The Beginning - 1979
Leon and Janice Osborne started manufacturing and selling wooden items through a local Country Co-op. The business was located in a garage in Toccoa Georgia and was named Osborne Wood Products, Inc.
A Supplier of Table Legs - 1989
While in the sub-contract furniture industry Osborne realized the need to develop their own product line. After identifying a need for furniture parts in small quantities, Osborne started manufacturing table legs and pedestals, while still providing furniture for many local companies.
A Supplier of Island Legs - 1993
Leon noticed taller table legs used in kitchen cabinetry and started offering posts at 34 1/2 inches tall. This new development, along with a national magazine advertising campaign, introduced Osborne to cabinet makers across America.
The Fire - 1994
The shop was hit by lightning, which resulted in a fire that consumed 95% of the facility. The associates of Osborne Wood Products decided together to press on and rebuild the company. Local businesses and townspeople came to the support of Osborne, offering warehouse space, supplies, even use of a hydro-copy lathe. Suppliers extended longer terms and an understanding attitude. Business was back to normal (and growing) in less than a year.
www.osbornewood.com - 1998
Osbornewood.com was designed, developed, and released. Within two years the site had become a fully operational e-commerce site, where customers could order any part of the Osborne product line.
Carved Cabinet Components Introduced - 2003
The first corbels were produced by a leading carving company. These products were warmly received by customers and quickly led to an expanding line of carvings, including acanthus leaf, grape, basket weave, and more.
The Fitness Center - 2004
After years of dreaming and months of planning, Osborne Wood Products had a gymnasium erected behind the shop, complete with an aerobics room, racquetball court, weight room, and a full basketball court. This was done in a continuing effort to enhance the health and wellbeing of Osborne employees.
Lean Management - 2006
Lean Management took Osborne by storm when Leon Osborne initiated consultation from Georgia Tech University, in order to make the facility more efficient. Processes were revamped and the shop was rearranged completely, while lead time and cost were greatly reduced. To this day Osborne and its employees are constantly involved with lean management
The Green Addition - 2008
The Osborne plant expanded yet again, this time to accommodate brand new front offices. The entire office addition was built with the environment in mind. Recycled material was used where ever possible (ceiling tiles, carpet, insulation, etc.) along with low to no VOC paint, carpeting, and insulation. Energy saving windows were installed and the stone facade was created using non-quarried field stone.
Full Table Kit Production - 2012
The mass customization of full table kits began. Stemming from the popular custom table base kits; Osborne made available full table kits including: legs, apron, hardware and table top. Tables of all styles and sizes are now available at Osborne.
Furniture Kit Addition
Furthering the mass production of kits, Osborne added various furniture kits to the product catalog. Chair kits became available, along with a full free standing island kit. Finishing kits were also added to the product line, allowing customers a professional grade do-it-yourself finish.