December 2014

  1. 2014: By The Numbers

    2014 GME Supply By The Numbers

    We deal with a lot of numbers throughout the year. And to close out 2014, we reviewed 'em all and pulled out some highlights. Some are business, some are office nonsense. Check out the list below!

    1 – Canadians On Staff

    Our skilled ice skater count also increased by 100%. He’s even a hockey coach, eh!

    3 – Personal Trainers on Staff

    There are frequent pushup breaks in the middle of the office, and pull up contests on the fat grips in the warehouse. This also explains the plank challenge below.

    4 – Employee Injuries Due to Recreational Sports

    A separated shoulder, a probably broken nose, tendonitis of the hip, a hairline fracture or two… Fortunately, we have health insurance.

    6 – Seats on Industry Boards and Committees

    Including TIRAP, Wireless Industry Safety Taskforce, and Manufacturing and Engineering Committee just to name a few.

    7 – Beards Grown in November

    There wasn’t an end goal, and nobody knows when the facial hair phenomenon started, but for a while there we had a pretty lumberjack-looking workforce.

    8 – Ping Pong Based Term Negotiations

    The addition of ping pong and air hockey to our conference room helps make the days go by a little faster, and can even facilitate some business deals.

    25 – Robert’s Fruitless Deer Hunting Trips

    “Half of the time, I didn’t even see a single thing,” Robert said, “There were even some three day weekends in there. Never even drew the bow.” We’re still holding out hope that he’ll get one.

    26 – Decibel Server Volume Increase

    While the upgrade does have 300% more storage capacity, and 4 times the processing power, it also sounds like there’s a tornado made of jet engines cooling the thing. If the door is open, the sales guy sitting closest to it has to, by law, don ear protection.

    28 – Hosted Supplier Trainings

    Capstans, at height solutions, OSHA 10, Lifting and Rigging… the list goes on. Our multipurpose training facility is big enough for your whole crew. We might even bring fajitas for lunch.

    37New Manufacturers Added

    2W, Leica, Rayovac, Pelican, Hougen Manufacturing, Generac, Westfall Professional… 128 in total. How many more will we have in 2015?

    42 – Countries We Shipped Gear To

    Zambia, Dubia, Germany, Ireland, Brazil, Wales… obviously Canada, China, Mexico. We even won the Region 7 Exporter of the Year award from the federal Small Business Administration.

    45 – Combined Man Hours on Broken Down Party Bus on the Way to Cardinals Game

    I mean, the bus was moving. But there was no A/C. And it was July. In the Midwest. It was pretty miserable. Luckily we only drove 30 minutes past the bus rental facility, where we unloaded and still made it in time for first pitch.

    65% – Employees Using Standing Desks

    Last year it was 29%. It’s a revolution!

    100% - Warehouse Shelving Space Increase

    We like to keep things in stock, so you get your gear when you need it. For that to happen, we needed more space. You’re welcome.

    200 ft2 – NATE Tradeshow Booth Size Increase

    Our booth got a little crowded last year, so this year we’re doing it big. We’ll have even more gear, giveaways, and products.

    $315 – Payouts for Cheating on Diet Bet (In $5 Increments)

    Five bones to every person participating, every time you cheat. Saturday is cheat day. Eat right, get rich. Eat cookies, get poor.

    355 – Place in Inc 5000 List of Fastest Growing Companies

    Inc. recognized us as the 355th fastest growing company in the country. Thanks to our great customers who have given us that opportunity! 

    434 – M&M’s that Sasha Wouldn’t Eat from Trail Mix Bags

    He only allowed himself one M&M candy per handful of trail mix. All the others went into a jar. (Yeah he’s one of the personal trainers.)

    475 – Minutes of Planks Done in December During Plank Challenge

    Workin’ on our six packs, 60 seconds at a time.

    765 – Number of Times Kevin said “Literally”

    He says it way too frequently… like, literally a few times in every conversation.

    985 – Miles Driven by Accounting Manager and/or Her Son(s) for Special Deliveries

    Crossing state lines, if UPS can’t get it there fast enough, we’ll find a way to get our products to our customers. Even if it means a mother/son weekend trip in the minivan.

    1,040Live Chats Completed Online

    Can’t talk on the phone, or just prefer getting things done on the keyboard? Live chat is for you.

    1,621 – Different Products in our Showroom

    That’s not individual items, it’s different products. 1622 if you count the complimentary coffee.

    24,602 – Facebook Likes

    We’re going to motor past 25,000 shortly. Check us out on Instagram as well. Share you photos with us and we’ll re-gram ‘em.

    85,000 – Pounds of Ice Melt Sold

    By the bag or by the pallet, pick it up or we’ll deliver.  Polar vortex, schmolar vortex.

