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The doors of Inventionland are always open for scheduled tours and last month in particular, two groups of students and a big name corporation made their way around our 61,000 square-foot workspace!

Despite the fact that National Inventors Month has come and gone for another year, at Davison, we celebrate the inventive spirit all year round!

This past month, we opened our doors to students from the Seneca Valley School District’s Haine School, several area homeschooled children and their families and a corporate team from one of the region’s largest grocery store chains, Giant Eagle.

Today, we want to give a quick recap of these recent tours!

Inspired students tour through Inventionland regularly and the feedback that we receive from these students does not go unnoticed. In fact, as soon as the students from Haine School returned to their classroom, letters of thanks were on their way to Inventionland! Here is a small snippet of the great, positive feedback we received!

“… The scenery was gorgeous and I learned LOTS of stuff. Everything inspired me to be creative and I think I might be an inventor after that trip.” – Aidan

Also, this month, a group of homeschooled students and their parents closed their workbooks for a day and listened to our story as they toured our creative workspace!

The students and their parents enjoyed the tour so much that they also sent us a wonderful letter expressing their gratitude. In the letter, the homeschooled group wrote that when walking through our magic door, they felt like they were walking into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory! They also said that the story of Inventionland was a nice deviation from just going to “learn” what they had studied in books!

Finally, a corporate team from Giant Eagle made their way through Inventionland. These eager team members were excited to ditch their conventional offices for the day to enjoy something a little more creative, and we think it’s safe to say that we don’t lack in the creativity department!

From the reaction of the corporate team, we could tell that the inventive spirit was alive and well! They noted that they had a few expectations of what Inventionland was; but, those expectations were far-exceeded when the magic bookcase opened!

All in all, we are confident when we say that Inventionland tours are perfect for people of any age! And, with each tour, we find it inspiring to see our world through the eyes of others!

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Davison Was Recently on the Road at Trade Shows

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Within the past few weeks, we have been busy showing off our Davison-designed products at trade shows in both Orlando, FL and Chicago, IL!

Without a doubt, March has been been extremely busy. Whether we were at the Global Pet Expo in Orlando, FL or the 2014 International Home + Housewares in Chicago, IL, one thing is for sure, we are “D-lighted” with how our Davison-designed products showed at both shows!

From March 12-14 at the 2014 Global Pet Expo, the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL was filled with pet-tastic activity. We are happy to say that several products that were developed at our creative design facility, Inventionland, were showcased at the pet industry’s largest annual trade show.

Some of the big-name retailers at the 2014 Global Pet Expo included Bed Bath & Beyond, Purina, PetSmart, Sam’s Club, Christmas Tree Shops, Tractor Supply Company, LTD Commodities and Petland.

Additionally, we are extremely proud of the way our products performed showed at the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago, IL. While at the trade show, some products that were designed at Inventionland knocked it out of the park with their nominations for International Housewares Association Innovation Awards!

Many Davison products that were designed at Inventionland were featured at the trade show and we have a feeling that some exciting product news may be in our near future!

All in all, this is shaping up to be a busy year and we couldn’t be more excited!

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While Davison regularly attends trade shows in a number of industries, it does not promise that any particular client product will be, or is likely to be, presented or discussed at a trade show.

Davison Gets Back “In the Kitchen with David” on QVC – TONIGHT!

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It pretty much goes without saying that we are always thrilled when we see a new Davison-designed product on store shelves; but, when those “store shelves” happen to be QVC… well, we just can’t quit talking about it!

We are excited to announce that the Davison-designed Miracle Loaf stuffed meatloaf pan is slated to be on QVC’s “In the Kitchen with David” at 8:00 p.m. tonight!

The Miracle Loaf is an innovative pan that came from the mind of one of our clients, who wanted a convenient way to add favorite “sides” like mashed potatoes, stuffing or macaroni and cheese to the main course, a meatloaf!

So, we designed the Miracle Loaf stuffed meatloaf pan, which includes a non-stick baking pan, removable drip tray and cavity and seal press. Users simply press one layer of meatloaf into the bottom of the pan, press down to create a convenient cavity, fill with their favorite “stuffer,” add the second layer of meatloaf, press to seal and bake!

It didn’t take long for Love Cooking Company to take an interest in the Miracle Loaf and the cutting-edge cookware and bakeware company quickly licensed the perfect meal-making product.

Tonight, QVC is to showcase the Miracle Loaf on their popular cooking show, “In the Kitchen with David.” You may recall that another innovate Davison-designed Love Cooking Company product, the Cool Bake, was featured on “In the Kitchen with David” last September!

