GME Supply Co Receives Significant Investment from Platte River Equity
Columbia, Missouri, December 4, 2019 – GME Supply Co (“GME” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce it has recently received a significant investment from Platte River Equity (“Platte River”), a private equity firm based in Denver, Colorado. GME, headquartered in Columbia, Missouri, is a market-leading distributor of fall protection, safety equipment and related gear for at-height workers in the telecommunications, wind, solar, industrial and construction markets.
“We are excited about our new partnership with Platte River,” said Beau Aero, Founder & CEO of GME. “We have grown significantly over the last 10 years and believe Platte River’s experience in our markets will help us further achieve our goals.”
Peter W. Calamari, Managing Director of Platte River said, “Beau and his management team have built an impressive organization with great customer service and consultative support for clients rooted in knowledge of products and best practices. Their unique position in a core group of niche industries and aggressive diversification strategy was a key factor in our decision to partner with their team. We hope to help GME continue to build upon this impressive track record.”
“Our company has always been focused on doing what is best for the industries we serve, and the customers within those markets,” Aero said. “In discussions with Platte River, it was clear that they understood our vision for the future. We’re looking forward to accelerating our growth and improving our
existing strengths to even higher levels.”
Matt D. Newill, Vice President of Platte River, stated, “We have made several investments in companies serving at-height workers and believe GME is well-positioned to take advantage of strong growth in its core end markets.”
With the additional support provided by Platte River, GME intends to increase their national footprint further with additional locations, staff, and logistical systems to continue their mission to keep workers safe and productive on the job, by offering customers world-class service and expertise.
About GME Supply Co
Founded in 2005 and headquartered in Columbia, Missouri with storefronts and primary distribution centers in Atlanta, Dallas and recently Los Angeles, GME is a North America’s Premier Outfitter of fall protection, safety equipment and other gear for at-height workers in the telecommunications, wind, solar, industrial and construction markets.
About Platte River Equity
Based in Denver, Colorado, Platte River Equity is a private equity firm focused on equity investments in lower middle market operating companies with enterprise values generally between $40 million and $250 million. The firm invests in sectors where it has deep operating and investing experience, including aerospace & transportation; industrial products & services; energy products & services; and agriculture & chemicals. Platte River has raised funds with committed capital in excess of $1.3 billion.
Having to flip through a handful of catalogs or thousands of web pages to find the gear you and your crew need can be time-consuming. That’s why our Gear Experts® have created tower climbing kits and can help you create custom kits that will save you time and make your job of buying a range of equipment easier and more cost-effective. These kits have a lot to offer.
Custom Kits Save
The custom kitting process is easy and typically takes only a few minutes to get a quote. First, you’ll start off by answering a few questions from one of our Gear Experts®. They have years of experience helping a variety of crews and they truly care about your business. They’re going to put in the effort to learn and understand your specific needs.
Attention to detail ensures your crew will be safe and fully compliant.
Kitting allows you to train your crew on the same equipment. Training your crew on the same gear adds a higher level of safety for many reasons.
Working with unfamiliar devices can add time to any task and can sometimes lead to accidents. It’s especially important for your whole team to understand how to handle another crew member’s gear in a rescue situation.
If everyone is using the same gear there will be much less room for confusion. When your crew is properly trained and comfortable working with their equipment they’ll handle these difficult situations quickly and safely.
Saving Time and Lowering Costs
The benefits we’ve already mentioned are designed to lower the overhead cost of managing your crew. Buying components in a kit will also save you time when placing an order and when receiving a shipment.
You don't have to wait on different shipping schedules for every single item when you buy a kit. Buying gear separately might not be a big issue on one or two items, but when you buy several things for multiple crew members those wait times can be a headache.
Invoicing and Inventory Control
If you plan on reordering your custom kit we can set up your kit with a custom part number. The part number can be invoiced as one line item to simplify the reordering process. This will save time during order review and payment. Your accounts payable team will thank you!
