From starting out of a backyard shed to operating a cutting-edge facility, our journey is far from typical. Whether it's the technology we implement or the team members we bring on board, we’ve 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 two decades later, and we’re just getting started.
The Start of It All
The Start of It AllJanuary 11, 1994
Gator opens its doors in Central, Louisiana, producing architectural millwork for the residential market of Livingston Parish and the surrounding areas.
Setting Up Shop
Setting Up ShopJanuary 11, 1996
Construction wraps up on Gators’ 3,200 sq. ft. facility located at 30590 Louisiana Hwy 16.
Chad Foster Steps Up to the Plate
Chad Foster Steps Up to the PlateJanuary 24, 2003
Chad Foster steps in to help his father and Gators’ co-founder, Randy Foster, run the company. Ambitious and optimistic about the future, Chad quickly embraces the challenge ahead of him, dedicating himself to the mission of growing Gator into an industry leader.
Gator’s Relationship with Innovation & Technology
Gator’s Relationship with Innovation & TechnologyJanuary 16, 2004
Ready to put ideas into action, Chad Foster becomes part-owner and sets Gator’s commitment to technology and innovation into motion with the purchase of the first Nested-Base CNC Router.
Chad Foster Takes on Full Ownership
Chad Foster Takes on Full OwnershipJanuary 19, 2005
Chad Foster becomes the sole owner of Gator Millworks.
Gator Purchases “the Red Building”
Gator Purchases “the Red Building”January 12, 2006
After two expansions and one addition, Gator purchases the neighboring property and metal building, now known as “the Red Building,” located next to its main office on Louisiana Hwy 16.
Gator Branches into the Commercial Market
Gator Branches into the Commercial MarketJanuary 11, 2007
After experiencing consistent successes under Chad’s guidance, Gator expands its capabilities to include commercial design and build services. These services now make up a significant portion of Gator’s projects and have allowed the company to bid on large-scale projects throughout Livingston and the surrounding parishes. With the decision to enter the commercial market, Gator quickly became a prominent figure in architectural millwork throughout the Southeast region of the U.S.
Gator Makes the Final Touches on its Facility
Gator Makes the Final Touches on its FacilityJanuary 17, 2011
Gator builds the final addition to its facility, adding up a total square footage of 21,755 for its buildings located on Louisiana Hwy 16.
Gator Makes Big Moves for a New Facility
Gator Makes Big Moves for a New FacilityJanuary 24, 2015
Internal planning and design start for Gator’s new manufacturing facility and design center. Chad Foster purchases the initial property on Florida Boulevard and commits to Steve McLin and McLin Construction to build the new facility.
Ideas Become Designs for Gator’s New Facility
Ideas Become Designs for Gator’s New FacilityMay 11, 2016
Gator produces construction documents after entering into an agreement with Ritter Maher Architects to develop the schematic design.
Overcoming the Great Flood
Overcoming the Great FloodAugust 13, 2016
Nine days after experiencing one of Louisiana’s most devastating floods, thanks to the help and support of the equipment suppliers, Gator Millworks got back to work using table and chop saws and any available hand tools to produce cabinetry. Ten short weeks after the flood, the fabrication shop was restored to capacity, and within ten months, the offices were rebuilt, along with a new state-of-the-art showroom.
Breaking Ground in Denham Springs
Breaking Ground in Denham SpringsJanuary 6, 2018
Gator Millworks begins construction on a 72,000 SF shop, showroom and office space located in Denham Springs.
Fighting COVID-19 with Face Shields
Fighting COVID-19 with Face ShieldsApril 1, 2020
As COVID-19 continued to surge and medical supplies plummeted, Gator Millworks used its technological resources and manufacturing capabilities to produce face shields. Through this contribution, Gator was able to make a direct impact on its community and the medical field.
Gator Steps into the Future and into a New Facility
Gator Steps into the Future and into a New FacilityJuly 1, 2020
Gator Millworks moves into its new facility, solidifying the success of turning its dream into a reality. Today, Gator’s cutting-edge facility illustrates the direct results of the company’s commitment to modern millwork and innovation.
Gator Hosts Its First Manufacturing Day
Gator Hosts Its First Manufacturing DayOctober 1, 2021
Gator Millworks celebrates National Manufacturing Day with an all-day career event for students and millwork enthusiasts, Manufacturing Day 2021. More than 200 students and guests from across the area experienced Gator’s modern manufacturing techniques and learned about the possibilities of a career in millwork. This event illustrates Gator’s commitment to its community and mission to build the workforce of the future.