West Virginia furniture maker to expand its facility
June 22, 2022 | 5:55 pm CDT
Gat Creek production

Furniture manufacturer Gat Creek is undergoing an expansion of its Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, solid wood furniture factory.

The factory ships around $25 million worth of products across the country annually and employs 150 workers. The expansion is expected to bring 65 more to the facility and double its production capacity. Gat Creek is currently ranked 220 on the FDMC 300 list of the largest North American wood products manufacturers.

Owner Gat Caperton says it's important to produce things locally. "And in our case, in particular, we're really sustainable at the time that sustainability has become more and more important,” Caperton said in a YouTube video.

This isn't the first expansion for the company. In December 2020, Gat Creek undertook a $4 million furniture plant expansion.

For his efforts on behalf of his company, and the residential furniture industry as a whole, Caperton was named a Wood Industry Market Leader in 2018. He was also named to the board of directors for the American Furnishings Hall of Fame in 2020.

The factory was founded in the 1950s as Tom Seely Furniture before it was bought and renamed by Caperton in 1996. Each piece of furniture is hand crafted. The company manufacturers bedroom, dining, office, and living room furniture.

“It’s like a reproduction of antique furniture. Everything’s built by hand,” said shop lead Michael Snow. “It’s just very interesting how it all comes together from start to finish. We take a (wood) panel down and we make a shape out of a square panel, and then it ends up turning into a bed or a table.”

Have something to say? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

Profile picture for user larryadams
About the author
Larry Adams | Editor

Larry Adams is a Chicago-based writer and editor who writes about how things get done. A former wire service and community newspaper reporter, Larry is an award-winning writer with more than three decades of experience. In addition to writing about woodworking, he has covered science, metrology, metalworking, industrial design, quality control, imaging, Swiss and micromanufacturing . He was previously a Tabbie Award winner for his coverage of nano-based coatings technology for the automotive industry. Larry volunteers for the historic preservation group, the Kalo Foundation/Ianelli Studios, and the science-based group, Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C2ST).