The Woodmeister Story


Woodmeister Master Builders began in 1980 when Ted Goodnow convinced his parents to give him the money they had set aside for his college education so that he could start a woodworking business instead. While still a teenager, he completed a two-year cabinet and furniture making apprenticeship and opened his business in Worcester. His brother joined him and the two craftsmen began to carve out a niche in the commercial and residential millwork and cabinetry market.

Ted and Kim GoodnowAt a customer’s request, the brothers took on the role of general contractor for a project. This commitment to meeting the needs and priorities of their customers became the driving force in Woodmeister’s growth ever since.

Five years later, Ted purchased his brother’s share of the business and changed the name to Woodmeister Corporation. Joined by his wife Kim, Ted devoted his time to managing and building Woodmeister into an internationally renowned, multi-million dollar company, and a leader in the construction of legacy homes. Ted and Kim have cultivated a corporate culture that thoroughly fosters and reinforces the qualities of excellence in the workplace, the spirit of life long mentoring, and the pursuit of achieving customer delight.


In need of more room for its expanding millwork shop and construction business, the company moved to a new state-of-the-art facility in Holden, Mass in 2006. Shortly after, the company changed its name to Woodmeister Master Builders to reflect its comprehensive construction capabilities and superior standards of quality.

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During the following years, Woodmeister honed its master builder process. Born from the company’s roots as cabinetmakers, the essence of the master builder process is a unique inside/out mind-set of carefully considering every aspect of how the internal and external design affects each other. It is a proven approach of collaborative planning and construction excellence that guarantees a successful project outcome and to exceed everyone's expectations.


As the business rapidly grew, the Goodnows expanded their focus to caring about employees and customers.  Keeping employees safe in the shop and on the job site became a top priority. Woodmeister invests in training and safety programs for employees in an effort to reduce and eliminate un-safe practices and other health hazards throughout the company and in the field.

For more than a decade Woodmeister has practiced open book management and has an employee incentive plan to encourage everyone to take ownership of the company’s success. This entrepreneurial leap of faith along with its exemplary corporate culture earned Woodmeister the prestigious honor of Top Small Workplace by the Wall Street Journal and Winning Workplaces. Woodmeister also was recognized as The Boston Globe’s 100 Top Places to Work.

In 2004 Woodmeister created the Next Level Leadership Program to provide employees with leadership coaching, personal and professional development and team building skills at all levels in the company. The company’s achievements were noted with the Mentor of the Year MIDDIE award from Design New England in 2011. The award recognizes mentors who teach, guide, encourage and support the next generation of design and building professionals.


Mirroring their own values of environmental stewardship, Ted and Kim Goodnow 

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have steered the company’s rational sustainability, a common sense approach to sustainable construction. Utilizing the most advanced products, technologies and certifications available, we believe it is our responsibility to be conscious of the environment in the construction of homes and interiors that enhance health and comfort and reduce the use of energy.

Today, Woodmeister employs over 100 craftspeople with offices in Holden and Nantucket, Massachusetts, New York City, and Newport, Rhode Island. The company’s primary areas of expertise include comprehensive fine residential construction, renovation, restoration, and lifestyle management services; and creating one-of-a-kind architectural millwork and cabinetry. Woodmeister’s broad scope of work can be found throughout the Northeast, in the United Kingdom and along the Pacific coast. 

Woodmeister embraces innovation while holding true to the master builders’ time-honored techniques and fine craftsmanship. The company empowers its employees to do exceptional work, building architectural legacies that delight and will endure for generations.