Over the years, we’ve told you about how our blow-molded products are made, and how our metals are powder-coated to protect them, but how does the whole process work, anyway?  I certainly didn't know before I started working for Lifetime.  But, here at the Freeport Center, all your products begin from scratch.  When I was first hired, I had the chance to tour the entire facility. And it was probably one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen.  No kidding.  Did you know that in our blow-molding facility, our High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) plastic starts out as beads that are pumped from the trains to the building silos?  The beads are melted and poured into the blow-molding forms. When the formed part comes out, Lifetime employees remove excess plastic and prepare them for a... More

The coolest thing about working at Lifetime Products is our dedication to innovate and make stuff that just doesn't exist yet. Our newest basketball system  - the Power Flex System - is my favorite system that we make because of just that.  In an industry that is saturated with competition, we were able to come up with an in-ground basketball system that is unique in many ways. First, we started with the height adjustment mechanism. Our engineers were able to patent new technology with a gas-assist, triggerless handle adjustment called the Power Lift® XL Height Adjust.  This new Power Lift XL is similar to our existing Power Lift® mechanism that Lifetime invented in 1996  - which was the first pneumatic height adjustment mechanism for basketball hoops.  However, our new Power Lift® X... More

 This giveaway has ended. Halloween isn't even here yet, but if you have walked through any stores lately, you know that retailers are already in full swing with Thanksgiving and even Christmas displays.  Personally, I like to think about one holiday at a time!  But, at Lifetime we're already starting to think about the holidays, too with products, sales, and more.  In fact, the holiday entertaining season is one of the most popular times for people to purchase Lifetime folding tables and chairs because they need extra dining space for Thanksgiving dinners, extra buffet table space, and more. So even though it's still October, this month our giveaway is geared for your November and December needs.  We're giving away a Lifetime 34" Fold-In-Half Square Table and four Lifetime Light Commercial Folding c... More

Here in the water sports department we often get asked, “Do I need to wear a life jacket when I kayak... even in flat water?”  It is a good question, and it has a really important answer - YES. Almost all of the US states require you to have a life jacket with you when on the water, no matter the water conditions.  The details will, of course, vary state to state. The key is you should always have a life jacket when heading out for a paddle whether in your kayak or on your paddleboard.  More importantly, you should always be wearing your life jacket when you are paddling.   It is easy to brush the PFD (personal flotation device - aka lifejacket) off as a non-essential but it is just as important as your paddle and kayak.  You never know what could happen out there and it is alw... More

 We did it again! Back in 1998, Lifetime revolutionized the folding table industry by inventing the first blow-molded folding banquet table.  The tables were lighter and stronger than traditional wooden folding tables.  Our invention made heavy, wooden folding tables practically obsolete as blow-molded tabletops became the new market standard.  Today, I'm excited to introduce to you Lifetime's new line of stackable folding tables - the biggest innovation in the folding table industry since our original invention!  Why is this new design such a big deal?  Several reasons.  First, the new Lifetime 6-Foot Stackable Folding Table features an innovative nesting design that allows multiple tables to easily be stacked together for space saving... More

A few months ago I forewarned you of the top three things to know before assembling a Lifetime Basketball Hoop. Today, I'm going to share with you some of the specific hurdles I alluded to in that post that we crossed along the way when assembling our own Lifetime Basketball Hoop (model 90228). To be honest, I'm kind of embarrassed to share my story with you given some of the pretty major "oopsies" we had.  After all, since I work for Lifetime, you'd think I'd know how to assemble the products.  Not necessarily true.  This was my first time assembling a Lifetime Basketball Hoop.  Let's just say, I can definitely empathize with our customers now! Before we started assembling, we laid out all of our parts and pieces to make sure we could easily find everything.  Thankfully, all the parts and bags of ha... More

