Wood Stone History
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 18,000 installations in over 80 countries worldwide.
Wood Stone 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 line of specialty commercial cooking equipment in addition to our oven offerings.
The Power to Perform 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.
In January of 2014, Wood Stone was acquired by the Henny Penny Corporation, a global leader in foodservice equipment solutions and the inventor of the first commercial pressure fryer. Located in Eaton, Ohio, Henny Penny manufactures commercial-grade cooking, holding and merchandising equipment for thousands of restaurants, supermarkets and institutions around the world. Like Wood Stone, Henny Penny is a market leader and premier brand in the foodservice equipment industry.
On December 30, 2014, Henny Penny and Wood Stone became employee-owned (ESOP). This ensures our continuing success as privately held and independently operated companies. Together, we look forward to a bright future.
Today, Wood Stone is here for you, steadfast in our commitment to the values of relationships, trust, innovation, accountability and quality. Our vision is to be the trusted industry leader – inspired by pride and our customers’ success. Our mission is to help customers create great food and a memorable experience.