Gear Grid wins International Trade Award for 2012

FL Industrial Park company honored for export success

GearGrid LLC of Forest Lake, specialists in wire forming and fabrication of custom retail POP display and OEM components, as well as its own propriety line of GearGrid® gear storage systems for fire and rescue, athletic and equine markets, has received the 2012 Governor’s International Trade Award from Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Trade Office.

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, left, presents a 2012 international trade award to Bob Foht, GearGrid sales and marketing director. (Photo submitted)

One of 10 recipients honored with this year’s award, GearGrid was recognized for showing exceptional progress and success in its export initiatives.

Part of the 27th Annual International Trade Awards and Export Initiative, developed to spotlight the positive effect that exports and trade have on the state’s economy, the award was presented during a luncheon last month in Minneapolis.

Bob Foht, GearGrid director of sales and marketing, accepted on behalf of the company.

“Minnesota’s global footprint continues to expand, and we’re honored to have our accomplishments recognized,” said GearGrid CEO Don DeMorett.

“The GearGrid story is a true public-private collaboration success story, as we couldn’t have come this far without the great people and resources at the Minnesota Trade Office. We’re grateful for that support and recommend it highly to any firm considering export markets.”

Founded as a contract manufacturing firm, GearGrid originally focused exclusively on designing and building custom retail displays and wire forms for retail and OEM markets.

In 1997, the company began the development of its proprietary, specialized systems for fire and rescue PPE storage, as well as athletic gear, equine, and other equipment and apparatus storage and transport systems.

GearGrid Corporation, LLC, manufactures its GearGrid® line of high-performance storage equipment at its corporate office and production facilities at 670 SW 15th St.

GearGrid also provides custom solutions including custom wire forming and fabrication for retail and POP display applications and OEM components, to a variety of manufacturers and markets worldwide.

Though the company’s name has changed since its inception, 2012 marks the company’s 90th year of manufacturing excellence. Learn more at