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Veterans Breakfast Club Sends Special Note of Thanks

Community News, Davison News

When it comes to honoring and thanking our nation’s veterans, taking part is a no-brainer. So, we’re sure it only seemed natural for founder and CEO Mr. Davison to take part in an upcoming event to honor our region’s veterans.

On April 30th, the Veterans Breakfast Club is hosting an evening called “Their Stories, Our History” at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. The event will celebrate the opening of the Veterans Breakfast Club’s new Western Pennsylvania Veterans Archive at the center and we’re pleased to say that Davison will be included as one of the evening’s sponsors.

Their Stories, Our History

Recently, Mr. Davison received a thank you note from Veterans Breakfast Club Founder and Executive Director Todd DePastino:

Dear George,

A belated thank you for kindly sponsoring our April 30 event at the Heinz History Center.

I look forward to being in touch with details close to the date. It will be a great event!

Todd DePastino

The mission of the Veterans Breakfast Club is to give each and every veteran an opportunity to share their unique story. If you would like to take part in an event where you can celebrate our nation’s veterans and listen to some of their stories, reserve a ticket for the April 30th event here.

Veterans Breakfast Club

Learn more about the Veterans Breakfast Club here.

Copyright Davison, 2015

The Excitement Continues After the International Home + Housewares Show

Davison News

It’s been one week since the 2015 International Home + Housewares Show (IHHS) wrapped up in Chicago.

Last week, we elaborated on the Global Pet Expo and some of the hype that Paula Deen is bringing to the pet products and packaging that we’ve designed at our invention factory, Inventionland for Hugs Pet Products. And, you can bet that excitement followed to the IHHS, where Culinary Professional Chef Tony Notaro and Love Cooking Company representatives showed off their innovative products. In addition to featuring Love’s innovative Mrs. Fields cookware and bakeware products, Love’s booth also showcased delicious creations by Chef Tony himself. In fact, Chef Tony’s Miracle Meatloaf Pan was the hit of the show where he was making deliciously-filled meatloaves right there on the spot. Not to mention, the Dessert Diva and the Fold N Store were also well-received at the IHHS!

Who knows, that excitement might just carry over to another QVC appearance in the next 30-60 days!

The great news didn’t stop there. In fact, you can expect to see the Davison “D” on some new products at Walmart. We can’t wait to hear what comes next from the Love Cooking Company! However, the “icing on the cake” if you will doesn’t stop at just the Love Cooking Company; in fact, they weren’t only company that was showing off the Davison “D” at the IHHS.

That’s because the Petal Clips and the Scrub Gator that were both designed at our invention factory, Inventionland and were licensed to Jokari were International Housewares Association (IHA) Innovation Award Finalists at this year’s IHHS! The pictures were plentiful at this year’s IHHS! Take a look!

All in all, we think that it’s safe to say that the IHHS 2015 was quite the success for both the Love Cooking Company and Jokari!

Copyright Davison, 2015

It’s Go Time! The Global Pet Expo is Here!

Davison News, Hugs Pet Products

 

Global Pet Expo 2015

The Global Pet Expo begins today in Orlando, Florida, and we are excited to see what the next few days have in store for the pet product industry!

Why? Because the Orange County Convention Center floor is the stage for Hugs Pet Products to showcase their latest and greatest products!

But, that’s not the only reason that we are excited. In fact, two Davison-designed products that are licensed with Hugs Pet Products will be on display at the pet industry’s largest annual trade show!

Davison Products at the Global Pet Expo 2015

The Chillz Mat as well as the Silicone Dog Treat Pan, which are both client inventions, will be in the lime light at the Hugs Pet Products booth!

Could you imagine seeing your own pet product or other new invention idea being displayed at the Global Pet Expo or another big industry trade show, too? Though a typical Davison-developed product is not shown at a trade show, this doesn’t mean that you still shouldn’t pursue your invention dreams. If you want to possibly turn your idea into a tangible product, take the first step, and submit your idea, today!

Our representatives at the trade show have been sending us lots of great pictures from before the event even started! Here’s a little preview of the Hugs booth while it was under construction yesterday!

Hugs Booth at the Global Pet Expo

Obviously, the fun is just beginning at Global Pet Expo. Expect to hear more from Orlando soon!

Copyright Davison, 2015

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Chilly Mat Inventor Shares Story with Hometown Newspaper

Davison News, Product News

Chilly Mat- Page 6

When Diana Edington, the inventor of the Chilly Mat, noticed that her new puppy was having a hard time getting comfortable, she decided to take matters into her own hands.

That’s exactly what our client inventor told “The Banner,” a Carthage, Indiana, newspaper that recently published an article about their hometown-inventing hero.

