Read more

River-Recovered® Heart Pine a Focal Point of UF’s New Dasburg House

Goodwin Company Provides Their Signature
Sustainably Harvested, Locally Milled Antique Wood Flooring

(Gainesville, FL) – Goodwin Company, pioneers of River-Recovered® heart pine and cypress, proudly announce their contribution to the University of Florida’s (UF) new Dasburg House. The company donated a portion of their sustainably harvested and historically significant River-Recovered® Vertical Heart Pine, Legacy (building reclaimed) Vertical Heart Pine and Curly Heart Pine to appoint portions of the interior of the approximately 6000 sq. ft., on-campus residence. The Dasburg House will be home to current and future UF presidents. New UF President, Kent Fuchs, Ph.D., – a former provost at Cornell University – and wife, Linda, will be the first to reside in the new home.

“Our sustainably harvested, centuries old antique wood flooring is quite a conversation piece,” explains Carol Goodwin, President of Goodwin Company. “The logs we recover are some of the first trees cut from America’s virgin forests over 125 years ago. As these logs were floated down river to port, many of the denser ones sank to the bottom. The low oxygen environment has perfectly preserved them and, as a result, they yield the richest patina when milled.”

According to Goodwin, most of the logs for the Dasburg House were recovered from Florida’s Suwannee River. Goodwin worked closely with Gainesville architect, Apryl Ponikvar, UF interior designer, Marie Brown, and installer, Rudy Dittmar to select the perfect flooring for the president’s study, the spouses’ study, the second floor landing, the spiral stairs (treads) and the elevator.

“The natural beauty of Goodwin’s River-Recovered® and building reclaimed heart pine wood is unsurpassed,” says Ponikvar. “It brings the natural environment of North Central Florida into the home and contributes to the unique character and overall warmth of the interiors. We were pleased to find a local source that not only custom milled to our specifications, but worked alongside us from design through construction completion.”

The Dasburg House is named for John and Mary Lou Dasburg of Key Biscayne. The couple was the lead donor for the $5 million dollar project. The home opened this week.

“We consider it an honor and privilege to have been invited to be part of a project that will soon become an integral part of the University of Florida’s admired history and respected legacy,” concludes Goodwin.

About Goodwin Company

Founded in 1976, Goodwin Company is the building design industry’s trusted partner and preferred resource for fine antique reclaimed and River-Recovered® wood flooring. Goodwin has earned an indisputable reputation for using the strictest grading standards of any company in the marketplace. Demand for rich, high quality flooring continues to flourish as esteemed architects, designers and builders specify Goodwin’s products for use in luxury residential homes, historical renovations and commercial projects including corporate office buildings, universities, libraries and high-end retail establishments.  Prominent work includes: This Old House corporate offices, private residences of Bob Villa, Paul McCartney, Frank Lloyd Wright and Ted Turner, Weyland Art Gallery, Brownwood at The Villages, the Charnley-Norwood House, Naples Botanical Garden and the Texas Governor’s Mansion.  For more information, visit www.heartpine.com.

River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Contributes to the Allure of the New Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor’s Center at Naples Botanical Garden

Goodwin Company Provides Antique Wood Carefully Recovered from the Apalachicola River

(Naples, FL) – Goodwin Company, pioneers of River-Recovered® wood, announce their contribution to the Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor’s Center at Naples Botanical Garden. The company meticulously sawed and precisely milled 20,000 linear feet of River-Recovered® Heart Cypress (virgin growth bald cypress; taxodium distichum) for siding and trim. The majority of the antique logs used for the project were carefully retrieved out of the Apalachicola River. The result is a magnificent, beautifully crafted complex adorned with antique wood that is not only breathtaking, but also tells an intriguing and fascinating story.

“Goodwin worked closely with the entire building design team to ensure the final product exceeded expectations,” explains Carol Goodwin, President of Goodwin Company. “We previously worked on a project with similar specs – the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas – which made us the perfect resource for this magnitude of a project.”

