Contrary to popular opinion, Lifetime doesn't have a magic machine that takes raw-materials in one side, and spits out award winning products on the other side. Instead, we have a talented team of people working in various locations across not only the United States of America, but across the globe, as well. Most of you probably know that Lifetime is the industry leader in residential basketball hoops and polyethylene folding tables and chairs. But, they are also a recognized industry leader in our corporate IT capabilities. In fact, because of our cutting-edge standardization practices, HP recently showcased Lifetime in an international case study to help teach other companies about the benefits of standardization and centralization. Pretty cool. Traditionally, multinational companies have large and unnecessarily redu... More

With the start of a new school year, parents tend to have a lot on their mind. One topic that seems to come up a lot is playground safety. Although Lifetime doesn’t influence school ground safety, Lifetime does make a variety of home playground equipment built specifically with your child’s safety in mind. We have rubberized chain grips on our swing sets and playsets to prevent little fingers from being caught or pinched, and all hard edges have been rounded or covered. Our UV-protected, powder-coated steel and high-density polyethylene are heat resistant and will not burn kids on a sunny day like many metal or plastic outdoor toys. Our playground equipment passes all playground safety standards to ensure your child’s safety. Our playground equipment is built durable and safe; however, it is also important ... More

We are excited to announce that the official Lifetime Products app for Windows Phone is now available from the Marketplace, and it's free for anyone who'd like it! What's more, it's designed to stay up-to-date with our product lines, so as long as you have a data connection, you'll never be taken by surprise. Why should you get the Lifetime Windows Phone app? At Lifetime Products, we're constantly trying to stay ahead of the curve. In today's environment, that means being able to answer your questions about our products no matter where you are -- even on your smartphone. With our new Windows Phone app, you can browse through all of our products and specific models. You can quickly see their specs and photos. You can easily compare models, email product information and pictures, and even buy the product right from... More

Congratulations to Susan S. of Phoenix, Arizona!  Susan was randomly selected as this month's giveaway winner and will receive a Lifetime 44" Round Picnic Table just in time to use for her Labor Day BBQ!  Since this was one of our most popular giveaways so far this year, we decided to offer this picnic table for a limited time only at a special price for those of you who weren't the lucky winner but still want to own one of these unique tables.  So, now through the end of August, you can save $50 on Lifetime 44" Round Picnic Table in the Lifetime Store online. Simply enter discount code 44picnic when you check out.  And, as always, keep reading our blogs because we'll start another great product giveaway sometime in September.  Until then, happy picnicking … More

Last week, we journeyed to Ohio for our annual summer vacation to visit my parents. While we were there, Lifetime shipped me a Lifetime Manta tandem kayak to use so I could share some personal experiences and reviews with you. But, before we could legally use the Lifetime Manta Kayak in Ohio public waters, we had to register it as a watercraft with the State of Ohio. Ideally, the process should be quick… although, unfortunately, the day we went the service wasn't exactly speedy or friendly.  But, we simply filled out a form with our contact information and kayak information, paid $25 for a 3 year registration (cost may vary with each state), and received our registration number and tag decal. Then, we headed to Walmart to buy the numbers to stick on the side of the kayak.  That's it.  Done.&nb... More

 This giveaway has ended. Sadly, summer is almost over and Labor Day is just around the corner.  Labor Day is officially a federal holiday and a day of rest created to recognize our country's workers.  But,  it seems it is more often recognized as a day to signify the last day of summer with one last hooroh.  So, since most Labor Day celebrations traditionally include a picnic or BBQ, this month we're going to give away a Lifetime 44-Inch Round Picnic Table!  The Lifetime 44-Inch Round Picnic Table offers a unique twist to the standard picnic table.  And, yes, I mean that literally because the benches on this table twist, or rather swing, outward for easy seating access for up to six adults!  This open frame design provides a stylish look and increases legroom.  It also allow... More

A lot of our customers often start asking us the same questions about composting around this time of year. One of the most common concerns we hear is that their Lifetime Composter is leaking.  Long story short, this is normal.  But, to really give you insight into why this is normal, AND what you can do with the leaking liquid, I've asked our Geekstyle blogger Joe to give you the scoop.  (For those of you who don't know, Joe the Web Guy is also known as Joe the Green Guy when he's not on the Lifetime clock - with his own website called PathToGreenerLiving.com where he gives tips for going green including how to use some of Lifetime's Lawn & Garden products.) From Joe: A lot of people have jumped on the home gardening band-wagon and are interested in starting to make their own compost. And why no... More

