A Boyertown area business of 25 years is on the verge of expansion, with a new building on the way in Gilbertsville.
On Wednesday, July 17, Gateway Ticketing Systems, Inc. broke ground at the future site of it’s the global headquarters on County Line Road, Gilbertsville.
The construction of a 42,000 sq. ft., two-story office building will serve to meet the growth of Gateway Ticketing Systems and is expected to support the creation of 15 jobs and the retention of 80 positions in Berks County.
This corportation fuctions as a service which delivers ticketing, point of sale, and admission control systems to entertainment venues, passenger transportation companies, and non-profit organizations. They currently service more than 475 customer sites in over 40 countries.
The founders and employees of Gateway Ticketing Systems, Inc. celebrated the groundbreaking alongside the project’s general contractor Hollenbach Construction Inc. and Muhlenberg Greene Architects.
“We started working on this a year and a half ago; a building starts with a vision,” said Glenn Ebersole, Strategic Vice President of Hollenbach Construction, Inc. “Today we’re here celebrating the ceremonial groundbreaking—a way that people used to celebrate the breaking of ground for a new beginning.”
During the ceremony, Peter Grumblatt, co-founder of Gateway Ticketing Systems, Inc., reflected on the transformation of the Boyertown warehouse, the company’s growth, and the new changes underway.
“We’re outgrowing our facility. This is a big transformation of who we are and what we are. We’re bringing an idea to a reality. I think I can see what is coming—unbelievable change,” said Grumblatt. “It’s impossible to describe how much work went into this. Our growth made this possible.”
The project is expected to reach completion by the spring of 2014, with an estimated cost of $7 million.
The project’s financing is provided by M&T Bank in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA). PIDA will provide a $2 million, 15-year low-interest loan at 1.5 percent to the Greater Berks Development Fund on behalf of Gateway Ticketing Systems, Inc.
“We’re celebrating 25 years of Gateway with a building that fits our needs,” said Michael Andre, co-founder, noting that they also wanted to be closer to Route 100. “The design phase is over, now the building just has to be built. “
“We could not have had a better client; they had a swift vision and the ability to see the invisible,” Ebersole added before the tossing of first earth.
Governor Tom Corbett released a statement announcing the expansion project on Wednesday.
“As governor, it is my priority to ensure our businesses have the resources to grow and create jobs for Pennsylvanians,” Corbett said. “Gateway Ticketing’s expansion marks the second jobs announcement this month in Berks County, bringing 44 new jobs to the region.”
Gateway Ticketing Systems was incorporated 25 years ago on July 8, 1988.
According to a recent release, the company was founded by Peter Grumblatt, Michael Andre, and Darryl Moser in a renovated building on what was then Grumblatt’s farm in Oley.
The company’s current headquarters has been at its current location in Boyertown since November 1997.