Our Story

From technology to our team, Gator Millworks has established high standards for our work and customer service that will continue to propel us to greater levels of success. Our story has led us where we are today, but our journey is only just beginning.

Over The Years

1994

 

Located in Central, Louisiana

Gator Millworks opened in 1994 to produce architectural millwork for the residential market of Livingston Parish and the surrounding areas.

1996

 

In the fall of 1996,

the original 3,200 sq. ft. facility was built at 30590 Louisiana Hwy 16, where the company is currently located.

2003

 

Founder, Randy Foster, fell ill

and was forced to solicit the help of his son, Chad Foster, a junior in college at the time, to run the business. Foregoing his remaining time in college, Chad stepped into the role warily at first, but optimistic for the future thanks to continuous encouragement from his father.While intimidated by the prospect of running the company at first, Chad quickly embraced the challenge ahead of him. He dedicated himself to learning what would propel Gator Millworks into being an industry leader and set out to dictate the course for their future.

2004

 

Chad Foster became 50 percent owner

of Gator Millworks after he bought out co-founder Gary Henson and began Gator’s commitment to technology and innovation with the purchase of the first Nested-Base CNC Router.

2005

 

Sole Owner

Chad bought his father's stake in the company to become the sole owner of Gator Millworks.

2006

 

Expansion

After expanding the existing building twice and adding another building on the property, Gator purchased the neighboring property and metal building now known as the “red building” next to Gator’s main office on Louisiana Hwy 16.

2007

 

Gator branched into the commercial market

with consistent successes over the first three years of Chad's tenure. Today, commercial business is a significant portion of the work Gator Millworks handles and has allowed Gator to not only bid on large scale projects throughout Livingston and the surrounding parishes, but they have quickly become a prominent figure in architectural millwork throughout the Southeast region of the U.S.Two key components of the success of Gator Millworks under Chad’s guidance can be found in the loyalty and dedication of their employees and the way they are viewed throughout the local and woodworking community. Neither of these would be more evident than when, in 2016, Gator Millworks faced a future that many companies could not have overcome.

2011

 

Final Additions

Gator built the final addition to the current facility at the back of the property. Together, Gator’s current buildings on Louisiana Hwy 16 add up to 21,755 sq. ft.

2015

 

New Facility

Gator began internal planning and design for a new manufacturing facility and design center. Chad Foster purchased the initial property on Florida Boulevard and committed to Steve McLin and McLin Construction based in Denham Springs, Louisiana to build the new facility.

May 2016

 

Construction Documents

Gator entered into an agreement with Ritter Maher Architects to develop the schematic design and produce construction documents.

August 13, 2016

 

Massive torrential rain squalls

and devastating flooding hammered Livingston and East Baton Rouge parishes. By the time the waters had subsided, Gator Millworks had 72 inches of standing water in their buildings, but water had come through as much as six feet deep during the storms. Everything was completely destroyed.Instead of admitting defeat, the team set a course to not only recover from this devastation, but to come back better than ever. The first focus was to split the employees into crews. Some would stay on at the Gator buildings to gut and clean, while others were sent to the homes of fellow employees to help them in the process of rebuilding from their own losses.

August 21, 2016

 

Within just 9 days

Within just 9 days, the shop was once again producing cabinetry using table and chop saws and whatever other hand tools weren’t destroyed. Just 10 short weeks after the flood, the entire fabrication shop was restored to capacity thanks to the help and support of equipment suppliers and within 10 months the offices had been completely rebuilt along with a brand new state of the art showroom.

2018

 

Gator Millworks broke ground

on a 72,000 SF shop, showroom and office space in Denham Springs. Follow our progress as we work towards increased production and continual growth.

Watch Our Story: The Flood, One Year Later