A trusted family owned supplier of residential, architectural and commercial interior flush wood doors.
Founded in 1978, Lynden Door is a family owned and operated business that has become one of the leading producers of residential, architectural and commercial doors in the Western U.S. and Canada.
Located on a 52-acre site 2 hours north of Seattle, Lynden Door’s history is deeply rooted in a sincere faith and humble trust in God, and a belief that “if you want a long and satisfying life never forget to be truthful and kind. If you want favor with both God and man, and a reputation of good judgment and common sense, then trust the Lord completely with everything you do, put God first and He will direct and crown your efforts with success” Proverbs 3, The Living Bible.
The business is built around faithfully serving people and supporting Christian ministries. As a family owned business, our desire is to extend that “family” atmosphere to all of our customers, suppliers or employees. The purpose is to honor God in how Lynden Door conducts business. As a business, the goal is to realize a profit by meeting the needs of people. Profit provides business stability and strength and permits growth, which benefits the owners and employees, those with whom they do business, and the community.
At Lynden Door, Inc., we pledge ourselves to:
• Honor God in all we do
• Help people grow and develop
• Pursue excellence
• Grow profitably
A LEGACY CENTERED AROUND GOD AND FAMILY.
From humble beginnings over 70 years ago as Bargen Bros. Woodwork LTD helped rebuild a devastated hometown community in Canada and over 40 years ago with a fresh start in a small NW Washington town where the city’s identity and character seemed ideal for the company name – Lynden Door, Inc.
Our heritage is the story of a father and son coming together in business to build a company that would honor God and His faithfulness, develop people, pursue excellence and grow profitably. Through that journey, we also acknowledge our customers have trusted us to supply them the highest quality wood doors on the market, giving us sustained growth and a legacy for the next generation of families and employees calling Lynden Door home. We are genuinely grateful for your business, your support, and your friendship.
Thank you from the Bargen Family
Our family is exceedingly thankful for the opportunity to have celebrated with you the 70th anniversary of our shared heritage in the door business and the 40th anniversary of Lynden Door, Inc. With the dedicated hard work of so many incredible people through those years, it is difficult to put into words the profound gratitude that we have for all of you who have labored in this effort with us. With what my father John Bargen started years ago in response to a massive flood and community emergency in Yarrow, BC, it is evident that only God could have known what was to come. At a time when people in my Dad’s community had lost so much, Dad chose to do what he could. His willingness to get involved set in motion a career for himself and ultimately led to a community business here in Lynden, WA. Dad used his skills and ingenuity to help give the people in Yarrow a glimmer of hope in what was a harsh reality of overwhelming damage to their homes and personal belongings. Out of that experience, Dad made happy customers because they had fresh clean doors to replace the flooded and damaged building components in their homes. Dad had perhaps a hundred customers during that season.
Today, through the efforts of our team of people at Lynden Door, we are blessed to serve hundreds of customers and thousands of home and building owners everyday. We are blessed that we can enable customers to enter through the doors of their homes to find comfort and safety.
It is with heartfelt and sincere appreciation from our family that we say thank you for the ways that you have helped to build this business into what it is today. Through how you contribute your skills, your abilities, your hard work, and your commitment to service, you too help meet needs of today’s customers and bring them happiness with our quality doors and products.
Thank you for having celebrated the accomplishments of this 70/40 milestone, and joining us in building Lynden Door, Inc. for the future.
THE HISTORY OF LYNDEN DOOR
Although company President Ted Bargen has been guiding Lynden Door’s development since the company’s founding in 1978, his exposure to the industry started even earlier, as he literally grew up in the door business through his father John’s earlier successful ventures.
“It all started with a flood . . .
In 1948, a serious flood in the Fraser River Valley in British Columbia, Canada started a sequence of events that set the stage for the Lynden Door of today. As a 25-year-old newlywed, John Bargen took up the challenge of replacing the waterlogged stile and rail doors in the flooded homes of the valley with newly invented hollow-core flush doors. This humble beginning from a carpenter’s workshop in the small village of Yarrow, B.C. led to a thriving door manufacturing business that has expanded from the Fraser Valley into a trading region encompassing much of Canada and the Western United States.
The original 1945 building is still standing today in Yarrow, B.C. This building, built by Ted’s grandfather, was previously used as a workshop for their home and barn construction business. The small door business in Yarrow eventually found its way to Richmond, B.C. using several converted chicken barns on “Bird Road”. These buildings served quite well until 1958. A new plant was built on Shell Road, complete with a dry kiln, planers and cut stock production, and the company was heavily engaged in the Vancouver post-war building boom. John and his two partners later sold this business to their biggest customer, woodworking giant Sauder Industries, in 1965. John returned to the construction business.
The Bargen family moved from Richmond, B.C. to nearby Lynden, Washington and purchased a farm with considerable timber in Sumas, Washington. A small portable sawmill was the starting point and soon John and Ted were looking to broaden their enterprise. The owners’ shared dream of re-entering the door business began to take shape.
Ted recalls the spring of 1978. “During the month of May, my dad and I along with some great helpers, were constructing our first building for Lynden Door. The framing of the building, which took place in May, included the assembly of twenty humongous homemade trusses to span the forty-four foot building. Sal Biondolillo, who was our first employee, helped build the foundation and then left with his family in a 1970 Chevy van for Florida.” (Sal later returned to a long career with Lynden Door and is now the Company Chaplain.)
Ted continues, “The vision of making doors was still only a dream as we did construction work during the day and rebuilt used glue-spreaders and Wadkin double-end Tenoners at night. The only new machine to be part of this start-up plant was the lime green multi-rip saw, which arrived from Czechoslovakia. This eight thousand pound machine was delivered to Westside Building Supply on Front Street in Lynden, since we didn’t have a roof over anything until the end of June.”
And so it was that John, together with his son Ted, 24 years old and newlywed, started a new door manufacturing plant in Lynden, Washington. The family has also been blessed with the founding of the nearby Cedar Springs Christian Retreat Center ministry in Sumas, Washington, a non-profit organization, as well as the most recent launch of the Technic Center, a training center built on site to to prepare high school students for jobs specializing in woodworking and manufacturing.