We also forecast our stock around your ordering schedule to make sure you’re always covered when you need it.
On top of all that, we can also brand the items in your kit. We can help place your company logo on helmets, vests, harnesses, signs, and a lot more.
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What kind of kits are already assembled?
We have a wide range of tower climbing kits that are already assembled to include everything needed for a climber to work safely. The actual components of the kits vary depending on each kit and your preferences.
What do pre-assembled tower climbing kits come with?
What the kits include depends on the kit you choose and if you want add-on or upgrade items. However, the tower climbing kits all come with the standard equipment needed for a climber to work safely. Pre-assembled tower climbing kits all include a harness, a lanyard, and carabiners. Many of our kits also come with bolt bags, gloves, spreader bars, safety glasses, helmets, and cable safety sleeves.
**The content of this blog is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any equipment is used.
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What happens when an unstoppable force meets and immovable object? That depends on if you brought the Wilton B.A.S.H.
The B.A.S.H. might be the last sledge you’ll ever need. They come in a variety of weights and sizes so there’s one available for your needs. And they’re all ridiculously tough. Wilton might have heard the phrase, “No need to reinvent the wheel” but they scoffed at it, then went and made a better wheel. A wheel shaped like a hammer that will crush basically anything.
Their hammer has a steel core for durability. It is essentially unbreakable. They put 6 steel rods from the top of the head all the way through the handle. At the top, they’ve attached to a safety plate, so you don’t have to worry about the head coming off and flying through a windshield. It’s locked firmly to the handle.
So you can smash away all day, the handle is made of molded, vulcanized plastic. Its textured design makes sure that you have a secure grip when striking. No need to look like a scrub with athletic tape wrapped around your sledge. Plus the anti-vibe neck reduces any type of vibration fatigue. And at the end, there’s a lanyard hole so you can secure it on your wrist, or to your harness while climbing.
Generally, handles on sledges break on mishits. Trying to hit a cinderblock and missing entirely so the strike is just below the head, on the handle. Not a problem when the B.A.S.H... Wilton tested their hammer vs wood and fiberglass and the results were impressive. Wilton’s are rated to 25,000 overstrikes. You can miss 25,000 times before it is even close to breaking. Pretty remarkable.
Try breaking the hammer. We dare you. And Wilton does too. If you break their hammer within two years of purchase, they’ll send you a check for $1,000. Go ahead. Give it a shot.
Stanley has always been a company that has cared about quality. Dating back to their first mass-produced Stanley bottles in 1915, they’ve never cut corners on their products.
And their thermoses should look familiar. Your dad or grandpa probably carried one to work or on fishing trips. And he did it for good reason. Not only did it stack the man cards in his favor, but it kept his coffee piping hot for 24 hours.
The latest generation of thermoses are no different. They’re still dressed in the iconic brushed green finish that you’ll recognize (although they have a variety of colors, too). And they’re certainly no slouch when it comes to heat retention. It doesn’t matter if you choose the 16 oz. mug or the ultra-jumbo 2 quart version; Stanley will bring the heat all day.
Plus, you won’t have to worry about replacing them anytime soon. Stanley believes in their products and backs it up with a lifetime warrantee.
If you need to transport more than liquids, take a look at their Heritage Cooler and Vacuum Bottle Combo. It pairs their classic vacuum bottle with a solid cooler to pack your lunch for the day or your beer for the weekend. Plus your thermos locks into place on the top of the cooler for easy transportation.
Head over to our Stanley Thermos page to find the perfect thermos for you. But be aware, as soon as you unpack your new Stanley Thermos, your beard will grow two inches and you will instantly be wearing an animal pelt and work jeans. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Milwaukee M18 Jobsite Radio/Charger
Milwaukee is bringing the jams in 2014 with their new Milwaukee M18 Jobsite Radio/Charger. This isn’t your normal radio. It’s an industry first with Bluetooth connectivity, so you can keep your phone in your pocket while streaming music to the radio. Also, it doubles as a charger for M18 batteries for all your tools, and USB for all your devices. Combine that with durability and dependability that Milwaukee is known for, and you’ve got a must-have item for every job site.
