Made In America: The Goodwin Company
Published July 13th, 2013
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Micanopy, Fla. -- It's known as the wood that built America, but long leaf pine has faded away as faster growing varieties are now used in American construction.
But one local company is reclaiming this wood from hard-to-reach places.
George Goodwin loves North Central Florida's rivers for the fishing, little did he know it would lead him to his career.
That led to the creation of the Goodwin Company, a manufacturer of flooring using heart pine and cyprus.
Southern old growth forests brimming with long leaf pine are long gone, the only wood now available comes from either recycling wood from buildings, or searching for it underwater.
Back when rivers were the only highways, logs were floated to sawmills. But the denser ones would sink.
Those logs are now being recovered by divers like Joe Collins.
Recovered logs are stored in a lake on Goodwin's property to keep them preserved.
After the boards are cut, they are shaped to be used as flooring, the entire process from start to finish done in Micanopy.
George is still the only person who operates the bandsaw, trying to save as much wood as possible with every cut.
That passion includes working with environmental groups to pioneer permiting required to remove these logs from Florida rivers.
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