    90,477 – Airline Miles Traveled

    From meetings with customers, to NATE Unite 2014, to Washington DC for the TIRAP initiative.

    126,898YouTube Minutes Watched

    Instructional, product overviews, testimonials, behind the scenes… there’s a little bit of everything in our 160+ video collection. And it’ll keep getting bigger.

    $360,000 – Dollars Donated to Charity

    We love giving back to the community around us. We adopted local children for the holidays and bought them everything on their wish list, sponsored local events, and volunteered our time more than ever this year.

    700,000 – Pounds of Gear Shipped from our World Headquarters

    By ground, air and sea… we get your gear where you need it, when you need it.

    1,709,520 – Page Views on our Website

    Almost a quarter million more than last year. Let’s see if we can hit 2 mil in 2015!


    Check out last year’s numbers to see how we’ve grown. Have a happy new year, and we’ll see you all in January!

  2. Compact Self-Retracting Lifelines

    Personal Fall Limiters are designed to be lightweight, durable, and comfortable. They reduce fall distance to mere inches, which reduces the forces put on your body during a fall. The Diablo series from Guardian are some of the lightest on the market.



    They come in a variety of sizes, styles, and from a hand full of different brands. And you can use them as a single leg, or twin-leg device. There are even some designed specifically for foot level tie-off.


    Connect the SRL to your dorsal d-ring using a rated carabiner, and then pull the lanyard from the device to tie-off. Many compact twin-leg SRLs, like the DBI Sala Nano-Lok and the FallTech Duratech lines use a carabiner or connection device that actually slides under the webbing below the dorsal-d ring on your harness. This leaves the d-ring open in case a rescue is necessary. The video below shows how to install the Duratechs.



    Need more info? Give us a call, or chat us online and we'd be glad to help you choose the right SRL!

  3. Choosing Traction Devices

    Winter weather brings a lot of new challenges to the table. Falls due to snow and ice cut into productivity. One slip can cause injuries, damaged equipment, and lost work time. Enter: Traction Devices.

     Boots and Traction Devices - GME Supply

    Not all traction devices are equal. There are many different designs out there. From basic version like the Yaktrax Walk to the heavy-duty traction hogs like the IceTrekkers Diamond, there are positives and negatives to each. It all depends on application. Check out the video below for more information on picking the right traction device for your work.



    Need more info? Give us a call, or chat us online and we’d be glad to help you decide.  

  4. Holiday Gift Ideas 2014

    Holiday Gift Ideas - GME Supply

    It’s that time of year again! We’re coming back from our tryptophan induced comas and thinking about all the holiday shopping in front of us. Luckily, we’ve gathered all of our top gift ideas in one convenient place to make things easy for you! Let’s look at a few of our favorites:


    Milwaukee Gift Sets

    You’re pretty much getting free tools here. They’ve paired a sweet bottle opener with their 10-in-1 Multi-Bit Driver, and a do-it-all pocket knife with their super-functional Fastback Utility Knife. Milwaukee’s bread and butter may be their power tools, but these sets are perfect stocking stuffers that’ll fill out the tool box of every do-it-yourselfer on your shopping list.

    Milwaukee Tool Gift Sets - GME Supply


    Stanley Thermoses

    Stanley has been in the biz for over 100 years, so they know what they’re doing. We carry a large selection of Stanley Thermoses in a wide variety of sizes. A couple of the most popular are the 16oz One Handed Vacuum Mug and the 8oz Flask. The mug uses the same vacuum insulated body that Stanley is known for, but in a more compact, cup-holder-friendly form factor. And the flask, well… you can use it for your coffee creamer. Or… ya know, whatever you need to stay warm when the temps drop.


    Stanley Thermoses - GME Supply


    IceTrekkers Diamond Grip Traction Cleats

    IceTrekkers make sure you stay upright when things get slippery. Their aggressive traction devices slip easily onto your work boot and allow you to grip into snow, ice, and mud like never before.


    IceTrekkers Diamond Tracktion Devices - GME Supply


    GME Supply 5104Mini Leather Bottom Bucket

    What is this, a nosebag for ants?? It’s constructed of the exact materials as the full size 5104 bucket that’s used every day on the jobsite, just smaller. It’s a perfect gift for tower climbers, riggers, or contractors.


    GME Supply Mini-Bucket - GME Supply


    GME Supply Climb Higher Premium Tri-Blend Shirts

    These allow the tower climbers on your list to show off the pride they take in doing their work. Made from high-end tri-blend fabric, they’re much more comfortable than a regular t-shirt and they’re designed for superior fit and comfort.

    GME Supply Climb Higher Shirts - GME Supply


    GME Supply Holiday Gift Card

    Can't find the perfect item? Don't know exactly what they want or need? Let them decide. Get a GME Supply Gift Card and they can pick for themselves!

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