Architect Tenna Florian of the esteemed Lake/Flato Architects in San Antonio, Texas, specified the reclaimed cypress with vertical grain for the Visitor’s Center project. Lake/Flato Architects is a recognized leader in the use of sustainably sourced materials and consciously designed vernacular architecture. They were recognized as the 2004 American Institute of Architects (AIA) firm of the year.

“I take great pleasure in watching visitors arrive at Naples Botanical Garden and marvel at the beauty of the Goodwin’s River-Recovered® Heart Cypress that we used for siding the buildings,” says Brian Holley, Executive Director, Naples Botanical Garden.

“Using this wood is a real win-win-win for us, as through the wood we can tell the story of the forests of Florida – it will last a lifetime or more – and most importantly was salvaged, an important consideration in this LEED Gold project. On top of that the folks at Goodwin are a pleasure to work with.”

Goodwin Company has earned the indisputable reputation for producing antique River-Recovered® and reclaimed wood using the strictest grading standards of any company in the marketplace. Demand for Goodwin’s rich, high quality flooring continues to flourish and has become exceedingly coveted among architects, designers, celebrities, and high-end homeowners.

“Our founder, George Goodwin, still operates the saw to ensure each and every cut meets his high standards and expectations,” says Carol Goodwin. “We are one of the few manufacturers whose founder and owner is actively involved in the production process and personally inspects each and every order before it ships.”

About Goodwin Company

Founded in 1976, Goodwin Company is the building design industry’s trusted partner and preferred resource for fine antique reclaimed and River-Recovered® wood flooring. Esteemed architects, designers and builders specify Goodwin’s products for use in luxury residential homes, historical renovations and commercial projects including corporate office buildings, universities, libraries and high-end retail establishments.  Prominent work includes: This Old House corporate offices, private residences of Bob Villa, Paul McCartney, Frank Lloyd Wright and Ted Turner, Weyland Art Gallery, Brownwood at The Villages, the Charnley-Norwood House, Naples Botanical Garden and the Texas Governor’s Mansion.  For more information, visit www.heartpine.com.

Public Invited to View Key West Custom House Wood Floor Re-finish

Experts Donate Time to Re-Finish Museum Floors While Conducing a Public Demonstration of Finishing Techniques

Who: A team of the nations most esteemed wood flooring experts are in Key West donating their time and expertise to re-finish the Key West Custom House Museum floors. George and Carol Goodwin of Goodwin Company and Howard Brickman of Brickman Consulting are leading the effort in partnership with Bona®, who is donating all of the finishing supplies and equipment.
What: Meet the wood flooring team and view an enlightening demonstration of the latest techniques in museum wood floor finishing.
When: Saturday, May 3rd; 10:00am – 12:00 noon
Where: Key West Custom House Museum – 381 Front Street, Key West, FL 33040

Members of the media and public are invited to meet the nations top wood floor experts and attend a public demonstration of the Key West Custom House Museum floor re-finishing project. See the latest in museum quality wood floor finishes as the team incorporates a revolutionary Bona indoor floor oil which is used in Europe and has just been introduced into the U.S. Witnessing the before and after transformation of the museum floor will be a spectacular site to see.

With over 33 years of experience in the wood flooring industry, Brickman is considered the industry’s preeminent expert on specialty installations as well as flooring and job site inspections. He is an expert in troubleshooting unplanned wood floor problems and is currently the nation’s leading sought after expert in wood floor civil lawsuits. Brickman served as the former Manager of Inspection and School Services at the National Oak Floor Manufacturing Association (predecessor of the National Wood Flooring Association).

George and Carol Goodwin are the co-founders of Goodwin Company, the nation’s premier manufacturer of fine antique reclaimed and River-Recovered wood flooring. George Goodwin is considered the pioneer of River-Recovered wood flooring. His passion has taken him deep into river bottoms to reclaim some of the oldest, most beautiful heartpine and heart cypress in the world. Goodwin’s wood has been specified by architects and designers for use in prominent architecture and homes, including the Texas Governor’s Mansion, Charnley-Norwood House and private residences of Paul McCartney and Frank Lloyd Wright.

