Government honors Gat Creek for export growth

Company sells case goods made in West Virginia

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — Solid wood case goods manufacturer Gat Creek has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Commerce for its export growth over the past year.

The company said that it recently received the first Export Achievement Certificate of 2014 issued by the DOC. West Virginia Rep. Shelley Moore Capito and Leslie Drake, director of the U.S. Export Assistance Center in West Virginia, presented the award to Gat Caperton, company owner, in late January.

"The award today is a recognition of good hard work on their part to employ more people, to expand the West Virginia work force, and to give their employees a chance to live and work in an area they love and where many of them have grown up," Capito said in a statement.

The certificate recognized the company for the growth it has achieved in its export business over the past several years.

Up until five years ago, the company exported only to Canada, Caperton said. Today, it exports to 28 other nations and has seen much of its sales growth in the past year or so take place in the Pacific Rim.

"Over the last two to three years, we've worked really hard to expand our exports and move to new markets," Caperton said. "We've just begun exporting to Asia as well as Europe. It's always fun to send stuff to Asia as opposed to import stuff from Asia. We take pride in that."


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