Ergodyne New Retractable Tool Lanyards
Ergodyne announced an expansion of their Squids Tool Lanyard Line to include a new set of retractable tool lanyards. They combine the safety and security of a tool lanyard with the convenience of self-setting length options. There are a few different options in the new line of retractable tool lanyards… choose from carabiner or loop ends, or add on other accessory packs.
Kenwood ProTalk LT PKT-23
New from Kenwood in 2014, the ProTalk LT PKT-23 is a powerful business radio in a compact form. This tiny radio only weighs 3.9 oz but still cranks 1.5 watts of power to communicate over a very large area. Radios are a great way to increase productivity, and Kenwood has made it even easier to keep your whole crew connected over an entire job site with this versatile, strong and small radio. (You already know how two-way radios can save you time and money, right?)
Rock Exotica Enforcer Load Cell
The Rock Exotica Enforcer Load Cell is a compact aluminum load cell that measures force up to 20 kN. It’s compact and portable so it can be used “in-line” in rigging systems to measure the load force. Plus, with Bluetooth connectivity, you can monitor wirelessly on your iPhone. It features a “slow” mode for monitoring or “fast” for break-testing. The swivel attachment points diminish potentially dangerous torsional and off-axis forces, and reviewing tests is simple with downloadable graphs on your computer.
Klein Glow in the Dark Tools
Never lose your tools again with new Glow in the Dark grips from Klein. Specially coated grips on select tools will glow for up to 30 minutes in the dark. They charge in natural or artificial lighting and offer the same durability and dexterity that is expected from Klein. Glow in the dark grips are available in Side-Cutting Pliers, Diagonal-Cutting Pliers, and Wire Stripper/Cutters.
DBI Sala Nano-Lok Edge
You live on the Edge and the Nano-Lok Edge will keep you safe. Designed for foot-level tie-off, and built to the strict ANSI specification for sharp edge application, the Nano-Lok Edge from DBI Sala will allow you to work on the edge without fear. They’re available as a single, or twin-leg model, and with a variety of different hook options.
Petzl has a few different products set to roll out in 2014. GME Supply actually got a sneak peek of some of it a few weeks ago, you can see a quick video of us using a lot of it here. Among our favorites was the new ASAP. The ASAP is a mobile fall arrest device that looks just as great as it works. It can also be paired with the new ASAP’Sorber or Absorbica energy absorbing lanyard. They’ve got a lot more than just that coming out in 2014, so keep an ear to the ground for those.
P.S. We also heard from Miller that there will be a fresh AirCore harness coming out. Also, PMI has some awesome Unicore Rope for 2014 which can be found on their website. We don’t have all the details on those yet but watch for more info about them right here.
There are a variety of ways you can fill out a rescue kit with gear. Generally speaking, no two rescues are the same. Every situation has its own circumstances which may require a slightly different setup. That’s where our knowledgeable, trained customer service folks come in to get you the right gear for your job.
We have a few different fundamental kits put together on our site which can be further customized. They’re comprised of the barebones pieces which will work in a basic rescue… let’s look at what’s in our Deluxe Rescue Kit:
For starters, you’ll need a good length of rope based on the distance you’ll be traveling during the rescue. Anchor that to the tower using a webbing sling and a carabiner. Along with that, you’ll need some sort of descent device to help control your way back down the tower. We like the Petzl I’D. It’s well designed and works for a variety of tasks.
Next, you’ll need a way to raise the victim from his fall. A simple pick-off strap works for this, but if you want to make things a little easier on yourself… toss in a haul kit for a little mechanical advantage. These haul kits come pre-rigged and are kept in a nice pouch so they’re ready at a moment’s notice.
