Colorado Companies to Watch spotlight: Gateway Products Inc.
Snapshot: Gateway is a manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer of products for the horse, small animal, and human supplement industries.
Leadership: Arthur “Ted” Simon has been president of the Holly company since 1976, the year it was founded. Revenue grew 4 percent last year and is expected to increase 9 percent this year.
Work force: The company employed 27 full-time and nine part-time workers in 2011. It expects to employ 29 full-time and eight part-time workers this year.
Pivotal moment: In 2007, the company linked with an export management company to expand its business. Thus Gateway increased its overall sales even though sales in the U.S. had decreased during that period.
Technological edge: “For over 35 years, we have been innovative leaders in the creation of flavorings and formulations which make our products unique and palatable for the horse.”
Community: When the volunteer-supported Holly Theatre needed refurbishment, Gateway used its truck and workers to pick up, deliver and install seats and a projector that had been donated by a theater in Colorado Springs that was closing.