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.

Event Photos

 

The Sweet Sound of Heart Cypress

Dan Arrington, a Native American style flute maker who owns the business, Northern Lights…Southern Spirits, handcrafted two magnificent works of musical art with Goodwin’s River-Recovered® Heart Cypress:

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The mouthpiece is spalted Maple and Zircote. The block (the part on the top held on using deer hide ties) is a free-form shape made using Redwood burl mounted on a spalted Maple/Zircote pedistal with a base of Easter Red Cedar. The inlay “dots” above and below the finger holes are Zircote and Myrtle.

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The top two are the cypress flutes, while the slightly smaller one on the bottom was made using Tasmanian Blackwood (Australia). A yardstick is included to give a sense of size. In the land of Native American style flutes, these 1 1/4″ bore instruments are considered large.

Listen to Dan’s daughter playing the second River-Recovered Heart Cypress Flute – it sounds absolutely beautiful:

Dan will be vending his flutes at the Alligator Warrior Festival in O’Leno State Park in just a few weeks (http://www.alligatorfest.org/) where he will have an opportunity to put this work in front of truly gifted flute players.

Dan, you are a true artisan!  Thank you for sharing your elegant craft with us.

Educational Visits

We recently had the pleasure of hosting University of Florida (UF) students from two different architecture classes for a tour of the showroom and mill.  On September 15th, Dr. Linda Stevenson of Stevenson Architects Inc. in Bradenton, Florida visited with her graduate students in the historic preservation program.  Dr. Stevenson was the principal preservation architect in the restoration of Ca D’zan, home of circus magnate, John Ringling and his wife, Mable, in Sarasota, Florida.

The next week, it was great fun to tour with visiting architecture professor, Will Zajac and his studio students from UF Design 5: “the Florida landscape.”

From traditional building and preservation to contemporary and modern design, Goodwin is the longtime authority on River-Recovered® and building reclaimed heart pine and cypress. Whether you are an aspiring architecture student or an experienced professional, we are your trusted resource on anything and everything related to reclaimed wood!

Tour Goodwin to Celebrate Manufacturing Month Beginning October 1, 2015

image10274093355Reclaimed wood floor manufacturing requires custom manufacturing treatments. As part of our Community Support we will host 25 local high school students who study science technology, engineering and math this coming Thursday, 10/01/2015, from 11 to 12:30pm, for a tour and lunch at the sawmill. We will show the students how we process 1,000 year old river recovered heart cypress and pine logs… read more.

To provide our clients with some of the richest, most beautiful reclaimed wood in the world we go to extra lengths to conserve this rare wood. Logs recovered from Florida river bottoms require extensive processing not required in handling freshly cut timber. We must power wash the sand off the river recovered logs from centuries of being on the river bottoms, remove nails left from yesterday’s carpenters in the massive industrial revolution era warehouse beams, saw, kiln dry, mill and grade at every step to long term established standards.

image10274093405Join us in celebrating Manufacturing Month at Goodwin. You will enjoy bar-b-Q chicken, baked beans, cole slaw and all the fixins’ including our famous Oatmeal Cowboy Cookies. Call for the recipe if you can’t make it.

Antique River-Recovered® Heart Cypress – It’s Not Your Parents’ Paneling!!

If when you hear paneling you think “hardware store”, please stop right there.

One-thousand-year-old Heart Cypress isn’t simply a “photo” of real wood glued on the back of a piece of cheap wood.  Antique Heart Cypress is some of the most mysterious, beautiful wood in the entire world.  It adds mystique and value to your hunt lodge, mountain home or beach house.

Here is an illustration and image of the largest biomass on the planet in Santa Maria del Tule, Mexico.

Oldest Living Thing on Earth

Page excerpt from:
Tidewater Red Cypress –‘The Wood Eternal’, by the Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association, 1936.

Our Cypress sale ends September 30th, so call us today to take advantage of this special pricing.

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We’re Off to the Beach…

heartcypressWe love seeing old wood in beach homes. Mysterious 1,000-year-old heart cypress with rich tans and browns popped with UV Oil elegantly and gracefully bring the feel of the sand and ocean atmosphere into your beach home, office or retail establishment. So, as you can imagine, we are very excited to be presenting at SGA Architects in Pawley’s Island, South Carolina this Thursday, September 17th. SGA specifies a lot of cypress paneling in their beautiful coastal home designs.

Afterwards, Jeffrey Forbes, Goodwin’s Marketing Coordinator, and I have the privilege of presenting a CEU class at the Carolinas American Society of Interior Designers Annual Conference on Friday, September 18th. We will be discussing how to incorporate reclaimed wood into award-winning designs. Visuals include videos of river log recovery and historic images of ‘the big cut’ in the 1800’s when clearing the southern forests became one of the main drivers for rebuilding the US economy after the Civil War.

