John Coleman graduated from The University of Georgia in the late 1970’s and went to work for Smith’s Cabinets in Athens as a designer. It was working there that Bill Claxton and John Coleman met and became friends.
In 1986 John Coleman opened his own cabinet shop with local entrepreneur, Steve Hanna. Hanna-Coleman, Inc. was born. For many years, they worked in a warehouse off of Highway 15 in Watkinsville.
In 1988 John Coleman died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 35. In 1989, Bill and Jane Claxton purchased Coleman Cabinets. As the business grew, so did their need for space. In 2003, Coleman Cabinets moved to their state of the art facility in Watkinsville. In 2011, Coleman Cabinets merged with The Cabinet Man to form Webber Coleman Woodworks.
The Cabinet Man
The Cabinet Man was a family owned business, which grew and expanded from the original cabinetmaker in Athens. Gartrell Floyd began his business 40+ years ago upon leaving World War II and a short stay in the textile industry.
In 1993, Mr. Floyd retired to other interests and the shop was operated for one year before Dan Webber escaped a corporate job to learn the business of woodworking. This type of business was appealing because Dan could see his dad as well as his children involved in the business.
For the first nine years of operation, the business was called Floyd Cabinets. During this time the shop equipment was upgraded, a finishing area was installed, relationships with many customers were formed and strengthened, and key shop personnel were brought in.
In 2003, the business name changed to The Cabinet Man. (After all, that is what everyone called us anyway.) The business continued to operate out of the original building on Floyd Drive. The product mix is approximately 65% residential (both new construction and remodel) with the 35% commercial being primarily medically related.
In November of 2010 a fire claimed the building at Floyd Drive and it was deemed a total loss. The Cabinet Man operated out of temporary quarters in Watkinsville for approximately one month until the decision was made to merge with Coleman Cabinets.
Webber Coleman Woodworks
Dan Webber & Bill Claxton merged The Cabinet Man and Coleman Cabinets together in 2011 and changed the name to Webber Coleman Woodworks. Dan bought out Bill's interest a few years later. In 2020, Jessica Webber purchased the business from Dan Webber and they are successfully transitioning to the next generation.
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