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  In honor of the health campaign, this month you can get a great deal on a sit-inside kayak while also contributing to a great cause!  If you love to fly fish, check out the hot pink Emotion Glide™ Sit-Inside Angler Kayak.  We are excited to offer $100 discount off the regular price of the Emotion Glide™ Angler Kayak in the Lifetime Store Online. In addition to the discount, Emotion Kayaks (which are manufactured by Lifetime Products) will donate $25 from each pink Glide™ kayak sale to Casting for Recovery®.  Casting for Recovery® is a non-profit organization which supports women who have or have had breast cancer. This innovative organization was founded on the prin... More

In this post, I wanted to share with you more information about our new Grabcessories™ products. We've all seen safety grab bars. So, what makes Grabcessories™ unique? First, they look GREAT!  Honestly, they do!  Our new product line is designed to be both beautiful and functional - seamlessly integrating as actual bathroom décor while providing the convenience of safety accessories.  If you read between all that marketing mumbo-jumbo, it means your bathroom will still look like a home bathroom and not a hospital or nursing home. The second thing that makes Grabcessories™ unique is that they currently are the only safety grab bar product on the market offering a complete line of coordinating bathroom safety accessories.  Most manufactures only offer one bar fo... More

Wow!  A LOT of you have storage projects on your to-do lists!  We were overwhelmed with entries this month and we heard dozens of different uses that all of our entrants had in mind for the Lifetime Outdoor Storage Box.  But, a big congratulations goes out to Melissa O. of Hamptom, Virginia who was the one lucky winner of our September giveaway. She will receive a free Lifetime 80-Gallon Outdoor Storage Box and plans to use it for her gardening supplies… a very popular idea shared by many of you.  It's always interesting to learn how our customers plan to use our products. Your feedback helps us design our products to best fit your needs so thank you for always sharing. Just because you didn't win the giveaway doesn't mean you're completely out of luck.  If you are still wishing you had ... More

 
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Building Our Lifetime Shed – Step 2
Since its been over a week since I last blogged, youre probably hoping that building our shed really didnt really take this long! Dont worry, it didnt. I just havent had a chance to sit down and write about it amidst all of our Thanksgiving festivities, preparations for family visiting, and Christmas decorating. As youll recall, after almost a full days work, we finally had our ground leveled and our wood platform built for our shed. We strategically planned to build our 8x5 Lifetime shed on Veterans Day since Mike would have the day off, but the kids would both be in preschool. We were under a ticking time clock five hours of uninterrupted, kid-free work time. Hopefully, we could build the shed before it rained or before we had to leave pick up the kids! We started at 9:30am. The first few steps required simply snapping to...
Product Safety Testing
A visit to the Testing Lab at Lifetime Products is like a scene from the Nutty Professor... robotic arms at work, the sound of weights crashing onto chairs, the smell of strange chemicals.... Slip on your safety glasses-- youll want to see this! Since we rigorously test every single product we manufacture, the testing lab is always bustling. With over 200 products and many more prototypes,our testing lab engineers are constantly whacking, swinging, and smashing-- to make sure each product meets our high standards. All of Lifetimes products are tested for strength and safety-- new designs and redesigns of our products. New designs are tested over and over again, and the testing lab engineering work closely with the design engineers, giving data and feedback that improves the product. Even the most common products undergo thi...
Lifetime Acquires Emotion Kayaks, Creates Water Sports Category
Hold onto your paddles kayak fans because we have some news that is really going to make some waves! As you know, last year Lifetime started manufacturing kayaks and paddleboards. This new product line has been a tremendous success for us and an area where we've seen lots of consumer interest and demand. Today, we are excited to tell you that you can expect to see even more Lifetime kayak models on the market very soon! Why? Because Lifetime has acquired the assets of Pennsylvania-based Emotion Kayaks. Lifetime has agreed to purchase all of Emotion Kayaks assets, including its intellectual property, trademark portfolio, manufacturing equipment, inventory and its retailer contracts. What does that mean to you? Now, kayak products previously distributed by Emotion Kayaks will be manufactured at Lifetimes headquarters and manuf...