See what creations QVC comes up with using the Miracle Loaf tonight!

Tune in to “In the Kitchen with David” on QVC at 8:00 p.m. to see the Davison-designed Miracle Loaf stuffed meatloaf pan in action!

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The client has not earned a net profit on this product

Thank You for Over 9,000 Facebook ‘Likes’

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Thank you for helping us get over 9,000 ‘Likes’ on Facebook! Next stop is 10,000! If you haven’t hit the ‘Like’ button on our Facebook page yet, click here for a “Better Way” to get news about Davison and the invention world!

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Inventionland Makes Local Headlines – AGAIN!

Davison News

Not only was last Friday’s WQED Invention Convention, which was hosted at Inventionland, featured on KDKA news on Friday night, our creative design facility has been featured in local newspapers this week, too!

Pittsburgh’s TRIB LIVE has featured an article about the Mt. Pleasant area gifted program students, who recently toured through our creative workspace.

According to the story, the students’ instructor hopes their tour continues to inspire the students for their very own upcoming inventing competition.

“Rachel Long, the district’s gifted program instructor, is hopeful the students will use the knowledge gained at Inventionland to inspire their own inventions for the upcoming invention convention scheduled for Dec. 12 at Yough Intermediate Middle School, she said.”

Read the entire TRIB LIVE article about the Mount Pleasant students’ tour here!

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Mr. Davison offers Sound Advice at CEO Conference

Davison News, George Davison

On September 24, Mr. Davison took to the microphone at the 27th Annual St. Barnabas CEO Leadership Conference in Gibsonia. While at the conference, Mr. D shared the trials and tribulations that he has experienced both in his personal life and in his career.

Aside from these ups and downs, Mr. Davison has found great success within the industry and it showed not only to the people in the room but to people from all over the world that if you have a dream, you can achieve it.

Mr. D told those in attendance his story of growing up in poverty after his parents’ divorce and how he discovered, after many failed business ventures, however big or small they were, that he no longer wanted to sell other people’s products; he wanted to sell his own.

And that is exactly what he did. Mr. Davison took his failures in stride and created a better way to make his dreams come true through hard work and perseverance. That determination paid off when he created Inventionland, America’s largest invention factory and was called a “creative genius” by Entrepreneur Magazine.

Before Mr. Davison departed from the stage, he left the more than 200 senior executives at the conference with this piece of advice, “Find what you like to do. Look at it. Study it. What do you see? Is that what you want to do?”

We think that it’s safe to say that through Mr. D’s failures he found a better way to create success.

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Attention USA: Mr. D will be LIVE on the Radio Waves

Davison News, George Davison

On Monday, September 9, at 8:48 a.m. (EST), our founder and CEO, Mr. Davison will be LIVE on Daybreak USA, a nationally broadcast radio show! Mr. D will be talking about our Better Way to Invent, his personal inventing story and several successful Davison-designed products!  Don’t forget to tune in!

Check out the live stream here:

Daybreak USA

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Mr. Davison Takes Pittsburgh’s KDKA on a “Sweet” Inventionland Tour

Community News, Davison News, Inventionland, Videos

Recently, KDKA’s Kristine Sorensen got a sweet taste of our creative workspace, in preparation for next Thursday’s Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation “A Sweet Gesture” fundraising event.

Sorensen’s tour aired during the CBS affiliate’s newscast last week and featured several sweet details not only about Inventionland, but also how the Foundation co-chairs asked Mr. Davison to host the Valentine’s Day event.

He explains how event organizers made up a chocolate prototype to ask him to host the Willy Wonka-themed evening.

“How do you turn down a request like that?” Mr. Davison asks.

Walking Sorensen through Inventionland’s secret bookcase-entrance, which will lead party-goers to the charity event, Mr. Davison explains how Inventionland is a creative mind-set that is meant to inspire inventors.

“This is the creative space that we dream everything up in,” says Mr. Davison.

Sorensen was quick to notice that the fantasy-like environment was much more than just a Disney-esque theme park.

“There’s a surprise at every turn… they’re creating, problem-solving, inventing – and, it’s working, based on the array of products floating through the building that are samples of real success stories,” says Sorensen.

After Sorensen interviews Mr. Davison, she speaks with the “Sweet Gesture” co-chairs, Tori Yoos and Laura Mabon, who explain how they plan to utilize the magnificent facility.

“The entire night is full of many surprises…” says Yoos.  “Everything you can imagine will be here:  food, music, drinks… activities… a fun, fun night.”

