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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.

We encourage you to visit their tasting room and try it! They have a vast selection of perfectly crafted signature brews for you to enjoy. While there, take notice of the bar top, tables and trim, all of which are made from our River-Recovered® wood.

Special thank you to Swamp Head Brewery owner Luke Kemper for working with us and also for considering Jeffery’s River Lager name suggestion.

Below are some photos of the brewery featuring Goodwin’s River-Recovered® wood:

 

Undersecretary of USDA Rural Development Visits Goodwin Company

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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.

Ms. Mensah traveled from Washington D.C. to Florida and visited various Rural Development projects, which included Goodwin Company, and to meet with Rural Development State Office and Area Office staff.

Goodwin Company received a guaranteed Business and Industry loan from Rural Development, which has resulted in the retention of 19 full and one part time job.

Ms. Mensah was joined by a number of other dignitaries including Mr. Richard Malchek, USDA State Director, Mr. Joe Mueller, USDA’s Rural Business Cooperative Program Director, Ms. Susan Campbell, Loan Specialist for the USDA, Robert “Hutch” Hutchinson, Vice Chair of Alachua County Commission representing District 3, and Ms. Janice Donaldson, Regional Director, Florida Small Business Development Center at UNF, among others.

Our recently recovered, centuries-old giant cypress was on site and provided the perfect backdrop for a group photo.

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We enjoyed hosting the tour and want to extend a special thank you to Ms. Mensah and everyone who took time to come out and share this special occasion with us!

Modern Antique

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Remember this beauty?

See previous post about this log

Since we don’t come across logs of this magnitude very often, our marketing coordinator Jeffrey thought it might be neat to re-create a classic photo from the 1800s depicting loggers posing with a fresh cut giant cypress back in the day.

Jeffrey staged our staff around the log in the exact positions as the 1800s loggers.  We think it is a spectacular modern-day replica.  What do you think?

 

Our Newest “Gentle Giant”

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giantcypresslog 001 (Medium)After nearly 40 years in the business, one would think we have seen it all. The truth is, each and every day is an exciting adventure that presents new opportunities. The logs we work with to create our River-Recovered® heart pine and heart cypress flooring, paneling and other wood products are simply majestic. Each has its own distinct character and personality. Logger Don McCallister recently pulled this Cypress beauty out of the northern Withlacoochee River.

giantcypresslog 005 (Medium)This “Gentle Giant “ is 30 feet long; 29″ in diameter at its top and an amazing six feet in diameter at its base.

giantcypresslog 006 (Medium)Just take a look at this incredible ax cut end.

The log was discovered while Goodwin’s Marketing Coordinator, Jeffrey Forbes, was on the Withlacoochee hosting a documentary video crew. It was the first log they saw. It was still submerged in the river and its head was resting on a sandy beach. The log served as the perfect “subject” for the documentary, which we will share when it is complete.

Here is a bit of background on river logging along Withlacoochee (for you history buffs):

This giant cypress log was recovered on the part of the Withlacoochee that flows south out of Georgia and meets up with the Suwannee River at Suwannee River State Park. There once was a sawmill owned by Governor George Drew (Florida’s first governor post reconstruction) at what is now Suwannee River State Park. This log likely once belonged to this mill before it was “lost”.

Goodwin will now saw this antique beauty into a series of benches for the expansion of the Bok Tower campus in Lake Wales. Stay tuned, as we will continue to update you on the progress of this Gentle Giant…

Florida Farm Bureau Features Goodwin

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15-03- 022Special thank you to the Florida Farm Bureau for featuring Goodwin in the March 2015 issue of their magazine, FloridAgricultureCheck it out here – our story begins on page 4: