Top Tips for Keeping Pets Safe this Spring

Spring is a time of all things new, a season when many people get inspired to make changes. Whether new additions or new adventures, it’s what’s on everyone’s mind.

With that said, it’s important to be safe wherever you are, and whatever you’re doing. As safety experts, we’d like to offer you our tips for keeping your beloved pets safe this spring, so the season is fun-filled and worry-free.

Home Improvements

As the temperatures rise, everyone seems to have spring cleaning and home improving at the top of their list. Whether you’re painting, de-cluttering, or adding a new addition onto your home, keep in mind that your pets could get very curious, and could be put at risk. Be sure to use pet-safe paint and pick up any object they could choke on, such as nails and other small tools. The best way to ensure their safety is to confine your pets to a safe room blocked off by a gate. Our Wire Mesh Gate Line is the perfect way to keep them out of harm. Choose the appropriate size based on the size of your dog, and relax knowing your furry friend is safe.

Lawn and Garden

Nothing says spring like a garden in full bloom, but remember that fertilizers and insecticides can be fatal to a pet if ingested. And some of those fragrant flowers we favor are a lot less harmless than they look; lilies, for instance, are poisonous to animals. If you want to enjoy your green thumb and your pet’s company at the same time, our 108” Keepsafe is the perfect solution. It can be used to block off a one-car garage and allows you to keep your pet outside with you, yet safely confined—even if you don’t have a fence.

On the Road

Spring is in the air, adventures await, and the only one happier than you to hit the road is your dog, who looks irresistibly cute with his ears flapping in the wind. But his vehicle safety is just as important as yours, and this is ensured by keeping him secured in a pet-safe area of the car. Our PetShield Travel Barriers are the perfect way to protect your pooch while on springtime joy rides. And for SUVs or vans, our 3716 Bucket Seat Barrier allows the whole family (pup included) to ride safely together.850

Once you get to your destination—whether beach, picnic, or party at a friend’s place—you can keep pets and kids safe and away from harm (stairs, stoves, barbeques, etc). with our Play Yards, complete with patented Sun Shades.

We hope you have a great summer. Just don’t forget to stay safe!

Another Great Year at Global Pet Expo

At GMI, we’re very proud of the quality products we manufacture, and we love introducing them to more people. One of our favorite things is to attend various industry trade shows, where we can get face-to-face with current and potential customers, while learning about the latest industry happenings.

We recently attended the Global Pet Expo, March 12-14 in Orlando, FL, and it was a great success. Global Pet Expo is simply the largest annual pet industry trade show, and the single best opportunity to connect with people in the pet industry. Thousands of people from around the world—exhibitors and attendees—come together to display and view products, network, and learn. It’s truly an exciting event.

This year proved to be no exception. There we exhibited our Variety Display Packs, which offer retail customers a great way to easily display gates or pet barriers. These packs are three-tiered systems that conveniently hold an assortment of gates or barriers in a streamlined, organized presentation. They show off the variety of gates/barriers within them, without taking up a lot of space, and look great standing at the end of aisles in retail stores.

We provide all of the racks and marketing to accompany the Display Packs, along with signage that connects to the rack and gives all of the information on the product, giving the consumer an educated choice. Because the customer clearly sees what they are buying, these products consistently result in an increase in sales and a decrease in returns.

We met with so many people at the Global Pet Expo who were very interested in this unique product, and it proved to be a great way to get leads and sales, but also to reach customers who are normally harder to reach. We also gave away a free iPad via raffle, and would like to congratulate the winner, Jim Warren, of Paws ‘N Play in Southern Maryland.

The event was a great success, and we can’t wait to go next year—hope to see you there!

Guide to Selecting the Perfect Pet Gate

If you’re searching for a pet gate for your home, you may quickly discover that they come in a myriad of different sizes, materials and mechanisms. Navigating through the options can indeed be overwhelming if you haven’t first considered the specific features that you want or need. The experts at Gateway Manufacturing are happy to offer our tips and suggestions to help you make the right choice.

An important consideration when you start your search is location. A common location for pet gates is at the top of a staircase. Called “top of stairs” gates, these gates are practical for owners of dogs both old and young. They protect young puppies from falling down a set of stairs and getting injured. They also protect old or sick dogs from climbing or descending stairs without proper assistance. The location of the gate can help you determine its size, type, and even style.

The size and temperament of your pet is also a deciding factor. A toy-sized dog typically won’t require a tall gate, while a larger breed animal would. A smaller dog may also be able to fit through the widely-spaced slats on certain gates, making mesh a better option. Animals that are prone to jumping over obstacles might also require a taller gate. Your pet’s size and personality can thus determine the height and style of the gate that’s best for your home.

Durability and looks are also important factors for many pet owners. Some gates are made from wire mesh, while others are made from wood. Wire is an ideal choice for dogs that tend to chew. Wood, on the other hand, has an organic look and feel and may be colored with pet-safe stains to match the surrounding décor.

Before you begin your search for a pet gate, consider your specific circumstances. The size and personality of your pet will play a large role in the type of gate that you need to establish an effective boundary. The location of the gate, in addition, should help you determine the right dimensions and aesthetic style for your home.

For more information about the different pet gates that Gateway Manufacturing offers, please visit our website or contact us today!

