“We’ve been in this business for a long time now, and there’s been a lot of change,” said Dave, as we walked around the production floor of the 60,000 sq. ft. building. “But people still appreciate a quality product that they know is going to last for years. That’s probably the biggest reason for our success.”
Dave and Sandy are small business owners. They put in long hours all year long but especially during the holiday rush, which is September through November in this business. They'll be the first to arrive and the last to leave. You're as likely to find either of them on the production floor as in their offices. Dave welds the heavy metal displays, building custom decorations for customers across the country. Sandy enjoys working with the production team, lining the metal frames with light strings.
You might think that working with holiday displays year round would take away from the Christmas spirit come December, but these two have managed to hold on to their holiday cheer. Because displays go up quickly after Thanksgiving, by the time Christmas rolls around, the GP Designs team is usually done with their work and ready to enjoy a well-deserved holiday.
If you enjoy holiday decorations and lights, you’re not going to find a better place to tour than GP Designs. From the design floor where the metal frames are welded to the garland machines, you’ll definitely find something to smile about. We visited the display room—with the displays turned on and the overheads off, it’s a winter wonderland certain to bring out the kid at heart. While Christmas is definitely the busiest season for GP Designs, the company also creates displays for Halloween, Easter, and special occasions.