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As Seen on TV: Paula Deen Pet Food Packaging

Hugs Pet Products, Package Design

Paula Deen Commercial - Hugs Pet Products

Before you know it, we’ll be gathered around the table with our family and friends enjoying a delicious meal with all of the fixings.

But, just as you prepare for your Thanksgiving Day feast, Paula Deen and our friends over at Hugs Pet Products have been preparing recipes for your furry four-legged family members in Deen’s own kitchen, online and on TV!

What could we possibly mean? Recently, Hugs and Paula Deen released their brand-new Paula Deen Premium Select Pet Food commercial!

If you haven’t seen it yet, now is your chance!

This short, but sweet, video gives viewers an inside look at the nutritious ingredients that are used to create this wholesome blend of pet food.

What’s even better is that the work that our friends over at Inventionland did for Hugs Pet Products was featured in this commercial as they were the creative minds behind the package design!

Paula Deen Commercial - Hugs Pet Products

The commercial has been running since Monday, October 19 and will continue through December. The 30-second video even has been featured on the big-time TV network, Lifetime!

As Thanksgiving Day is right around the corner, we can’t help but give thanks for this great update from our friends over at Inventionland and Hugs Pet Products!

Copyright Davison, 2015

And the Best Group Costume Award Goes to…

Holiday, Inventionland, Product News

A few weeks ago, we shared the exciting news with you that the Piñata Cupcake Pan was on QVC. Well this time, we are stuffed with excitement again to share with you a creative costume that our friends over at Inventionland shared with us from their recent Halloween party!

Three of our creative Directors of New Products here at Davison channeled their innovative and inventive spirits to create a costume that won them the award for Best Group Costume.

Lara, Laurie Ann, and Katelynn went above and beyond to tie in their costumes to our company! As you can see in the picture below, the group dressed as a piñata + a cupcake + Peter PAN and the result was the Piñata Cupcake Pan – get it?

Pinata Cupcake Pan Halloween Costume

“We all had such a great time putting these three costumes together. We worked really hard on them during our lunch breaks throughout the week, leading up to the very last minute! Laurie Ann is so creative and is always thinking outside of the box! We couldn’t have done it without her! Katelynn came up with the idea initially and we just built on it from there. We were so excited to win and even if we didn’t win a thing, the look on Mr. D’s face was rewarding enough! “said Lara.

This sweet costume was inspired by the Mrs. Fields Bake N Stuff Cupcake pan, a product that our friends over at Inventionland designed for the Love Cooking Company. Before airing on QVC, this innovative baking product was repackaged as the Piñata Cupcake Pan!

Pinata Cupcake Pan Halloween Costume

“We had so much fun with our costumes! Katelynn and Lara were troopers working so hard during lunchtime with all of my bossiness. I agree with Lara that seeing the look on Mr. Davison’s face was priceless. The hardest part was maneuvering around in a giant cupcake,” said Laurie Ann.

Just like the Piñata Cupcake Pan made an impression on QVC viewers, so too did this costume on the judges!

“This is the third Halloween party that I’ve attended to date at Inventionland and I must admit this year was the best! Laurie Ann is so creative in the way she put together the concept of the ‘Pinata Cupcake Pan’! It was so much fun getting to work together and bring the idea to life. The look on everyone’s faces was well worth the embarrassment of walking around as a Pinata! I’m excited about next year’s challenge and, who knows, maybe it will be another costume inspired by a great product!” exclaimed Katelynn.

We must admit that this costume was pretty sweet! Congratulations Lara, Laurie Ann and Katelynn for a job well done!

Copyright Davison, 2015

Guess Who Made the Pittsburgh Business Times’ List of the City’s Coolest Offices!

Davison News, Inventionland

At the beginning of this week, the Pittsburgh Business Times began a month-long series of articles where they sought out to find and showcase “the most interesting, inspiring and attractive office spaces in the Pittsburgh region.”

Where did the Pittsburgh Business Times’ Coolest Offices Month showcase begin? None other than at our friends over at Inventionland’s creative design facility! Yes, they were featured as the first, coolest office of September!


In the write-up of “WHY WE HAVE A COOL OFFICE,” the Pittsburgh Business Times’ listing states:

“Inventionland is America’s largest invention factory, where new products are designed, engineered and packaged by creative professionals who work inside 16-unique themed sets. Ideas are conceived at the round table in the Inventalot Castle, take root inside Davy’s Treehouse, come to life inside the Animation Attic and really take off at the Inventionland Motor Speedway, just to name a few. Our innovators are inspired by the sights and sounds of a shipwrecked pirate ship, three running waterfalls, life-like trees and grass-lined sidewalks.”

What an awesome way for our friends at Inventionland to start out September! See the entire Pittsburgh Business Times’ Coolest Offices Month showcase on Inventionland here!

Copyright Davison, 2015

Fox & Friends & Pet Products We’ve Designed – this Sunday!

Hugs Pet Products

Do you kind of get the feeling that whenever we mention our friends at Hugs Pet Products these days that maybe we’re about to announce some amazing product news?

Well, since we hate to disappoint, we’ll just go ahead and spill the beans one more time!

Fox and Friends Logo

This Sunday, June 7th, Fox & Friends will be featuring a few of the innovative Hugs Pet Products that we’ve designed for our clients at our very own invention factory, Inventionland!

In a national segment called “How to Keep your Pets Cool this Summer,” Fox & Friends will feature some of the Hugs’ Arctic and Hydro toys, the Cool Cot and Chillz Mats!

Inventor of the HydroboneCool Cot Inventor

That’s not one, not two, but three client products that will be featured on national TV this Sunday!

Right now, the “How to Keep your Pets Cool this Summer” segment is slated to run at 6:50 a.m. EST on Fox & Friends.