Hugs Pet Products- Chilly Mat

“I had a puppy that was very tiny, and was looking for a way to make her feel not only comfortable, but secure,” she said. “At the time, she was in a crate. We put things in the kennels with them or their doghouses to help them stay comfortable through the winter, and you can do that with blankets. But, in the summer, blankets are too hot.”

Like many of our clients, Edington found a Better Way to do something… in her case, help her puppy stay cool and comfortable.

To help with her invention idea, Edington found Davison online; she contacted us and we continued to brainstorm on her idea with her.

“Once we had the general ideas in place, they took off with it from there… Davison is very good about taking the ideas that you throw at them and making it in a way that will benefit the company as well as you…” said Edington.

The Chilly Mat, Edington’s invention recently has been featured as a limited-time deal on coupaw.com and at a Bed Bath & Beyond store in Ohio. But, wait… there’s more!

Edington herself will be visiting Davison soon! Stay tuned to hear more about her visit!

Until then, here’s Diana Edington and the Chilly Mat’s story below:

Chilly Mat- Newspaper feature

Chilly Mat- In the News

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This client has realized a profit on this product.

A typical project does not get a royalty agreement, sell in stores or generate a profit.

 

Another Product Reaches the End Zone – Soda Straws Land on Walmart.com!

Davison News, Product News

Super Bowl Sunday is this weekend and you know what that means… whether you’re rooting for the Patriots or Seahawks (or neither team for that matter), you’re probably planning to attend a Super Bowl party somewhere.

Walmart.com- Soda StrawsWhat better Davison product to bring to any party than Jokari’s Soda Straws, which you now can easily purchase at Walmart.com for only $13.99!

The innovative product is the perfect way to keep your favorite soda or other carbonated beverage fresh while you’re watching closely to make sure that all game balls are property inflated or while you’re catching all of this year’s must-see commercials. With a flip-top cap, Soda Straws also will help to make sure that there are no spills or other party fouls.

Jokari Soda Straws

If you happen to be at a warm, outdoor Super Bowl party (we’re jealous!), Soda Straws will also protect your beverages from flies and other insects. Plus, you can use them over and over again!

If you’ve still not seen a product that we created at Davison on a store shelf, rush to Walmart.com, see Soda Straws and head to the end zone by picking up some for yourself! They’re sure to score a touchdown at any Super Bowl celebration!

And, if we can’t celebrate our favorite team winning the Lombardi trophy, at least we can celebrate adding another place where we can pick up the products created at Davison!

Copyright Davison, 2015

 

Coupaw.com Features Three Davison Products!

Davison News, Hugs Pet Products, Product News

The Chillz Cooling Mat was a featured deal in the Coupaw.com “Dog Deals for Winter Vacay” email!

Coupaw 2015- Chillz Mat

But, the great news about Davison products does not stop there. In the very same email, the Chilly Vest, which also was licensed by Hugs Pet Products, was featured as a limited-time-only deal, too!

Coupaw.com Chilly Vest

 

To top it all off, when we visited Coupaw.com, we saw that the Pugz Boots for Dogs that we designed were also featured as a deal on the site!

 

Coupaw 2015- Pugz Shoes

That’s not one, not two, but THREE Davison products featured on a site that promises to tell people about “the best pet services and retailers” that they can find! As if anyone would need more of an incentive to shop Coupaw.com, we also learned that every order placed there equals six meals for rescued pets in need! What an innovative way to help out our four-legged friends!

You can see all of the featured Davison pet products and learn more about how Coupaw.com is reaching out to pets in need by visiting Coupaw.com. We’re sure that this is just the first of much great news that we’ll hear about the Chillz Cooling Mat and our other innovative pet products this year!

Copyright Davison, 2015

2014: 25 Years of a Better Way!

Davison News

Before we begin 2015 and embark on our company’s 26th year in the inventing industry, it only seems fitting that we pay final tribute to the year that marked our quarter of a century in the business – among several other incredible milestones!

So, 2014… here’s to you and the way that you saw our company grow and soar to new heights!

Miracle Meatloaf Pan

January: We started 2014 off in a BIG way, soaring to over 9,000 likes on our Facebook page and introducing Chef Tony’s Miracle Stuffed Meatloaf Pan on QVC for the first time! The pan that creates multiple meal options for meatloaf sold out in less than 10 minutes! Could there be a “Better Way” to start off the new year? We don’t think so!

February: Our on-going success at QVC continues when we receive word that the Half N Half Cupcake Pan is slated to be featured on the network’s “Kitchen Unlimited with Carolyn.” During the appearance, host Carolyn Gracie calls the pan that combines two tasteful cupcake flavors into one a “fun twist on an old favorite.”

