written by Mike Irvine
In 1977, James T. Robinson and his sons, Alan and David, opened Woodhaven’s first location in Point Pleasant Beach with the goal of offering a comprehensive selection of lumber, millwork, and building supplies at competitive prices, along with the friendly, knowledgeable, go-the-extra-mile service that only a family-run business can provide.
Over the years, James, Alan, and David expanded Woodhaven’s offerings to include things like cabinetry design, decking, flooring, and millwork and truss manufacturing, to serve the growing needs of their customers. Today, Alan and David Robinson continue to lead Woodhaven with the same beliefs and integrity handed down from their father. They understand how important buying a home is to their customers. “Your home is probably the biggest purchase you will ever make, and we take that investment seriously,” notes Alan Robinson. And they recognize that a builder’s reputation needs to be as strong as oak in today’s competitive landscape. That’s why both homeowners and builders have trusted Woodhaven for a better building experience for the better part of four decades.
Woodhaven has grown with the changing needs of its customers, and now boasts three full service lumberyards and four kitchen design centers. One of the company’s most significant events was the acquisition of its Lakewood facility in 1996. The 38-acre site is home to an extensive lumberyard and two rail sidings which enable Woodhaven to receive lumber, sheet goods, and other products direct from mills in rail-car quantities. Lakewood is also home to a 175,000 square foot warehouse where they manufacture a range of products like trusses, millwork, stairs, and railings.
In 1997, Woodhaven established its first dedicated kitchen design center, followed soon after by a flooring department. Their kitchen and flooring centers have expanded to encompass over 12,000 square feet of showroom space at their four coastal locations. By listening closely to their customers’ evolving needs, Woodhaven has grown from just a handful of employees to a company employing over 250 dedicated team members. Along the way they’ve built a fleet of over 60 trucks committed to on-time delivery all over New Jersey.
The Long Beach Island/Southern Ocean County region is an increasingly popular destination for seasonal and year-long residents. Woodhaven’s Manahawkin location, which opened in 2003, offers a full-service lumberyard with a large selection of building materials, and is currently redesigning its showroom space to give customers a better experience when shopping for windows, doors, kitchens, flooring, and moulding. (Woodhaven is open during renovations.) Now, contractors and homeowners in the LBI area have a comprehensive building supplier they can trust right at their doorstep.
As a local, family-run business, Woodhaven has a profound understanding of shore communities and their needs. This was never more evident than during the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy in 2012. Sandy devastated communities all along the Jersey Shore and Woodhaven was there for residents impacted by the storm, whether it was helping with a complete rebuild, giving a room a facelift, or searching for the right materials to weather the next storm. As an example, Woodhaven deals exclusively with Andersen Windows, because they know Andersen offers the perfect mix of quality products and commitment to service. And they’re certified installers of Andersen Windows, too. So, if you need installation or servicing help, you can count on Woodhaven to get the job done right.
A great deal has changed at Woodhaven Lumber & Millwork in the past 40 years, including their newly renovated website, WoodhavenLumber.com. Now customers can watch videos, discover new ideas and inspiration, explore their new online moulding catalog, and check out new upgrades for pros. But one thing remains the same: Woodhaven’s deep commitment to its customers and innovating to meet their changing needs. Their “customer first” approach to business has formed long-lasting relationships with homeowners, builders, and contractors through decades of changing design styles, growing communities, and innovation.
Woodhaven’s expert staff is ready to listen to your needs and supply the best products for your project. After all, your home is one of the biggest investments you will ever make. It’s important to choose a building materials supplier you can rely on. Woodhaven looks forward to continuing to meet the needs of their customers for the next 40 years and beyond.
Explore Woodhaven’s wide variety of building supplies and expert services at one of their four convenient shore locations: Manahawkin, Lakewood, Point Pleasant, and Shrewsbury*.
*Kitchen Showroom & Design Center only in Shrewsbury