Founded in 1983, Gateway Kitchen & Bath is a family-based company that has had the pleasure of serving the needs of homeowners in southern Manitoba and surrounding areas as far as Japan, for over 30 years.
Our humbling beginnings took shape in a former 1,600 sq. foot trucking facility where our kitchens were sold, drafted, and manufactured. Using simple equipment, our shop resembled much more like a “garage-type” cabinet builder than a major manufacturer. It did not take long before it was evident that more space was going to be needed, and surely enough, Gateway doubled in size two years later in 1985, adding another 1,600 sq. feet adjoined to the original building.
It was in 1992 that another addition was made to the building, which was eventually exclusively transformed into the showroom we use currently. Prior to this, however, it was much more than a showroom, and housed the company lunch room, showroom, and some of the manufacturing facility.
Two years later, another 5,800 sq. foot building was added to the expansion, which was responsible for holding all of the manufacturing and shipping capabilities. By increasing floor space and ceiling height of the last two expansions, storage was vastly increased and allowed for more sophisticated dust collected systems to keep the floor and products clean. The expansion also allowed for major changes in machinery. With more machinery coming direct from Germany, shop capabilities have been expanded to further include more options and increase efficiency.
Digital sanders, table saws, and planers measuring down to the thousandth of an inch ensure accurate cabinet ingredients before we finalize the product with a hand finish. Our latest and most advanced purchase was that of a CNC nesting machine to increase both capabilities and efficiency even further; always with the customer in mind.
In 2007, Gateway undertook a major renovation itself to better organize the showrooms and employee offices that were spread throughout the three floors of the building. The showroom was merged into two floors, two office wings were created for designers, and engineering and other office staff were moved upstairs. It was also in 2007 that Gateway renovated the current Gateway Professional Centre to update the facade and the offices that are next door to the location.
All of these changes happened over time, gradually growing from those original 1,600 sq. feet to the 28,000 sq. feet you see today. Just as kitchens have changed dramatically over the last 30 years, Gateway is ever-evolving in an attempt to meet its customers' needs the best way it possibly can. Even though our staff of two has evolved to a staff of nearly 30 people, our focus remains the same: bring our customers the ultimate value proposition in a full service residential service provider.
Some events you will continue to see us at include the Kitchen and Bath Show in January and our annual Open House and BBQ, which generally falls on the Saturday after the long weekend in early July.
Where do we go from here? Well, that depends on where you would like us to go! We always enjoy feedback from our customers to help us shape our company around the needs we would like to fulfill.