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Wooden Crating Services - Shipping & Storage, Custom & Production

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Many companies' find themselves in a precarious position when it comes to shipping products that require packaging other than corrugated. The products may be "very fragile", "very heavy", "very large", "awkward in size" or some combination of these. When this occurs, what typically happens is the maintenance department is asked to make some sort of wooden structure or "crate" to allow the product to be shipped safely.

Over time, this becomes an everyday chore using the maintenance people, some of the more expensive personnel in a factory, or a group of people from various areas that have shown some woodworking ability or liked "wood-shop" in high school. This results in creating an ad hoc job skill and department in the factory with no real promotional path in and out of the department. It also changes the company's workmen's compensation insurance requirement and before you know it, these changes become a "Real Thorn in your Side" (excuse the wood pun).

Instead of doing the above, a company may have decided to "outsource" this activity from the beginning, but then didn't know where to look for a supplier to do this type of work. First stop may have been the company's packaging supplier, but this would cost more because they too would outsource this activity. Next stop may have been a lumber company or a small woodworking business in your area. The problem with these solutions is that a crate is a very integral part of the product's production process and, by its nature, a very bulky component in that process. A company cannot afford anything else but a "Just In Time" manufacturing process and a supplier that knows how to deliver this result.

Gateway Manufacturing is that supplier. Our crating process area is designed as a typical manufacturing area with routings, process steps, quality check points and cross-trained employees to insure that your crates are there when you need them every time. We have a multitude of nail guns for consistent construction quality, a 7 1/2 HP SECO Chop Saw to make precise, repeatable cuts on all structure wood and a CNC CASADEI Panel Saw with air tables to precisely cut all side sheathing requirements with a high degree of accuracy. We have a variety of hydraulic lift tables and power conveyors to insure a safe work environment for our employees. The result of all of this is a quality crate product that provides a cost-effective solution to protect the shipments of our customers' products. The final problem that is taken care of by Gateway Manufacturing is the transportation of these bulky packaging products. We provide "Door to Door" service with our straight-axle or semi-truck to guarantee on-time delivery. If requirements are large, we can "drop and hook" trailers so that our trailers can be used as KanBan storage for our customers' production process.


Equipment List

53' trailers for delivery of crates
Air operated nail guns

Automatic chop saw

Automatic screw guns with bowl feeders

CNC Panel saw

CNC Router

Full inventory of dimension lumber

Heavy duty conveyor lines

ISPM-15 Registered for export crating

Overhead bridge for larger crates

Pneumatic and electric lifts

Rotating lift tables


Tooling made in house for quick turns

Warehousing facilities

Shipping/Distribution Services

Shipping is a very integral part of the process of manufacturing, though it is rarely thought of in this regard. Without on-time arrivals, the entire process of "Just in Time" manufacturing is futile. That is why Gateway Manufacturing leaves nothing to chance when it comes to delivery.

We have CDL and Non-CDL solutions for our customers. When you need your product, we can deliver it personally to ensure success throughout all aspects of the process.

If our delivery is small to medium size or weight, we can deliver in a 26 foot straight axle truck with load capabilities in excess of 10,000 pounds.

If your need is more extensive, we have a tractor/trailer solution with 53 foot trailers and tandem axle tractors capable of carrying the maximum load by law. Since we began manufacturing, we have not had shipping damage to the products or sub-assemblies sent to our customers.

We also have contract carriers for LTL loads with very competitive rates so that you can take advantage of our discount structures for the products of sub-assemblies we manufacture for you.

"Bringing a TOTAL SOLUTION to our customers needs is what we do BEST !"

Gateway Manufacturing, Inc. is located 1 mile from I-64 in Mount Sterling, Kentucky and is centrally located between several major Midwest cities. Gateway is ready to respond when you need them. On your next project, contact the professionals at Gateway Manufacturing, Inc. for consistent quality, delivery and price performance.

30 Miles Lexington, Kentucky

90 Miles Louisville, Kentucky; Cincinnati, Ohio; Huntington, West Virginia

175 Miles Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; Knoxville, Tennessee


·  Custom Crating Services

·  Wood Cutting Services

·  Custom Crating

·  Custom Crating, Base

·  Custom Crating, Front

·  Custom Crating Final Assembly

·  Panel Saw

·  Chop Saw Services

·  Crate Assembly


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