Positively West Virginia
Episode 63: Lean Manufacturing in the Mountain State - Gat Creek

Gat Caperton is president of Gat Creek, located in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. Gat Creek is a West Virginia manufacturer of solid wood home furniture. Gat Caperton acquired Gat Creek from its founder in 1996. Originally named Tom Seely Furniture, the 50 plus year old business now employs more than 150 artisans in Berkeley Springs. The company sells its branded products via 200 plus retail stores throughout the United States and does proprietary manufacturing for national retailers. Gat Creek made an early and steadfast commitment to lean manufacturing, environmental sustainability, and being an employer of choice.






  • 3:21 Fill in the gaps of that brief introduction.
  • 5:09 How did you get started in the furniture business?
  • 7:46 What is your 30 second elevator pitch?
  • 8:37 What are you most excited about for your company right now?
  • 10:02 What has been your worst business experience so far?
  • 11:56 What is the lesson you learned from that experience?
  • 13:17 What is your geographic market?
  • 15:36 What is the best thing about being in business in WV?
  • 16:21 Positively West Virginia Commercial Break
  • 17:01 What is the long term vision for your company?
  • 18:55 What is your take on manufacturing in the state of WV?
  • 20:48 How do you attract new customers?
  • 22:05 What is one piece of advice you would give a young entrepreneur?
  • 23:02 What is one thing you do every day that contributes to your success?
  • 23:31 What is one resource you can’t live with out?
  • 24:39 What is one book you would recommend?

The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement

  • 27:19 National Capitol Investment Fund.
  • 31:14 Is there anything else you would like to discuss?
  • 32:22 What is the best way for people to learn more about Gat Creek?