March: For the third month in a row, we see products that we’ve designed at Inventionland soar to success on QVC! This time, is it the Jade No-Burn Pan that Culinary Professional Chef Tony Notaro shows off on QVC’s “In the Kitchen with David.” Also, in March, representatives from our Licensing Department show off new products at two of the nation’s largest trade shows, Global Pet Expo in Orlando and the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago.

WQED Design Lives Here Invention Convention

April: Following great success at Chicago’s International Home + Houseware’s Show in March, a New York Times’ writer recognizes the Clip & Drain that we designed at Inventionland as a simple and convenient addition to his kitchen. Also, in April, we continue to inspire the inventors of tomorrow at Inventionland, when we hosted WQED’s “Design Lives Here Invention Convention,” which welcomed over 200 Pittsburgh-area students to our creative design facility for a day full of inventing fun and competition.

May: We celebrated a big month of product movement in May. Joining the list of over 1,200 retailers that have sold Davison products, Shopko begins to feature our products and packaging solutions. Simultaneously, we secure two more licensing agreements when the Jokari corporation licenses the Hanger Pockets and Hanger Links that we designed at Inventionland.

June: It’s bbaaaccckkk! Chef Tony Notaro showcases the Miracle Meatloaf Pan on QVC’s “In the Kitchen with David” for a second time this year! This time, we savor the success of selling over 7,000 units! This month is also a huge month for our founder and CEO George Davison in the community when he chairs Pittsburgh’s 59th Annual CLO Guild Ball alongside his mother and oldest daughter, Morgan. Davison also sponsors The Challenge Program at a Pittsburgh-area high school where five students receive financial recognition for their year-round academic achievements.

CLO Guild Ball

July: Our creative design facility receives some major world-wide attention and interest when it is featured on the hit Arabic TV show, “Khawatir.” Almost instantly, the episode soars to over 1 million views on YouTube.

August: Coupaw.com features deep discounts on two pet products that we designed at Inventionland as part of the “limited-time deals” on their website. The site, which showcases “some of the best pet services and retailers” they can find, features the Whack-a-Mouse cat toy and Sticks Throwing Dog Treats. A current client takes her invention story to an NBC news affiliate in Florida, telling reporters about how we are developing her potentially life-saving car alarm system idea.

Steve Harvey Show- Pitch to Win

September: Our founder and CEO makes great waves locally and nationally this month. George Davison appears during season three’s premiere week on the Emmy-award winning Steve Harvey show. He helps judge Harvey’s “Pitch to Win” contest and presents the winner with a $10,000 check from Inventionland! At home in Pittsburgh, we learn that a community trail system project that Mr. Davison proposed is about to get underway!

October: We’re back on QVC again! This time, the Mrs. Fields Fill N Flip Locking Layer Pan is featured on QVC’s “Gifts for the Cook” where the hosts demonstrate the pan’s many capabilities. At the same time, one of our clients from Texas, who invented Hanger Pockets, an organizational tool for the closet, is featured in “Tex Appeal” magazine!

November: It’s a big month for cooking and baking products that we designed at Inventionland. Rave reviews pour in following the Mrs. Fields Fill N Flip Locking Layer Pan appearance on QVC. Plus, mommy blogger “Mama Smith” tests out a few other baking products that were licensed by Love Cooking Company. She tells readers they are “products you cannot live without!”

December: Rotary International recognizes founder and CEO Mr. Davison as a Paul Harris Fellow for his “tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.” We also open the doors of Inventionland to help Tickets for Kids Charities mark their 20-year anniversary with an “Imagine Nation Ungala.”

And, those are just some of the moments that made 2014 so great. Read more about what an incredible year 2014 was here.

Copyright Davison, 2014

Rotary International Recognizes Mr. Davison as a Paul Harris Fellow!

Davison News, George Davison

George M. Davison Rotary Award

We know that our founder and CEO, George Davison, is passionate about many things; inventing, the community around us and a great story are just a few of his passions. So, it should come as no surprise that Mr. Davison would be involved with Rotary International, an organization that is dedicated to “uniting for the common good” that just so happens to have one incredible story.

Paul Harris Fellow Award

Rotary International began in 1905 when a Chicago lawyer by the name of Paul Harris gathered several business associates together to talk about forming an organization for local professionals. Harris got the idea for the fellowship club after witnessing the way one of his associates interacted with area shopkeepers as they passed through the streets of the city one night.

“The thought persisted that I was experiencing only what had happened to hundreds, perhaps thousands, of others in the great city … I was sure that there must be many other young men who had come from farms and small villages to establish themselves in Chicago … Why not bring them together? If others were longing for fellowship as I was, something would come of it,” said Harris.