All proceeds from “A Sweet Gesture” benefit Children’s Hospital’s Family Life Fund.  For more information on the event, click here.

See Sorensen’s entire Inventionland tour here.

Sharing Well “D”eserved Community Thanks

Community News, Davison News

Often times, we share community events, fundraisers and benefits that we think you may be interested in helping with. And, just as often, the Davison Team comes together and makes incredible contributions to support the various causes.

walk to defeat als davison contribution

Most recently, our team pulled together in less than two weeks to donate toys for the 2012 Marines’ Toys for Tots drive. Thanks to our efforts, nearly 224 children were able to receive holiday gifts this season.

We’ve also just received two awesome “thank you’s” from a couple other causes we contributed to last year. And, we were so moved by the thanks, we just had to share.

Last September, Mr. Davison supported the Walk to Defeat ALS®. Walk organizers were more than grateful for the donation:

“Mr. Davison & Inventionland Crew,

Thank you very much for your generous support of the Pittsburgh Walk to Defeat ALS! Enclosed is a thank you video with scenes of Walk Day, thank you cards from some family members and walk t-shirts for the staff. This is just a small token of our great appreciation of your support! We also enclosed information about the 2013 Walk. We hope to work with you again on this great event.

With heartfelt thanks,
Jenni Franz

Another community project, the Aspinwall Riverfront Park Project, sought our help so that they could even keep their mission alive. Their “thank you” gesture was absolutely moving!

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Mr Davison,

Thank you for your support and [for bringing] such creativity into the world.

“In 2011, when we decided to purchase the Aspinwall Marina to turn it into a park, many thought it impossible. Simply put, the odds were not in our favor. The facts were: the sale was complex, large and sophisticated companies had tried to buy the property and failed, and last, but not least, $2.3 million would need to be raised in a matter of months. Chances were that a small, grassroots effort, backed by the Fox Chapel District Association and Friends of the Riverfront, would be able to pull it off “when pigs fly.”

As I write to you, it’s been a little over a year since our community proved that we have what it takes to make pigs fly. Once again, what we’re trying to achieve seems entirely unrealistic to some. The odds are challenging. It takes most communities ten years to build a park – and we don’t intend to build the average park. The deadlines we have now are ones we put on ourselves. Our model isn’t typical. Instead of relying on taxpayers, we’re building an endowment and healthy business that will pay for the park’s upkeep (and we’re doing this at the same time we’re trying to build the park no less). The economy is sluggish. We all have many important things competing for our time, money and attention.

davison supports aspinwall marina pittsburghBut, like you, we believe in possibility. And, big audacious goals. And, the potential to create something wonderful and lasting. When I look in the eyes of the kids who mowed lawns and sold lemonade, the hundreds of volunteers this year who planned parties, planted flowers, and removed thousands of pounds of concrete, weeds and garbage from the property – it’s crystal clear that our work is even more important this time around. We need to build Aspinwall Riverfront Park, so that kids who worked so hard can enjoy it while they are still kids. Our goal is to have some portion of the park open to the public by the end of 2013. We’re looking forward to working with you to reach it.

It’s the greatest privilege to be part of something that will be a permanent gift to this generation and the ones to come. Thank you for your on-going support that makes what seems impossible possible.

With gratitude and our best wishes for the happiest of holidays,
Susan Crookston and the Board of Aspinwall Riverfront Park (Davitt, Chip, Kevin, Tim, Trish, Tim, Scott)

 

Thank you to all members of the Davison Team who so willingly contribute to these great community causes! Keep up the great work!

The “Henry Ford of Inventing” has the (Keystone) Edge!

George Davison, Inventor Stories

Keystone Edge George DavisonWhat better way to end 2012 than by, yet again, being referred to as “the Henry Ford of inventing?”  That’s precisely what Keystone Edge, an online publication that covers the entrepreneurial ecosystem that drives Pennsylvania forward, has called our CEO and founder, Mr. Davison!

Recently, George Davison was featured on the site’s “Founders” section.  Among comparing him to Henry Ford, deeming the title “a praise that should not be viewed lightly,” Keystone Edge also called Mr. Davison “one heckuva entrepreneur.”

Further, the site goes on to highlight Inventionland and acknowledges that it “has been cited by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as one of the city’s best [companies] for which to work.”

Also included is an interview with Mr. Davison, where he covers his inspiration, biggest challenge and what’s next for Davison!

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Read the entire Keystone Edge article here!

 

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