For more information, visit www.heartpine.com.

 

Key West Custom House Wood Floor Re-finish to Include Public Demonstration

Flooring Experts Donate Time to Re-Finish Museum Floors and Conduct

Public Demonstration of Finishing Techniques

1-276(Key West, FL) – A team of the nations most esteemed wood flooring experts will be heading to Key West next week to donate their time and expertise to re-finish the Key West Custom House Museum floors. George and Carol Goodwin of Goodwin Company and Howard Brickman of Brickman Consulting will lead the effort in partnership with Bona®, who is donating all of the finishing supplies and equipment.  The public is invited to meet the team and view an enlightening demonstration of the latest techniques in museum wood floor finishing:

Key West Custom House Museum
Floor Refinish
Public Demonstration
Saturday, May 3rd
10:00am – 12:00 noon
381 Front Street
Key West, FL 33040

With over 33 years of experience in the wood flooring industry, Brickman is considered the industry’s preeminent expert on specialty installations as well as flooring and job site inspections. He is an expert in troubleshooting unplanned wood floor problems and is currently the nation’s leading sought after expert in wood floor civil lawsuits. Brickman served as the former Manager of Inspection and School Services at the National Oak Floor Manufacturing Association (predecessor of the National Wood Flooring Association).

George and Carol Goodwin are the co-founders of Goodwin Company, the nation’s premier manufacturer of fine antique reclaimed and River-Recovered® wood flooring.  George Goodwin is considered the pioneer of River-Recovered® wood flooring. His passion has taken him deep into river bottoms to reclaim some of the oldest, most beautiful heartpine and heart cypress in the world. Goodwin’s wood has been specified by architects and designers for use in prominent architecture and homes, including the Texas Governor’s Mansion, Charnley-Norwood House and private residences of Paul McCartney and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Members of the media and public are invited and encouraged to attend the public museum floor re-finish demonstration.  Building design professionals interested in earning CEU credits can attend the free “Architectural and Design Uses of Reclaimed Woods” presentation being held Wednesday, April 30th at the Custom House from 5:30pm – 7:00pm.  The team will also be holding a “Self Defense for Wood Floor Professionals” class on
Thursday and Friday afternoons.  Professionals can sign up for these sessions by calling 800-336-3118 or visiting www.heartpine.com.

About Howard Brickman

Howard Brickman has earned a reputation of being one of the wood flooring industries most esteemed professionals.  Brickman, founder of Brickman Consulting, provides high-quality, accurate, relevant information to anyone with an interest in wood floors. Clients include small regional flooring contractors, individual homeowners, mid-sized architectural and engineering firms, international real estate development corporations and billion-dollar manufacturing companies. In 1980, Brickman was named the first Manager of Inspection and School Services at NOFMA. For more information visit www.brickmanconsulting.com.

About Goodwin Company

Founded in 1976, Goodwin Company is the building design industry’s trusted partner and preferred resource for fine antique reclaimed and River-RecoveredÒ wood flooring. Esteemed architects, designers and builders specify Goodwin’s products for use in luxury residential homes, historical renovations and commercial projects including corporate office buildings, universities, libraries and high-end retail establishments.  Prominent work includes: This Old House corporate offices, private residences of Bob Villa, Paul McCartney, Frank Lloyd Wright and Ted Turner, Weyland Art Gallery, Brownwood at The Villages, the Charnley-Norwood House and the Texas Governor’s Mansion.  For more information, visit www.heartpine.com.

About Bona®

Bona US is the North American subsidiary of Bona AB in Malmö, Sweden. Bona US manufactures and distributes floor care products. Bona’s hardwood floor care systems have been successful in the professional market for 90 years. Consumer products are available in most major retail outlets throughout the U.S. and North America. With certifications like GREENGUARD, the company has also been recognized for formula innovations that are pH-neutral and non-toxic. For more information, please contact Bona US at (800) 872-5515 orwww.MyBonaHome.com.