Gateway Ticketing Systems, Inc. celebrated 25 years in serving its customers with a ground breaking ceremony for the construction of a new 42, 000 sq. ft., two-story office building to serve as the global headquarters for the company.
Completion for the $7 million project by Hollenbach Construction Inc. and Mulhlenberg Greene Architects, Ltd. is expected in spring 2014 and is being financed by M&T Bank in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA).
Gateway Ticketing Systems, Inc. was born 25 years ago in a small shed behind co-founder Peter Grumblatt’s house. The small space soon became too tight to house Grumblatt and co-founders Michael Andre and Darryl Moser and the company moved to small storefront on Boyertown’s main street. According to Grumblatt: “We went from a homebrew software product to an actual company.” As sales and the customer base grew, it was time to move again, this time to a larger rental space for development, staging, delivery and support. The company headquarters has been at its current Boyertown location since November 1997.
Time has been kind to Gateway and not just in office size. From a single initial customer in 1988, Gateway now boasts a large and loyal customer base encompassing over 400 venues in 40 countries on six of the seven continents! Customers include: HERSHEYPARK®, the Empire State Building™, San Diego Zoo™, Statue Cruises™, LEGOLAND® theme parks, Crayola Experience™, World of Coca-Cola®, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London™, London
Eye™, and Universal Orlando®. The company employee base has also grown over the years: beginning with a team of three, Gateway now employs 93 employees at its corporate, Canadian and UK offices.
Gateway CEO and President, Michael Andre, is thrilled to keep the forward momentum: “July has been a fantastic time in the history of Gateway Ticketing Systems. We had our 25th anniversary since the incorporation of thecompany, AND broke ground on a project that will define the next quarter century of what Gateway Ticketing Systems will become. After many months of preparation, the construction phase of this project has begun and we are celebrating the future of Gateway Ticketing Systems.”
The groundbreaking ceremony included speeches by Gateway founders Michael Andre and Peter Grumblatt. In addition to Gateway employees, representatives from Hollenbach, Muhlenberg, the Colebrookdale Township Planning Commission and PIDA were in attendance. A celebration luncheon was served at the company’s current office following the ceremony.