1. GME Supply 2015 - By The Numbers

    0.2 – Miles to the new Vietnamese Take Out restaurant in Columbia.

    Our staff may be single handedly keeping this place open.


    1 – GME Supply Staff Soccer Team regular season championship

    Let’s not talk about the playoffs, though…


    2 - Number of Times Kevin has driven from Columbia to our new location in Atlanta

    As the first transplant employee from our Headquarters in Columbia, he’s familiar with I-24 through Kentucky and Tennessee.

    3 – Additional vehicles added to the company fleet

    We’re still working on the plane.


    4 – Personal Trainers on staff

    Our team has gotten 33% more swole.


    6 - GBs of data streamed during NATE on our ClimbHigher cam

    You could watch our $20,000 giveaway in real time, straight from sunny Orlando, FL. See the timelapse of the entire show here.


    7.5 - Hours it took Andrea to finally eat the peanut m&m’s that were replaced with peanut butter m&m’s without her knowledge

    Dan swapped them out first thing in the morning, and then waited for her to take the first bite. She was quite confused.


    14 - Consecutive Sun Glasses emojis sent to Josh, without reply 

    The first new-hire at our Atlanta location. These were sent over multiple days.


    15 - Minutes of drone flight before crashing it into a flagpole

    They recommend you fly 10 hours in an open area before getting close to anything. We read the instructions after the crash. We’re better at it now. See some footage over on Instagram.


    44 - number of cars worth of CO2 our Net Zero energy building saves every year. That’s 212 metric tons if you’re keeping track at home.

    A roof of solar panels, sun tracking skylights, and an ultra-efficient structure. We actually produce more energy than we use. You’re welcome Earth.


    49 - States that we are a 1,2,3 day standard ground shipping point to

    No matter where you are in the US, our gear is literally a day or two away with shipping that won’t break the bank.


    67% - Increase in sales staff

    New locations require extra staff, but we also broke out our regional staff to better serve you!


    87- Years of misery put to bed with the Royals World Series win (yes- one of the fans wasn’t alive in ‘85)

    The majority of the baseball fans root for the Cardinals, so the small KC contingent was especially happy that Royals got it done. #1738 


    125% - Increase in warehouse space

    We have all our gear, ready to ship in our expansive Atlanta warehouse. More gear in more places means it’s even more convenient and cheaper for you!

    500 - Free lunches provided during our “Lunch and Learn” trainings

    We invite everyone in the area to stop by for a quick 1-hour training, and free lunch. We’ve covered traffic safety, confined space, hi-visibility, and more!


    675 - Miles between our Columbia and Atlanta Locations

    Thanks to our new high-tech Google Hangout enabled conference rooms, we’re able to work like the two buildings are next door to each other.


    1532 - Number of live chats completed

    Can’t chat on the phone? Do it with your fingers.


    2500 - Energy Drinks stocked in the health fridge

    If we’re talking faster on the phones, you know why. Caffeine's healthy... right?


    9511 - Likes on instagram photos

    From shots of towers, training, or random nonsense around our office. We’re posting it all. Use #ClimbHigher on your photos and we’ll share ‘em!


    20,000 - Dollars of prizes given away at NATE in Orlando

    And we’re going bigger in 2016! Swing by our booth in New Orleans to get in on the winning.


    42,819 - Facebook Likes

    Mash the like button with 42k of your closest #RealTowerClimbers to keep up with our updates, news, contests, and more!


    120,000 – Catalogs Distributed

    Every order gets one. We send them out for free to everybody that requests one. We pass ‘em out at tradeshows. Get yours here.


    325,000 - Minutes watched on our YouTube channel

    We haven’t quite caught up with PSY, but our educational, informative, and entertaining videos help you choose the right gear to work safely.
    975,000 - Pounds Shipped

    We sent it by land, air, and sea. Our gear arrives where you need it, when you need it.


    2,250,000 - Page Views

    We crushed our goal that we set in last year’s numerical review. You may notice us doing the same in 2016!

  2. 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!

  3. GME Supply - 2013 Year in Review

    GME Supply Year in Review - 2013

    GME Supply deals with a lot of numbers. With 2013 in the books, and 2014 just beginning, we'd like count down the facts! Consider this our annual report, of sorts...

    0 – Net energy that our global headquarters uses thanks to our new solar panels.

    We are harnessing energy from the sun to power our entire facility. The warehouse, the showroom, our offices, even our YouTube studio.

    1 – Players ejected from indoor soccer league.

    In all fairness... he had a reason to argue with the ref. It was a bad call...

    1.5 – Average rings before our customer service team answers a call.

    It's always a race to see who can get the phone off the hook fastest. You won't be waiting long if you give us a buzz.