It is always a pleasure to provide building design professionals with resources they need to specify the wood they want and incorporate the installation and finish processes to ensure their clients’ satisfaction for the long term!

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Jeffrey Forbes, Goodwin’s Marketing Coordinator, showing Lisa Mensah, the Under Secretary for the USDA Rural Development, a giant River-Recovered® Heart Cypress log at Goodwin earlier in the year.

An Easy and Affordable Upgrade to Any Home or Office Space

Did you know wood walls are easy to incorporate into any existing space? And, there are tons of benefits which add both beauty and value to your home or office. Reclaimed wood walls:

  1. Require no waiting on a major renovation
  2. Are an interesting “conversation piece” because of its beauty and history
  3. Adds incredible and efficient insulation – it takes fifteen inches of concrete to equal the insulation qualities of just one inch of wood

This article from Houzz is a great resource:

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/32586777/list/what-to-know-about-adding-a-reclaimed-wood-wall

In the article, the designer for the bathroom – Claudie Durbell – says it should cost $4 to $7; however, that is for barn wood. Goodwin is offering factory finished tongue and groove 1,000 year-old antique heart cypress that is warm and mysterious for only pennies more. In fact, for an 8X8 space, our highest end Heart Cypress Vertical grain sale grade costs under $600 in material!

Call us today for a complimentary consultation to explore how you can best incorporate this magnificent antique wood – on sale this month – in your home or office.

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Goodwin Partners Named to Architect Magazine’s “2015 Architect 50”

We were excited to see that Lake|Flato Architects came in at #6 on Architect magazines, “2015 Architect 50.”   Goodwin worked with Tenna Florian, AIA, LEED AP BD+C on the Naples Botanical Garden project late last year.

We were also thrilled that Gensler was named #3 on the list.  Goodwin provided 3-1/4″ River-Recovered® VERTICAL Precision Engineered Heart Pine for their Atlanta office.

Firms were evaluated based on an annual review of design, sustainability and business success.

Congratulations!!!!

End of Summer Cypress Sale

The Local Public House: River-Recovered Heart Cypress Bar Tops make an Impression

Talk about adaptive re-use!  When San Antonio, Florida chef Curtis Beebe and his wife, Rebecca, purchased the old San Ann Market with their sights set on opening a fresh, new eatery they really went all out.  What emerged is The Local Public House.  And local it is.  From pork sourced out of Avon Park to greens that are grown in Brooksville, this little gastro-pub walks the walk.  They even serve 14 ever-changing Florida draft beers, including a couple from our friends over at Swamphead Brewery in Gainesville.

The best part is that when you saddle up to the bar to enjoy your home grown craft brew you’ll be saddling up to one of several thousand year old slabs of River-Recovered® Heart Cypress; perfected by nature, recovered from Florida’s spring fed rivers and milled by Goodwin Company.  Now that’s local!

Yes, Heart Pine Walls are Beautiful, Too!

Check out the progression of these beautiful tongue and groove River-Recovered® Heart Pine walls. Chris Webb of CW Interiors, Inc. / CWEBB Designs in Tampa, Florida has been installing these in a home in Tampa, Florida and they are just gorgeous. Chris, a true craftsman and stickler for detail, first fashioned a large room divider/shelving unit using Goodwin’s LEGACY™ (building reclaimed) Heart Pine and River-Recovered Heart Cypress. Next, he tackled the walls, paneling them with even more LEGACY heart pine. Traditional materials meet modern design in this latest Chris Webb creation. See what you think:

Time-lapse Video

Still Re-Building a Decade After Hurricane Katrina

A special thank you to Don Green for taking these photos of the Beauvoir Mansion, a National Historic Landmark in Biloxi, Mississippi. Goodwin is providing River-Recovered® Heart Cypress for the porch, which was damaged during Hurricane Katrina, 10 years ago this week. We can’t wait to see the finished product! Old growth, bald cypress is full of naturally occurring cypresene oil that renders it highly resistant to rot; important for a grand old survivor that looks out over the Gulf of Mexico all day long.

If You Guessed Bok Tower Gardens, You Were Correct!

Remember when we asked you to guess what our latest “gentle giant” was being transformed into? Hint: “her new home will be at a National Historic Landmark”.

If you guessed Bok Tower Gardens, you were correct!

Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida announced its expansion plans last year. Today, construction is in full force! Goodwin is proud to be providing headers, window sills, trim and siding for the new children’s interpretive center and outdoor demonstration kitchen. Our River-Recovered® Heart Cypress is the perfect complement to the rich culture and history of Bok Tower Gardens.

