|When Charles Gates, Senior. bought The Colorado Tire and Leather Company in 1911, little did he know his small shop in Denver, Colorado would evolve into one of the world’s largest manufacturing enterprises.
This year Gates marks 100 years of innovation and service, and celebrates its position as a world leader in engineering, manufacturing, marketing and distribution of industrial and automotive belt and hose products, systems, components and services.
Formerly known as The Gates Rubber Company, Gates Corporation says it has charted a global course that has seen the company expand into 29 countries around the world.
Today Gates says it is delivering solutions that support customers in markets in nearly every country in the world, from industrial and automotive original equipment manufacturers and replacement markets to agriculture, transportation, mining, oil and gas, construction, food processing and many others. It has a focus on driving innovation in power transmission, fluid power and fluid transfer, green technologies, energy management and resource extraction and delivery.
More than 100 Gates manufacturing, distribution, technical and sales/service facilities around the world will celebrate this milestone with events and activities throughout its anniversary year.
Relatively new in Gates years, Gates Australia celebrated its 24th year of trading early in 2011.
Although it started out as an agency working from a one man office in 1980, the registered business name of Gates Australia wasn’t created until 1987 and functioned from premises in Dandenong.
As the company grew, so did the need for expansion; it was in 1991 that Gates Australia relocated to Hallam and following seven years of trading, the distribution centre outgrew this facility and has since operated from premises in Dandenong South.
Today, Gates Australia employs 64 on-site office and warehouse personnel at its distribution centre; with more than 50 of these employees living within the local region.
In addition, Gates Australia is represented nationally with eight off-site sales managers servicing all states and territories inclusive of New Zealand.
Approximately 14,500 lines from the Gates Group range of products are stocked in a 5575 square metre warehouse at Dandenong South. The company services more than 100 customers within Australia as well as New Zealand and the Pacific islands such as Fiji and Guam.