A Milestone: Inventions from Davison Hit 1,000 Retail Stores


Company Celebrates with Festive Gala in Inventionland

Pittsburgh, PA, October 17, 2011 – Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Walmart, Home Depot, Sears, K-Mart, JC Penney, Jo-Ann Stores, FAO Schwarz, Cabela’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods. These are but a handful of the 1,000 retailers and online stores who have carried Davison-designed products. The Pittsburgh-based new-product development firm and home of Inventionland celebrated the milestone with an in-house party replete with a laser light show and nine-liter bottle of Champagne.

“When we started out more than twenty years ago, the notion of selling our clients’ products in one thousand stores was like a schoolboy believing he would have a Super Bowl ring on his finger someday,” says George M. Davison, CEO of Davison. “But we made it our mission and now here we are.”

It started with Walmart, the first major retailer to offer Davison’s Oil Filter Gripper in 1996. Other early products that were picked up by retailers include the Personals Air Freshener and Yard Address Stick. Now, Specialty Gourmet Goodies marks the 1,000th retail venue to carry Davison products by offering the Healthy Steps Pasta Basket. Two weeks prior to Specialty Gourmet Goodies, T.J. Maxx began to sell a popular Davison pet toy, the Hydro Bone.

Over the years, George Davison has perfected a nine-step method of developing products. He works closely with his own designers, individual inventors, and corporate clients to create professional-quality prototypes and packaging. Approximately 200-240 product prototypes are turned out each month at Inventionland, and those that are licensed and marketed bear the distinctive Davison “D” placed discreetly on the product packaging.

“The once unthinkable has happened,” Davison said in a toast to the company’s success. “Davison products have now been sold in one thousand different stores and online retailers. It’s an incredible day for the company and for all of us who have made this dream come true.”

The celebration was held at Inventionland, the creative design facility Davison opened in 2006, and where his creative team goes to work each day with the mandate to invent. “Dare to invent” is Davison’s motto and he counts among his role models Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Walt Disney. “I find it extremely rewarding to be able to help the everyday ‘idea person’ bring an idea for a new product to life, and then hear their reaction after they actually see it in packaging and on the store shelf,” Davison said at the celebration. “There’s nothing more exciting.”

Davison has been featured in Entrepreneur, American Executive, Fortune, CBS’s The Early Show, PBS’s Dave & Dave Show, Lifetime TV’s The Balancing Act and others. The company’s products have been reviewed in Business Week, Metropolitan Home, on the Rachel Ray Show and many others. Inventionland was honored with a 2011 Creative Rooms in Business (CRIB) award by the Pittsburgh Technology Council. At the 2011 International Housewares Show, at least 150 Davison-designed products and packaging solutions were in evidence in the exhibitors’ booths.

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