Goodwin is in the process of milling cypress for the project. Enjoy this video which offers a special inside look at the process:

And, check out these photos of the first run of siding as the transformation continues:

 

Read more about the expansion: http://boktowergardens.org/blog/gardens-announces-expansion-plans-on-85th-anniversary/

Pecky Cypress Pairs Perfectly with Distinct Wines

Hurray for Sarah and Chris Aschliman who have just opened the long anticipated Island Grove Winery Tasting House on state road 301 in beautiful Island Grove, Florida on the shores of Orange and Lochloosa lakes!  For several years, Island Grove Winery has been North Central Florida’s premier winemaker specializing in fine blueberry wines using the freshest blueberries grown on their own Florida farms.

In appointing the tasting house, Sarah and Chris turned to Goodwin Company in search of something that would help to dress it with some regional flare.  Ultimately, they chose to deck out the front of the long tasting counter/bar with Goodwin’s River-Recovered® Pecky Heart Cypress.  Hundreds of years ago Florida’s many lake fronts and river banks were populated with a noble fraternity of 100ft. tall and a thousand or more year old Bald Cypress (taxodium distichum) trees; the true giants of the Southeastern swamps.  The rich color, swirling grain and elliptical voids of the antique cypress pop off the counter front bordered by a bold white trim.  It is at one time elegant, relaxed and mysterious.

We think Sarah and Chris have done a wonderful job with the whole space.  Go visit them sometime soon and enjoy a glass of Sorta Sweet or Kinda Dry.  And look for Island Grove Winery Tasting House to host an official grand opening sometime early this fall.

Side note: After visiting the tasting house, turn left onto the Cross Creek road and visit the Marjorie Kinnian Rawlings State Historic Site in Cross Creek; as bucolic a place as you’ll ever stumble upon and a previous Goodwin Company client to boot.

Admiring the Work of a Craftsman Using Goodwin Wood

We recently caught up with Gainesville, Florida craftsman, Steve Kessler, in his shop on a hot & humid July morning.  Steve was finishing up a door project for some clients who are doing a large renovation in their Coconut Grove home in Miami, Florida.

These folks knew exactly what they wanted and commissioned Steve to build their eight doors out of old growth, virgin, bald cypress.  Steve, of course, turned to the Goodwin Company.  We supplied him with tightly grained, thousand-year-old, River-Recovered® Heart Cypress in both vertical and select grain (quarter sawn and plain sawn).

Steve’s doors came with a lot of specifications too.  Some louvers were called out as working while others were faux.  Some louvers had a double face while others had a single.  Steve even found a miller who could mold a single louver disguised as a trio and he used a terrific little joiner called a Festool Domino XL to marry the stiles and rails together.

We think the doors turned out great.  Nothing beats the natural beauty and durability of old growth heart cypress.  Architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and A. Hays Town specified it in nearly every residential project they designed.  And in the hands of an experienced professional like Mr. Kessler, it is always bound to shine.  To contact Steve for your next project call him at 352-214-6386.

Wouldn’t you just love some of these in your home?

Take a Look at this Beautiful Heart Cypress

This River-Recovered® Heart Cypress Select trim is being milled and packaged for a new children’s interpretive center and outdoor demonstration kitchen at Bok Tower Gardens. Goodwin is providing siding and trim for both buildings, which were designed by Lake/Flato Architects. Henkelman Construction of Lakeland is the contractor.

Stay tuned…we will post more photos as this exciting project progresses!

 

Summer is the Perfect Time to Spruce Up Your Floor

While the Goodwin Company showroom is a one of a kind, beautiful display of our River-Recovered® and building reclaimed heart pine and cypress; it also sits right smack in the middle of our sawmill.  A sawmill can be a dusty, dirty place and you can imagine that keeping this showroom clean is a job in itself.

While you may not face the challenges we face with a continual outpouring of dirt and sawdust, you may find an oil and re-buff every few years does wonders to even the most well maintained floors.  Keeping our antique wood floor looking resilient for welcomed visitors takes a couple of easy, but necessary steps:

  • First, we vacuum away all the loose dirt making sure to use a soft bristle head so as not to scratch the floor.
  • Next, we mop the floor with clean, warm water and a fresh mop. This doesn’t require a lot of water.  Each time the mop goes back to the bucket it should be thoroughly wrung out.  The point is to only use enough moisture to remove dirt, but not enough to linger on top of your floor.  It should dry rather quickly.
  • Thirdly, while following the instructions closely, use a quality hardwood floor cleaner that can also be applied and removed with a fresh mop. Look carefully.  Some cleaners need to be diluted, while others do not.
  • Lastly, once dry, we oiled and buffed the floor using a quality hardwood floor maintenance oil and a orbital floor buffer. We buff the oil in using a new pad, then wait over night, change pads and buff again to remove the excess oil and to lower the sheen.  Ultimately, we buffed the floor for a third time to achieve the sheen we like.  Like the hardwood floor cleaner, be sure to follow the instructions closely when using the maintenance oil.  Different oils can have different set times.

Enjoy the photos of our showroom and please come pay us a visit!!!

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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