Finally, all of that goes into a kit bag to keep it together in your truck, just in case you’d ever need it.
Again… Just because we have these kits put together, doesn’t mean that they will be perfect in every situation. Perhaps your needs would require an automatic descent device, or maybe an extra pulley or two. A hand ascender could be added for another anchorage point on a rope or assist in climbing. Give us a call, or chat us online so we can get you everything you need for your specific set up.
Humans may be considered the most advanced machine on the planet. We can complete tasks that nothing else can, alive or otherwise. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t benefit from a bit of assistance here and there.
The oldest tools ever recovered date back thousands of years. They’re old… 8000 BC old. Granted… those were nothing more than sharpened antlers or broken flint that were used to cut things. Later larger axes were created and eventually, those items began to become specialized for individual tasks.
As technology advanced, and craftsmen started to make more and more intricate things, like ornamental chests or entire architectural structures, the tools advanced as well. We got chisels, planes, vices, pliers, and saws.
Today, there are too many different tools to even try and cover in a short blog post. But you probably know the general functions of most of what we sell at GME Supply.
To break things up a little, we’ll put them in two categories, hand tools, and power tools.
In hand tools, we like our sets from Klein Tools. They have anything from a simple set of screwdrivers, to sets that would fill an entire tool chest, for your tool fanatic. If you need more specialized items, we have some awesome sets for folks like electricians.
If you like your tools to put in some elbow grease for you, the Milwaukee Tool gear is where it’s at. We recommend either their 12-volt or 18-volt lines. You can buy their tools individually, or as kits to save some dough. If you need it all, check out their 9-tool combo kit. You may have seen us brag about their heated jackets, also.
And don’t forget all the accessories. Pick up a few blades for that Sawzall. Or maybe a set of Shockwave Bits for your 18-volt FUEL Impact Driver, which are specially designed with a shock zone to increase durability.
Top Holiday Gift Ideas
‘Tis the season around the GME Supply office… That means that we’ll put off our gift buying until the last possible moment. Then we’ll have to scramble through our warehouse to find something suitable for everyone… even the in-laws.
Luckily for you, we’ve put together an entire section right here that has some killer holiday gift ideas. Now let’s look at a few of our favorites:
Imagine the 5104 Leather Bottom Bucket. Now imagine yourself as a giant holding it. That’s what it’s like to hold the Mini Leather Bottom Bucket. It’s constructed just like the full-sized version. If you’ve got any construction workers, tower climbers or contractors that need gifts, this is a great option.
We’ve covered this jacket before… but that’s because it really is that great. The M12 REDLITHIUM battery in this jacket keeps the heat cranked for hours. You can go out in any temperature and stay comfortable. It’s also available in Realtree Xtra Camo for the hunters in your life.
This tough little dude gets used constantly in our own warehouse. Its Press and Flip feature makes opening all our shipments fast and easy since it can be operated with one hand. Plus it’s from the fine people at Milwaukee, so it’s obviously a quality knife.
We really don’t know how we ever flipped burgers before we got our set. They have 17” handles so you don’t singe your knuckles when you’re reaching those brats on the back row of the grill and the Cushion-Grip handle is comfortable and resists slippage for your marathon BBQ sessions. If you get a little thirsty, also check out the Klein Tools Beverage Tool. Perfect for cracking open a cold one.
If your hands are full, try out this hands-free alternative. The Pixa 2 is very tough, and would be a great gift for your favorite camper, climber or spelunker. It’s got two lighting modes and can be adjusted very easily, even with gloves.
Balaclavas are a great way to protect your face, neck and ears. While you may wear these on the jobsite, you could also toss it on to go to the tree farm to cut down a Christmas tree or maybe when you’re on the slopes skiing or sledding. Whatever frigid environment you face, check this comfortable, wind-proof option from Ergodyne, along with our entire selection of warming gear.
