Welcome to Wood Stone!
Wood Stone Corporation, based in Bellingham, Washington, has been manufacturing stone hearth and specialty commercial cooking equipment for the foodservice industry since 1990. We have more than 13,000 installations in over 75 countries around the world.
Wood Stone has built its reputation on our family of stone hearth ovens. Our technologically advanced ceramics and engineering expertise, coupled with our high quality construction techniques and attention to detail, are typical of all of our products and relied upon by our loyal customers. Our product offerings have grown since inception and Wood Stone now also designs, engineers and manufactures a complete line of specialty commercial cooking equipment in addition to our oven offerings.
Changing the Way You Cook since 1990
In 1989, challenged with the task of finding a wood-fired stone hearth oven or “brick oven” that could withstand the intense rigors of the restaurant world, Keith Carpenter set out for perfection. Inspired to create a better wood-fired oven, Carpenter pitched some ideas to Harry Hegarty, an experienced builder of large-scale, high-temperature ceramic incinerators. This meeting marked the beginning of an integral partnership, and by 1990, Wood Stone was born.
Just five years later in 1995, Wood Stone introduced gas-fired and gas-assist stone hearth ovens, with many different configurations to meet the breadth of commercial demands and most importantly, the needs of high-yield cook lines. Ever since, the value, versatility and production of our ovens have continued to grow, driven by high industry demands. With the large 2007 expansion of our manufacturing facility – including a dedicated research and development lab and a state-of-the-art integrated metal fabrication system – Wood Stone now spans over 117,000 square feet.
Additionally, our facility offers a full-service 1,500-square-foot test kitchen. Inside, our corporate chefs immerse visitors in all things Wood Stone, showcasing our unique recipes and enabling customers to try their hand using the ovens. Year round, the Bellingham test kitchen sees chefs from small “mom and pop” pizza parlors to corporate chain restaurants to hotels and educational institutions.
Wood Stone was acquired by Henny Penny in January 2014. On December 30, 2014, the combined company became employee-owned through the sale of its stock to a newly formed employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). Wood Stone and Henny Penny are both well established foodservice industry leaders that manufacture in the U.S. and bring together core products and expertise with a special focus on the dining experience and volume cooking, respectively.
Throughout the years, though, the mission of Wood Stone has been steadfast. Committed to quality, innovation and customer satisfaction, Wood Stone is here for you providing helpful information during the design phase and technical support throughout your relationship with our company and our products.