    3 – New Buildings

    Home sweet GME Supply. We like our new digs.

    4 – Quarterly Catalogs

    Download 'em online or request a hard copy for yourself!

    5 – Kegs for new facility grand opening party.

    Luckily... we had a great showing of folks from our community so we didn't have to drink them all alone.

    27 – Gum Varieties at “Gum Buffet”

    Double Bubble, Big League Chew, Orbit... Even Fruit Stripe. Does anyone even like Clove?

    29 – % of employees with standing desks.

    We're not saying sitting is wrong, but standing feels so right.

    29 – Countries we shipped gear to

    Worldwide! We won't list 'em all... but we now know that people need gear no matter their geography!

    31 – New Brands offered

    Making it 91 total... how many more will we have in 2014?

    126 – Pounds of coffee consumed

    Java! We operate best when we're highly caffeinated.

    160Klein Mini Buckets Sold

    They are really neat... but what are you all using them for? We want to know!

    173 – Acres of trees – Equivalent in Carbon Offset.

    You're welcome, Planet Earth! By making our own electricity, our carbon footprint is minuscule!

    275 – % of shipment increase

    We've been keeping our UPS guy(s) busy.

    283 – % of employee growth

    We're going to need more desks. Again.

    365 – Miles of rope sold

    (Just over 523 Kilometers) Who's up for the world's largest game of tug of war?

    1,200 – Baby-bel cheeses consumed from “Health Fridge”

    Not only do they taste good but their little wax packaging is cool too.

    1,260 – Protein Shakes consumed

    Making our personal trainers proud. Apparently donuts aren't the best thing to eat right after a workout? Whatever...

    1,664 – Hours of employee training

    Learnin' up on our knowledge. If we don't know what we're talking about, what good are we? You may have seen our hands-on training with Petzl earlier.

    3,004 – % increase in warehouse space

    And that is almost full, too. Thanks to all of our new brands and products, our shelves are stocked!

    6,329 – Facebook Likes

    Liking us there and following us on Twitter are the best ways to keep up with us on the interwebs.

    18,000 – Pushups completed during September pushup challenge

    We frequently took pushup breaks in the middle of our office to crank out a set or two.

    200,000 – Dollars contributed to charity

    Giving back feels great... Our employees also adopted some kids during the holidays and bought everything on their wish list!

    580,000 – Pounds shipped

    Ground, air, freight... we do it all. A lot. Sometimes you can't wait on your gear and we get that. We'll get it where you need it, when you need it. No matter how much it weighs.

    1,467,025 – Page Views our website

    Thanks to all 1,467,025 of you for stopping by. Here's to Climbing Higher in 2014!

  4. Twas the Night Before Training


    Twas the night before training, and all through the site,

    Not a climber was unsafe, not even at-height.

    The gear bags were hung on the work truck with care,

    In hopes that certification soon would be there.

    The climbers were nestled all snug in their beds,

    While visions of capstans danced in their heads.

    Instructor in harness, and I in hard hat,

    Had just settled down by the tower out back.

    When up on tower there arose such a clatter,

    We sprang with our rope grabs to see what was the matter.

    Away on the lifeline I flew like a flash,

    Tied off to my D-ring, and climbed with my B.A.S.H.

    Obstruction lighting shined down on to the snow,

    And lit up the various objects below.

    When, what to my bright Pixa2 should appear,

    But a miniature bucket, and some more tiny gear.

    With a little old climber, so lively and spry,

    I knew in a moment he came from GME Supply.

    More rapid than ever, he emptied his gear,

    He whistled, and shouted, loud for all to hear.

    Now Petzl! Now Klein! Now Jet and Rock Exotica!

    On, Carhartt! On, Cadweld! On Falltech and DBI Sala!

    To the top of the tower, to the top of them all!

    Now scale away! Climb away! And never ever fall!

    And then, in a twinkling, he pulled rope from a spool,

    It was Sterling, and he anchored it according to rule.

    As I drew in my head, and was turning around,

    Down the tower he went, with an I’D to the ground.

    He was dressed in high-vis, from his hat to his shirt,

    He clearly wasn’t a man that’d ever get hurt.

    An EXO Fit harness, he had flung on his back,

    Plus a FallTech lanyard with shock-absorbing pack.

    He spoke not a word, and went straight to his work,

    He filled each gear bag, and then turned with a smirk.

    Then placing his eye protection on top of his nose,

    He gave us a nod, back up the tower he rose.

    He flew up the tower, with the skill of a pro,

    With all the gear he brought, we were sad to see him go.

    I heard him exclaim, as he reached the spire,

    Happy holidays to all, and to all, Climb Higher.

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