Innovating Legacy: The Gates & Sons Story of Building Beyond

August 16, 2023


The Gates family began their legacy as contractors, laying the foundation for the city of Denver, Colorado. We trace the roots of innovation back to Lee Gates Sr., the patriarch, who ventured into inventing products to simplify their contractor lives. These innovations quickly gained traction, propelling the family business from constructing buildings to crafting machines that produced essential construction components. Gordon Gates, with his ingenious ideas, paved the way for Gates & Sons to become a beacon of innovation in the industry.

Gates & Sons’ solutions span a wide spectrum, from residential foundations and retaining walls to high-rise structures, stadiums, arenas, and theaters. The video uncovers the challenges faced in recent years, particularly in intricate concrete designs. Witness how Gates & Sons tackled these challenges head-on by listening to customer needs and introducing products that facilitate the construction of complex structures.

The heart of Gates & Sons’ success lies in its dedication to innovation. From primitive concepts like the camlock bracket, which laid the foundation for modern forming systems, to the latest scaffolding solutions developed within days to assist contractors, innovation is deeply ingrained in their ethos. Unlike many competitors, Gates & Sons focuses on wood-based forming systems, offering flexibility and customization to cater to the unique demands of each project.

Throughout the video, you’ll discover the company’s commitment to manufacturing accessories promptly and efficiently. The conversation highlights the relentless pursuit of creating new products, not merely for novelty’s sake, but to address real-world problems contractors face. Gates & Sons’ journey is a testament to the pivotal historical moments when new inventions and fresh perspectives reshaped the construction landscape. The video excites viewers about the future of construction innovation, guided by the Gates & Sons legacy.

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