While working at Ross-Meehan, my grandfather William Louis Gaither, Sr. had his first exposure to the workings of a machine shop. He began to help with the overflow in his spare time, while at the helm of the electrical department. After continuing to receive overflow, now from machine shops throughout the chattanooga area, he purchased a small shaper. In the fall of 1944, he left Ross-Meehan to pursue the machining business in a small building behind his house. In 1946, with his quality and reputation growing, he moved the business to its current location in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee.
In the fall of 1946, shortly after military duty, my dad, William (Bill) Louis Gaither, Jr. took over the day-to-day operations of the plant. Under Bill's supervision, the company grew into the 19,000 square foot building in which the company occupies today. Early in Bill's career, as the president, his emphasis was directed to heavy planer mill and planer work. Bill continued to service the region's machine needs until his retirement in 1999.
After Bill's retirement, I took over as president. Since then I have been joined by two of my sons, Douglas as Office Manager and Benjamin as Vice President. Our mission is to continue to offer quality machining with the knowledge and capacities that have brought us in to the twenty-first century.
James Steven Gaither, President