Grand Valley’s Glideware business taking off nationwide
Two years ago, Jenny Hall, a Grand Junction resident, was about to cook a holiday meal. She quickly became frustrated with the fact all her pots and pans were not easily accessible.
So, she and her husband, Dave Hall, invented a solution — Glideware, a product to eliminate kitchen clutter, increase cabinet space, and prolong the life of pots and pans.
Glideware hangs pots, pans and lids evenly on hooks within a drawer spacer. A single Glideware costs $199 and comes with seven hooks. Also available is the “Dual-ing Glideware” ($379) and a pantry organizer ($189), which includes five hooks. Additional hooks are available for purchase for $20 a pair.
“Having Glideware provides that extra space for cookie sheets at the bottom of the cabinet you didn’t have before,” Dave said.
A LOCAL BUSINESS IS BORN
According to Dave, Glideware got its start as a business when friends of the family expressed interest in their kitchen organizer.
“We had no idea anyone else was having the same problems we were,” Dave said. “We quickly realized we needed to make more and sell these.”
The pair then began raising money through Kickstarter, an online fundraising mechanism, for their new venture — for both production and to get Glideware patented. The web-based campaign raised close to $34,000, which covered the Halls’ first production run of 400 units.
“The day after the Kickstarter ended, I added a shopping cart option to our website, just to test it out,” Dave said. “By the end of the week, I had sold another 10.”
The next push for Glideware was to expand into wholesale/retail across the United States. The Halls thus attended the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas last spring, which hosted more than 82,000 attendees and 600 other vendors.
Multiple news outlets and even DIY Network stopped by Glideware’s booth to check out their product, Dave said. DIY Network featured their product in a show called “I Want That” this past September.
AN AMERICAN-MADE PRODUCT
Glideware is made in the USA — manufactured in Rhode Island and packaged in Ohio. The Grand Junction-based company recently expanded to products to sell in Canada, Honduras, and Costa Rica.
Glideware sold several hundred units at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, Dave confirmed, with a little more than 4,000 Glideware units sold in 2014. Attendees of the show also noted that the kitchen product offered a successful “universal design” for people with disabilities.
Rick Rettinger, from Delaware, recently became paralyzed from the waist down and is wheelchair bound. In the process of making a handicapped-accessible home, he was looking for products to include in his kitchen.
“I found Dave’s product and immediately fell in love with it,” he said. “It’s smooth, made with heavy material and it’s well put together. I’m very impressed.”
Want to pick one up locally? Glideware products are available online or at local companies including GJ Gardner (561 25 Road, Grand Junction), Osburn Cabinets and Design (682 W. Gunnison Ave., Grand Junction), and Pro Build (2773 Riverside Parkway, Grand Junction).
ABOUT THE HALLS
Dave grew up in Florida and attended University of Florida, graduating with a construction management degree. He obtained employment with Shaw Construction in Grand Junction two decades ago. Upon moving to the valley, Dave met his wife, Jenny, in 2001 in Castle Rock, Colo. She currently works as a Realtor for Bray and Company.
The Halls have two children as well: Alex, 16, and Samantha, 12.
For more information, visit http://www.glideware.com.
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