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About Us

100% New Zealand Owned and Operated

Operating since 1963

Our History

Woodlynn was started in 1963 when Lyn Parris, a craftsman hand turner, began making bed legs on a lathe set up under his house. This quickly grew and within 18 months he moved to commercial premises in New Lynn and hired his first staff. The company continued to develop as an industrial turnery supplying turned components to other manufacturers, particularly in the furniture industry. In 1966 Lyn purchased land in Glen Eden and built new premises to accommodate the expanding business. Woodlynn is still located at this same address but the buildings have changed significantly from the original.


In 1991 Bob Williamson took over as Managing Director. Bob utilised his overseas experience to establish and develop a strong export market supplying container lots of components, such as bed posts and table legs, into a number of large Australian furniture manufacturers. This saw a successful growth period for Woodlynn until the strengthening NZ dollar and increasing competition from Asia resulted in a significant consolidation of the furniture industry on both sides of the Tasman.


In 2003 Woodlynn was bought by the Evans family, the current owners, with Barry Evans taking over as Managing Director. This has seen a diversification of products offered within the New Zealand market. Woodlynn now stock a large range of Handrail and Balustrade components for the building industry in addition to its extensive range of furniture legs. In 2006 Woodlynn took over the frame-making activities of Fleetwood Furniture. This involved supplying wooden frames for other manufacturers, mainly in the furniture and building industries.

 

In 2012 Woodlynn purchased the wood turning and wood working operations of Woodcroft Industries, which had started off as Mt Eden Turnery in 1923 (90 years earlier). At its peak Woodcroft employed over 80 staff and was a significant furniture and component supplier, with its own ranges of products including curtain rods, bed legs, cabinet knobs,  pin buttons and plug buttons. The Woodcroft operation was consolidated onto the Glen Eden site by expanding into an adjacent building. 

 

Today Woodlynn uses its well equipped manufacturing facility and dedicated staff to provide its customers a wide variety of product solutions in wood.