 

 

December is Made in America Month!

There was a time, not too long ago, when most everything we bought was made in factories within the U.S. Our manufacturing industry was strong. It employed our families, our friends, and our neighbors and produced just about everything we needed. Then in the 1970s U.S. manufacturing began to change as overseas manufacturing became a cheaper option.

It has taken a while but the importance of buying products made in the U.S. is news again. People are starting to realize that a strong manufacturing industry is vital to a strong nation. Manufacturing is the backbone of our economy and returns more money to the economy than it spends while employing thousands of people in steady, well paying jobs.manufacturingday9

December is the ideal time to become aware of our own spending power. As consumers we can aid the manufacturing renaissance by making a conscience effort to buy goods made in the U.S. In 1985, President Reagan proclaimed that December is Made in America Month. The proclamation reads, “I invite the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities to recognize and celebrate the excellence of American products.” What better way is there to celebrate American products then by purchasing American products?

At Gateway Manufacturing, we have always believed in the American dream. We understand the value of American workmanship. In products such as our wooden gates, each and every part is made and manufactured in the USA. We source all components from companies that are also committed to manufacturing in the U.S.

The economic importance of supporting our nation’s manufacturing industry is great.  Becoming aware of how one person can keep the industry moving forward is easy as news of the Made in America movement spreads.

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Keeping Children and Pets Safe During the Holidays

Thanksgiving is here, which means the holiday season has officially begun! It’s that special time of year when we spend extra time making memories with family, friends, and loved ones. However, it can also be a dangerous time if your home (or Grandma’s) isn’t properly child or pet proofed.

If your family’s home is anything like ours during the holidays (boisterous, loud and a bit chaotic) then you know how easy it can be to become forgetful of a small child or pet’s presence. One second can be too long when it comes to staircases, fireplaces and rooms with other hazards. The simple solution that doesn’t interrupt cooking, socializing or Uncle Gary’s exaggerated football stories; A reliable, pressure mounted baby and pet gate!376pic

According to this article, everything from poisonous poinsettias to Hanukkah candles poses risks; risks that can be avoided by the placement of a gate. A pressure mounted gate can be either kept on hand at your own home or easily transported to a relative’s. The advantage of using a gate that doesn’t require putting holes in walls is a plus, but ensuring the safety of your kids and pets is what gives you peace of mind during a fun yet stressful time.

At GMI, we offer a variety of gates in different shapes and sizes that can help you reach this peace of mind. We have everything from Wood expansion gates , Wire mesh gates , Wood slat swing gates , and more to help give your children and pets the protection they need. Eliminate all your added holiday stress by knowing your precious children and pets are safe and secure with the help from a GMI gate.

Want to know more about specific household items that can pose dangers and should be blocked off by gates? Check out this useful list. If you’ve got any questions about the right gate for your particular needs, feel free to contact us; we’re happy to help!

We wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday season!

Looking Back on the Global Pet Expo – Invention and Opportunity for Manufacturing in the Pet Industry

This year’s Global Pet Expo had all the hallmarks of a booming industry. The show was HUGE. The American Pet Products Association (APPA) and the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) are reporting record breaking numbers for retailer booths, buyers, media, and New Product launches!    GMI® is pleased to report that opportunities for manufacturing and manufacturing services were found around every corner.  Pet ownership is growing throughout the US, and the Pet Products market is growing along with it, topping $49 billion in 2012.  More and more, people are treating their pets as members of the family. Now that the economy is recovering, people are spending huge amounts of money on their furry friends, celebrating their birthdays and adding them to the holiday shopping list.  Contract Manufacturers all across the US are taking note of the boom!
More new and innovative products are available for pets than ever before.  The Global Pet Expo’s 2013 New Product Showcase featured more than 900 new products, with over 3000 new product launches at the show.  Being a Pet Products Manufacturer, GMI® had an excellent opportunity to show off our Pet Products (Travel Barriers and Pet Gates) to retailers and buyers at the Global Pet Expo. But it also served as a platform to show off our expertise as a Contract Manufacturer in manufacturing, assembly, fulfillment and packaging.    The products exhibited at Global Pet are the work of small inventors, family owned businesses, and in some cases huge corporations. Attendance at the Global Pet Expo provides all of these diverse companies with exposure to a massive audience of retail buyers, but also to the possibility of lowering their manufacturing, assembly, packaging or fulfillment costs, expanding their manufacturing operations, or outsourcing them completely.  A perfect example from the show took place with a fellow exhibitor on our aisle. He is a pet furniture manufacturer who is quickly growing out of his US manufacturing facility.  He spoke to us about our Wood Manufacturing capabilities and his need to outsource some of his assembly work. We were happy to fill him in! We had many similar inquiries from Exhibitors at the show about our manufacturing, assembly, retail packaging, OEM and fulfillment capabilities, for both small and large scale projects.

 

The boom in the Pet Industry means that almost everything available for a person is now available for a dog or cat:  leashes, strollers, insurance, clothing, electronic devices that allow you to track your pet through your smart phone, camera security systems that allow you to talk to your pet when you’re away from home, and even custom pet beds made to match the interior of your home.  The possibilities for a skilled Contract Manufacturer are endless!