Last week, Lifetime spent more than three days participating in the Outdoor Retailer’s Summer Market Show held at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah. From small shops and regional chains, to the largest national and international retailers, Outdoor Retailer attracts thousands of buyers and decision makers that are looking for outdoor specific products, services, brands, fresh idea, and outdoor innovation. With our recent developments in the water sports industry, Lifetime was well represented at the show and was able to show off some new products and designs. We are excited to continue innovating and moving forward in kayak and paddleboard development. While attending the show, I couldn’t help thinking about how great it is to be a company headquartered in Utah. Thousands of businesses from all ov... More

The Lifetime 6 ft Wave Kayaks are a great way to get your kids out on the water and introduce them to the exciting sport of kayaking. These Lifetime kayaks are made of high-density polyethylene plastic so they are lightweight and durable with a smooth one piece construction that has no sharp edges or protruding hardware. Very easy to use and easy to transport. Our kids kayaks are designed with a sloped back end to provide kids with an easy entry from the water. Unlike the traditional kayak design, the tunneled hull on this kayak gives it amazing stability--no wobbling! Perfect for flat water paddeling on lakes and ponds.  To introduce your kids to a refreshing new outdoor activity this summer, just go to our Lifetime Store online, enter model 90098 for th... More

When coordinating Lifetime's semi-annual company meeting, I can get caught up in the details rather than appreciating the meeting for what it is. This past Saturday, as I peered from behind my laptop into a sea of more than 800 blue “25 Years” Lifetime T-shirts, it hit me. Our semi-annual meeting is a unique program— one of the few times each year when people from all shifts and departments gather together and hear company updates, see new and upcoming products, and take part in Lifetime’s Profit Sharing program.But I believe there is more to this meeting than what meets the eye... In the 45 times Lifetime has held this meeting, and the years that I have had the pleasure in taking part, I have come to realize what it means. It’s our commitment to producing high-quality products. It&rsqu... More

 
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Tables Are Garage Sale Must!
Earlier this summer, we had a garage sale. We had a lot of junk treasures, to clean out. I was excited about the prospect of making a good chunk of change based on a few of our "big" objects and the oodles of infant gear and kids' clothes, which are always hot garage sale items. But, I knew that presentation was the key to getting more things sold. The neater my "treasures" were displayed, the quicker and better they would sell. We have annual garage sales so I've somewhat perfected my strategies over the years. I usually try to arrange things similar to a mini-store with all like-items placed together. Normally, I have enough table space simply by putting a big piece of plywood on top of our sawhorses, and setting up my card table and Lifetime 4'x2' table. I also always use my Lifetime Personal Table for my separate cash ta...
Veterans Day Discount Announced on Twitter
Do you love Lifetime products? Do you love getting good deals? Then follow us on Twitter and become a Lifetime Products fan on Facebook! Our first Twitter exclusive promotion will be held this Wednesday, November 11, 2009 on Veterans Day. Follow us on Twitter andin honor of Veterans Day and the 50 great states that our veterans give so much for, Ill announce a discount code good for $50 off any purchase of $150 or more at Buylifetime.com!And, as always, shipping is FREE at www.Buylifetime.com! Lifetime is proud of our military and is proud to offer this discount to everyone - whether in the military or not - in honor of the service and sacrifice these men and women give for our country.But hurry, the Veterans Day discount I mentioned above will be valid for one day only. Be sure to check Twitter and Facebook often to ask ...
Lifetime Products: A “Lean” Manufacturing Leader - Learns from Toyota
Three of our executives--President, COO, and VP of Research Development--recently had the opportunity to visit Toyotas assembly plant in Japan. Their visit was not to see how cars and trucks are built, but rather to learn more about Toyotas Lean manufacturing ways. Lean is a term used frequently here at Lifetime. Basically, Lean is centered on preserving value with less work. Lifetime has been implementing Lean methods for more than ten years however; there has been renewed emphasis the past two years. Some of which include flow of material and plant layout. The concept of Lean manufacturing is growing in popularity around the world but it originally derived from the Toyota Production System (TPS) in Japan. Our executives said Japan, in general, is an unbelievably clean and neat country which is directly reflected in their ...