These are one of our favorite pairs of gloves. Made of trusty goatskin leather, they’re soft and comfortable plus reinforced fingertips add extra protection. They also have reinforced knuckles and reflective tape. The following sentence was typed wearing them. (We do not recommend using them as typing gloves.)
Well… hope that was a quick rundown of a few of our Holiday Gift Ideas gives you some inspiration and helps you wrap up your shopping so you can get back to more important things like watching football and eating pie and things.
Cell phones can do basically anything these days. They’ve got WiFi, 4G LTE, GPS, Candy Crush… the list goes on. But if you’re relying on them to communicate with your crews, consider the following.
Two-way radios might not be the flashiest new technology, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t the best option for some tasks.
- Radios broadcast to groups: You can get messages out to your whole crew at once, no matter how far apart you are on a job site. Stop calling every person individually.
- Radios don’t require cell signals. Are you inside a building that cuts off cell reception? No worries, bud. The frequencies that two-way radios operate on are great at penetrating concrete, metal, even the ground.
- Radios increase productivity. You don’t have to wait for a guy to get down off the tower to call you back. He’s not taking his phone up hundreds of feet while he’s working. With a radio, you can get info out instantly. You also can stop walking around a job site looking for the one person you need. A quick chirp on the radio eliminates that waste of time.
- They pay themselves off. In the scheme of things, they won’t break the bank. And with the time you’re not wasting on less efficient means of communication, you’ll be rolling in the dough.
You might not have even realized Kenwood is in the radio biz since they’re typically a household name in-car audio. That’s because they dump their funds into R&D to make the most boss radios they can. Check out the TK-3400U16P and the TK-3230DX to see what you’ve been missing out on.
Motorola’s offerings have been redesigned to put out 30% louder than older models, so you won’t have to worry about background noise getting in the way of your communication. Swing by the Motorola page and have a peek at the RDU4160D and the RDU4100.
Be sure to watch our video overviews to find out which two-way radios would be best for you. If you still can’t decide, give us a call or chat us online and we’ll help you out. Blog post, over and out.
You know… an inch thick steel glove would be great at protecting your hands from cuts, abrasions, chemicals, and fire. Unfortunately, you wouldn’t be too productive and your arms would probably get tired pretty quickly. That’s a heavy glove.
Good hand protection keeps your hands safe while providing mobility, dexterity, and comfort. Obviously that steel glove provides exactly zero of those things. You’ll have to find something else. Lucky for you, there are a bunch of different types of gloves, and each has its own place and use. The main reason people wear gloves on the job is to protect against cuts, abrasions, and punctures. Without hand protection, injuries can get expensive.
Gloves are tested in a number of ways and given cut ratings. Both ANSI and the European Union have criteria to rate gloves. The EU, the “EN388” symbol, which is stamped on many gloves, is a very easy way to see how the glove stacks up in regards to abrasion, cut, tear and puncture. It’s got a shield with 4 numbers underneath. Those numbers rate each category from 1-4, except cut which is rated 1-5. Remember the acronym ACTP, or ACT Professionally, to recall what each number stands for.
Leather gloves are the old reliable of work gloves and for good reason. For a very long time, leather was a great material to protect against cuts. But if you think about it, all leather is, is just another layer of skin. It protects to an extent but isn’t perfect. Thicker leather gloves do provide a bit more protection, but they can also be dangerous since you’ll probably lose dexterity.
Luckily there are composite fibers that provide excellent cut resistance and produce thin, effective hand protection. Fibers like Kevlar, Dyneema, and Spectra are excellent things to look for in hand protection. Head over to our glove section and see our wide selection of hand protection. We’ve got anything from economy gloves up to high-end super awesome pairs that you might not even want to get dirty. They’re that great.
And remember, there’s not one glove that will be perfect for every situation. You’ll have to determine what is going to work for your specific application. That’s where we come in. Give us a call or chat us online and we can find the perfect pair so you can Climb Higher – without abrasion. (Or cuts, tears or punctures.)