In 1986, a man from small-town Georgia named Tom Gilmer purchased a small warehouse that had operated as a multiple-service company. He renamed it Gilmer-Georgia, Inc., a Sub-S Corporation, and signed on to provide trailer spotting and glass unloading services. Unfortunately, only one year later, the company closed the doors on their manufacturing operation. That didn’t stop Tom, however. With true vision and determination, he was able to obtain not only a new warehousing contract for what is now our Kathleen Warehouse, but also established Perry Transportation, Inc. to handle shipments of aluminum cans, at first only to beverage canners throughout the southeast, then later to supply a new brewery in Elkton, Virginia.
In 1989, Tom took his business two steps further. First, when he opened Four Star Container Company to service a new glass plant by supplying wooden shipping containers on a just-in-time basis. Gilmer-Georgia not only supplied manpower for the plant but also staffed the shipping department and supplied warehousing services through its Kathleen warehouse. Then, when he obtained another warehousing contract that gave Gilmer-Georgia the ability to handle the receiving, sorting, palletized, stretch wrapping, and shipping of their fan coil units to their customers on LTL shipments.
Busy as he may have been, Tom was never strictly just a business man. He was also a family man, and his company directly reflects that. From the start, his children, Aaron, Jonalyn, and Erica, were involved in various areas of the company, going to work with their dad and learning what it was that he did to put the bacon on the table each day. In the early nineties to the early two thousands, they became a permanent part of the company when they took on various management positions, at which time Gilmer Warehouse & Logistics, LLC, was officially formed.
In 2009, Tom felt like the time had come for his family to start taking full responsibility for the business operations of the company, as they had proven their ability and dedication many times over. So, he established a Trust for his three children with the intent that they would become the sole owners of the company when he retired. In 2015, Tom he began the transition of moving all voting shares to his children and their Trust.