Of course, after our products air on Fox & Friends this Sunday, we’ll have a complete recap for you, but who can wait that long?! Set your DVR and start spreading the word today!

Copyright Davison, 2015


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

Davison News, Trade Shows

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!

Copyright Davison, 2015


Davison-Designed Hanger Pockets Have Got Serious Tex Appeal!

Product News

No, you didn’t read that headline incorrectly. We said that the Hanger Pockets we designed at Inventionland for our client Jennifer have some serious “Tex Appeal!”

Now, what on earth did we mean?

The clothing accessory organizer that conveniently slips over a hanger, allowing users to keep their outfits carefully coordinated, has been featured in the September issue of a Central Texas life and style magazine, aptly named “Tex Appeal.”

According to their website, Tex Appeal is “fascinating, alluring, engaging, tempting, influencing, and charming… all about Central Texas living . . . the people, the places, and the things that make us appealing.”

In their September 2014 issue, Tex Appeal writers featured an article that told the story of how Hanger Pockets came to be. Not only was a Davison inventor and her product featured in the magazine, but our founder and CEO Mr. Davison contributed to the story as well!

In a one-on-one interview with our inventor, Jennifer, she reveals that she originally signed with Davison in 2008, but it took her over two years to save the funds to move her idea forward. Our client said that even when her idea moved forward, there was a lot of waiting around.

“When I did hear, I got rejections from several manufacturers. At that point, I decided to put the matter in God’s hands and move forward with my life,” Jennifer said.

Early in 2014, Jennifer got a call that was not a rejection, but a licensing agreement with the Jokari Corporation. Though she was overjoyed, she said that she, again, waited another six month for her Hanger Pockets to hit the market.

“Be sure you have a strong support network also, because you will go through a roller coaster of emotions – you need people around who will believe in you and listen. You also have to walk by faith and not what you can see at the moment,” said Jennifer.

Mr. Davison said that Jennifer’s product is off to a great start, thanks to her persistence to pursue her idea.

“Hanger Pockets is off to a good start; it’s gotten the kind of response we hoped to get… [Jennifer] had an idea that worked and Jokari was happy with it, too. This is a win-win for all parties involved,” said Mr. Davison.

Read more about Jennifer’s Hanger Pocket story and see what the magazine has to say about our nine-step Better Way to Invent on pages 42-43 of Tex Appeal.

Congratulations, again, to Jennifer and the entire Davison and Inventionland teams that worked to bring Hanger Pockets to market!

Copyright Davison 2014


Chew on this: Davison-designed Deals Featured on!

Product News

Obviously, we are still reeling with excitement from last month’s SuperZoo trade show in Las Vegas. With all of the potential for Davison-designed products in 2015, it is hard not to be pumped up!

But, why wait until next year to get excited about seeing some Davison-designed pet products on the market?

Recently, it was brought to our attention that had a deal on Sticks Throwing Dog Treats, a tasty product that we designed for Hugs Pet Products!

According to their website, Coupaw is a pet-friendly, member website that offers its users limited-time deals on pet supplies in order to “tell other people about some of the best pet services and retailers [they] could find, and to arrange some great savings for all of us!”

When a user subscribes to Coupaw, deals on dog and cat products are emailed to them. For a limited time, they are able to take advantage of those deals and share them with friends and family to get credit toward future deals.

Although the Sticks deal has now expired, it had featured both the Smokey Bacon and Peanut Butter flavors of the throwing dog treats for as low as $6.95, almost half of their $11.98 suggested retail price.

What’s even better than seeing one product that we designed at Davison for sale?

While pawing around for Sticks on, we spotted ANOTHER Davison-designed pet product featured on the website!

The Whack-a-Mouse Interactive Cat Toy had been offered as a deal on Coupaw, too! The Whack-a-Mouse, cousin of the whack-a-mole, is a game that will keep any cat chasing after a toy mouse for hours.

If you’ve got a pet (or even if you don’t), sign up for alerts today and see some awesome Davison-designed pet products at super-great deals!

Copyright Davison 2014

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!

Copyright Davison 2014

Shopko Stores Join Over 1,200 Others that Have Sold Davison Products!

Davison News

You probably already know that our new products and packaging solutions have sold in over 1,200 stores and online retailers. Well, today, we’re here to tell you that you can add one more store to that list!

We’ve got new proof of some of our Davison-designed pet products on the shelves of Shopko, a Midwest retailer with over 330 locations.

The “cooling end cap,” includes products that were designed at Inventionland like the Arctic Freeze Ball, Bone, Fetch and Snowflake, along with various sizes of the Chilly Mat, just went in to Shopko stores last week.

According to the Shopko website, their stores service people everywhere from small communities to mid-size cities. They carry quality name-brand merchandise, great values, pharmacy and optical services.

And, of course, now they carry Davison-designed pet products!

Like we always say, the proof is in the stores and we are always excited and proud to see our products on store shelves and online!

Copyright Davison 2014

Davison Products Shine at 2014 National Hardware Show

Davison News

Last week, the Las Vegas Convention Center was filled with over 27,000 hardware industry professionals for the 2014 National Hardware Show, which caters to the home improvement and DIY markets.

And, what would a major trade show be without some Davison-designed products?

At the 2014 National Hardware Show, Creative Outdoor Distributor featured several products that were designed at Inventionland, including: the Bucket Bench, Compressor Keeper, Chuck A Puck, Curved Sports Bench and Garage Grate. Additionally, Creative Outdoor Distributor also showcased the Auto Pocket which was designed at Inventionland, too!

This year’s National Hardware Show was a success and we are already looking forward to next year! Here are a few photos from the 2014 National Hardware Show:

Copyright Davison 2014

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.


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