On August 23rd the GAL Chicagoland office had its grand opening party. GAL opened an office in Elk Grove Village, IL which is about 10 minutes from our location. I walked in to see all the big swingers in attendance from GAL. I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to meet a lot of these people through my term on NAEC Board of Directors, it was great to see old friends and meet the people I had not had the opportunity to meet yet that are new additional to the team.
GAL currently owns; GAL, Hollister Whitney, Courion Freight Doors, BoreMax and Elevator Controls.
[GAL's new Ehydro controller]
[GAL's traction controller]
[GAL's linear opeartor]
[GAL's new geared & gearless machine]
[Courion's freight door set up]
When GAL was acquired by Golden Gate Capital one of their market research items noted was “when I call GAL if I get someone on the phone the customer service is great! If I don’t get someone on the phone then I go into a black hole”. The opening of the local offices in Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles and New York solves this issue for these markets. We are really stoked about the new office that will be warehousing typical GAL operators, governors, buffers, arms, keys, rollers, etc.
Value added items – in addition to warehousing they will be having in house training and providing technical support, which is huge! The local office has already assisted in a few items for us. One of the other big items we are excited to see is the fabrication of power units from their recently acquired BoreMax which was historically a West Coast supplier which did not have a presence in our region.
[Boremax power unit]
For a guy who grew up in the mid 1990’s working in the shop taking deliveries of GAL, delivering GAL parts, taking a part old operators and later engineering and ordering from them this is a very interesting development to have them open an office in our back yard. GAL/Hollister Whitney has been an institution in our industry for much longer than I have been around so their new evolution is exciting.
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