And, that “something” that Harris envisioned started out as a small, gentlemen’s luncheon, but has grown into Rotary International.

His “Rotary Club” met for working lunches in its early stages; but, Harris expanded his organization across the U.S. in just five years. Today, Rotary International unites “leaders from all continents, cultures, and occupations to exchange ideas and take action in communities around the world.”

Paul Harris Rotary International Award

Rotary International recently recognized the contributions of Davison’s founder and CEO, George Davison, when they named him a Paul Harris Fellow, “in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.”

As the old saying goes, “great minds think alike.” If you’re interested in finding out more or joining the Rotary community of leaders, who share ideas and take action on issues at home and around the world, you can read more about Rotary International here.

Copyright Davison, 2014

 

Blogger Proves “Mama Know’s Best” in Love Cooking Company Product Review

Davison News, Product News

Mama Smith's Blog

As Cyber Week continues and you cross names off of your holiday gift-giving list, another mommy blogger has stepped up to review some Love Cooking Company products that we designed at Inventionland. If there is someone on your list that loves to cook and bake or who needs a little extra help in the kitchen, Mama Smith has tested some products that just may be the perfect holiday gifts!

In a blog post titled “Love Cooking – Baking Products You Cannot Live Without!” the self-proclaimed stay-at-home mom, country girl, geek and gamer gives Love Cooking Company’s Mrs. Fields Cookie Cuttables, Cupcake Cone Pan and Sto-N-Go Dessert Carrier the true test when she uses them to bake with her two young girls.

Mama Smith Blog

“To say that I was thrilled is a bit of an understatement. Every single one of their items was something I do not think I can live without,” said Mama Smith.

Specifically, Mama Smith said that the Cookie Cuttables were “fun and easy to use,” which is why she suggested getting them for Christmas, Halloween, birthdays and other occasions!

Mrs. Fields Cupcake Cone

Mama Smith said that the Cupcake Cone Pan allowed her to create her new favorite dessert.

“Cupcakes in an ice cream cone! So amazing!” said Mama Smith.

Finally, Mama Smith noted that the Sto-N-Go Dessert Carrier was the one product that has made sharing her baked goods even more of a treat.

“My in-laws live less than 5 minutes away so we are always going to visit them. When we do, we bring cookies, cupcakes, brownies, whatever we have made that week. This used to be such a pain but not anymore with the Sto-n-Go Dessert Carrier. We love this thing!” said Mama Smith.

Mrs. Fields Sto N Go

Not only did Mama Smith test out a few of Love’s innovative items, but she pointed her readers to heavily-trafficked sites like Amazon.com, Kohls.com and Target.com, where they can buy various Love Cooking Company products that we designed!

Read more of Mama Smith’s awesome review of products that we designed for Love Cooking Company here.

Copyright Davison, 2014

Naughty or Nice? The Fill N Flip’s QVC Reviews are In!

Davison News, Product News

We’re just one week away from Thanksgiving and you know what that means… in the aftermath of filling your plate (and your stomach) with turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie and all of your other feast-day favorites, the holiday shopping season has arrived!

As you’re carefully scouring your own naughty-and-nice list this holiday season, how can you be sure that what you’re buying will be a hit long after the holidays are over? Well, one great place to start is by reading some customer reviews!

Following their appearance on QVC, customers who’ve purchased the Mrs. Fields Fill N Flip Round and Square Layer Cake Pans haven’t been shy about singing their praises on QVC’s website.

But, don’t take it from us. Here are a few of the reviews that are “filling” the Fill N Flip’s nearly-perfect five-star rating:

In a review titled “fun fun fun,” one customer said the pans are a “great idea and can surprise folks with hidden goodies… the ideas are endless!”

One five-star reviewer said “Love these cake pans, make the best cakes ever! I ice the tops and fill them with pie filling and every one loves and raves about them, can’t keep the cakes in the house – they disappear. A hint: A light spray of Pam and the cakes come out clean. Can divide into two cakes for smaller cakes. One of the best purchases I ever made.”

Another five-star reviewer raved that the pans already gave her a start to her holiday shopping. “I ordered one for me [and] one for [my] daughter-in-law… used mine and it was great, came out of pan nice and was fun to make, made a mousse and it worked great.”

Finally, the newest review to come in also ranked the Fill N Flip pans with five stars. “These are a great set of pans for making cakes for my grandchildren… they love the surprise I have in the middle. They are nonstick and clean up is a breeze.”

The verdict is in. For the person who loves to bake (or even the person who would love to become a better baker), the Mrs. Fields Fill N Flip Round and Square Layer Cake Pans that we designed at Davison are a home-run hit for the holidays!

Copyright Davison, 2014

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