Baker & Kerr – A Brief Company History
Two Friends. One Garage.
It all started with two friends, one garage and the desire to start a small woodworking business.
Dave Baker and Jim Kerr met more than four decades ago while working in the construction industry in the Washington, D.C. area. They began working together on side jobs, naming their fledgling company Wood ‘N Things and using Dave’s garage for their workspace.
Enter Baker & Kerr
Word-of-mouth and a growing reputation for superior work brought steady customers, and the partners decided to go full-time, which lead to Baker & Kerr’s founding in 1985. Continuing to operate out of Dave’s garage, Dave and Jim specialized in high-quality, one-of-a-kind pieces, namely residential furniture and built-ins for architects and interior designers.
The duo soon grew out of their garage space and moved to a 3,000 square foot warehouse on Pennsylvania Avenue and the Washington Beltway, ultimately incorporating in 1987. They expanded at that location several times, eventually spreading out to 15,000 square feet of space.
A Shift Toward Commercial Work
As Baker & Kerr’s reputation for excellence continued to grow, our customer base broadened to include commercial clients. We soon began to focus almost exclusively on the commercial construction market, earning more and more contracts for high-profile projects in the Washington, D.C. area.
In 1998, Baker & Kerr joined AWI (Architectural Woodworking Institute) and became a Quality Certification Program participant. Since then, our facility has adhered to AWI standards, methods and workmanship for the production, finishing and installation of millwork.
In 2000, our company was ready to expand again. This time, Dave and Jim decided to design and build their own facility, specifically engineered to meet the demands of high-end custom commercial millwork. They moved Baker & Kerr from its two-bay warehouse to its newly constructed state-of-the-art 25,000 square foot facility in the Trade Zone Industrial Park in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, where we’re still located.
Today, Baker & Kerr works almost exclusively within the commercial construction market, offering superior architectural millwork and expert turnkey services to general contractors in the greater Washington, D.C. area.