Team member | Dorchester County EDA

Dorchester native Tom Powley joined the wire mesh manufacturer GKD as CEO of its North American division in 1994. He believed then – as he does today – that Dorchester’s reputation as a center of metal fabric manufacturing and strategic mid-Atlantic location, made it the perfect location for GKD’s U.S. headquarters. Designed by renowned French architect Dominique Perrault, GKD-USA built their award-winning flagship headquarters as an operations center and a manufacturing facility. With talented craftsman and easy access to key markets, the company has thrived in their Chesapeake location and now employs almost 100 people. Visit to learn how water moved this Dorchester-based company to weave a wire revolution.