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What Happened in Vegas… We’ve Got to Share!

Davison News, Hugs Pet Products, Inventions

SuperZoo LogoSuperZoo 2015 has just wrapped up in sunny Las Vegas, but our friends at Hugs Pet Products took full advantage of the three-day national show for pet retailers by showcasing some of our latest pet products and packaging designs.

They’ve shared a few snapshots with us and today we’re giving you a look at all of the innovative pet product fun!

Paula Deen had quite the presence at the Hugs’ booth, where the company showcased items that ranged from Deen’s new dog food line to our client Diane’s Hydro line of cooling pet chew toys!

And, it seems that buyers (and their pets) thought our client Diana’s invention idea, the Chillz Comfort Cooling Gel Pet Pad, was pretty cool, too!

Once again, it looks like the products and packaging that we designed have made quite a splash with trade show attendees! Here’s even more proof from SuperZoo 2015 in Las Vegas:

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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 Makes the Headlines, Again!

Davison News, George Davison

It’s been an exciting time here at Davison! Not only has our client’s product, the Bacon Baker, been recently featured on the TODAY Show, we’ve also been featured in a Pittsburgh Trib Total Media publication. Check it out!

Trib Live Article

In the article, the words “Imagination, innovation and invention,” were all used to describe our friends over at Inventionland’s creative workspace.

The article, “Inventionland helps build new products, entrepreneurs,” deems our creative design facility an “idea incubator” that is capable of helping people who’ve “hatched an idea for a fabulous new invention…”

After chronicling founder and CEO Mr. Davison’s personal invention journey, contributing Trib Total Media writer Joyce Hanz discusses how both Davison Design & Development and Inventionland were born. Hanz briefly touches on how Mr. Davison came up with the Davison Inventing Method.

“This method involves a nine-step process under one roof to increase productivity and provide a one-stop-shopping invention incubator,” she says.

Trib Live- Davison

But, that’s just a brief overview of this great article. Read more about Mr. Davison and our friends over at Inventionland in the Trib LIVE!

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The 2015 National Hardware Show: All About Making and Strengthening Connections!

Davison News

2015 National Hardware Show

If the buzz we’ve already received from last week’s National Hardware Show is true, Davison and our very own invention factory, Inventionland, are in for an even more exciting year ahead. Last week, we were in sunny Las Vegas meeting with some of the 2,500 exhibitors who represented over 15 product categories.

The 2015 National Hardware Show was the perfect platform to explore the products and exhibitors in the industry. This trade show allows us to connect face-to-face with the people behind the brands and products!

This year, we sent Davison representatives to explore the trade show and make connections; and, that’s exactly what they did!

Our reps met with big-name companies that cater to catalog, seasonal and fourth quarter items. They also touched base with a company that represents some popular lifestyle brands. But, they didn’t stop there!

Davison and Inventionland reps talked with companies that specialize in the tool and hardware industry, the juvenile industry and the outdoor products industry.

It sounds like our representatives covered a lot of ground in their three days at the National Hardware Show! But, you know what they say, “Seeing is believing.” So, here’s even more proof! In total, our representatives made connections that covered over 22 miles! Yes, you read that right, 22 miles!

Stay tuned to see where those 22 miles will lead us this year!

Here are some more pictures of the event straight from the National Hardware Show’s Instagram page!

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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.

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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.

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Miracle Meatloaf Pan Stays Stuffed with Great Reviews!

Product News

You may recall that the Miracle Meatloaf Pan has been featured on QVC twice already this year. Culinary Professional Chef Tony Notaro first featured the Miracle Meatloaf Pan on QVC’s “In the Kitchen with David” in January and the pan sold out in less than 10 minutes. The Davison-designed stuffed meatloaf pan was back on QVC in June and it sold over 7,000 units!

We decided to check back in on the pan to see what other users have had to say about it.

Well, now the pan is listed as one of QVC’s “Most Wished For” items and it carries a nearly perfect five-star review rating!
There are too many awesome reviews to list them all, but we’ve picked out a few of the latest and greatest things that people are saying about the Miracle Meatloaf Pan that we designed:

WOW! Can finally make meat loaf.

Overall Rating

“For the first time in years, I can make a perfect meat loaf that doesn’t fall apart. Thanks Tony, this is the greatest pan ever, easy to clean and make a perfect loaf and the fillings are great. Love this Pan!!!!!”

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Check out the Feedback from the Latest Inventionland Tours!

Davison News

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

Davison News

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!

Davison News

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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