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Have you ever set a really difficult goal? We have. Our goal is to earn The Shingo Prize. “The Shingo Prize,” you say? The Shingo Prize is awarded to organizations that demonstrate a culture where principles of operational excellence are deeply embedded into the thinking and behavior of all leaders, managers, and associates. So, what’s the “big deal?” What makes this Shingo Prize so important?  The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence is a non-profit organization housed at Utah State University and named after Japanese engineer Shigeo Shingo.  Dr. Shingo is one of the world’s foremost leaders in concepts, management systems, and improvement techniques that have become known as the Toyota Business System, originally implemented by Toyota.  The goal of The Shingo Prize is ... More

A while ago, we shared on this blog that Lifetime was adding a new Health and Wellness category. Health and Wellness is a category of products designed to, well, keep you healthy and well. This Health and Wellness category now offers a complete line of products called Grabcessories™. Grabcessories™ are safety grab bars mixed with beautifully designed bathroom fixtures. They’re designed to be attractive so your bathroom won’t look like a hospital, and they come in two finishes: Chrome and Brushed Nickel. These grab bars help with limited mobility while in the bathroom. There is a bar for each area where extra safety might be needed. For example, we have a bar that “wraps” around the tub or shower faucet, providing stability when showering or a place to grab hold when entering or exitin... More

If there’s one thing we love at Lifetime, it’s food.  Let’s be honest here … who doesn’t?! So earlier this summer, employees started growing their own gardens for fresh produce, including some right here at Lifetime! But the hard work put into growing veggies isn’t where all the fun is. It’s in the eating. So for two months, we've been hosting our very own Farmers Market. Every Tuesday from August till September 25, Lifetime employees have been exchanging produce with each other during our Harvest Exchange. We’ve seen gorgeous peppers, corn, tomatoes, lettuce, kale, and just about anything else you can imagine.  The best part about this, is all the food that hasn’t been picked up by employees has been donated to the local Food Bank to benefit members of our com... More

After several months of construction, we are excited to announce our Lifetime Store in St. George, Utah is officially open for business!  This morning we held the official ribbon cutting ceremony and we’ll be celebrating with our Grand Opening event this entire week.  If you’re in the St. George area, be sure to stop by our Grand Opening because we have a lot going on that you won’t want to miss…  radio remote broadcasts, contests, prizes, face painting, balloon artist, refreshments, and lots of fun products to see!  Plus, we’ll also be giving away a Lifetime kayak, youth paddleboard, and an Ace Flyer Teeter-Totter. Of course it wouldn’t be a Grand Opening without some sales too - including $500 off the new Lifetime Double Slide Deluxe Playset! Stop by today through Sa... More

This summer’s semi-annual company meeting was a brand new experience for me.  Over past years here at Lifetime, all employees have had the opportunity to hear about the progress and state of the company.  And since Lifetime is a privately-owned company, it’s important that the employees are directly involved!  What was amazing was the opening part of the meeting where we saw how the company has been featured and showcased in public relations this year. From a spotlight on The Price is Right where our kayaks were a showcase prize, to the local news where the work done in our metals and plastics factories took the front stage, to our service project at the Utah State University Botanical Center, and so much more.  I could see that we definitely made waves this year!  And these fea... More

Once a year, Lifetime employees volunteer time to serve our communities around us. With the work we did at the Utah State University Botanical Center this year, it got some of our employees thinking. And not just thinking….oh no!  It was a surge of excitement! The excitement became contagious and a small group of employees pooled their teamwork to start their own vegetable garden in a small concrete garden box in front of their building. After buying the necessary plants and soil, everything was planted. And as of today, the tomatoes vines are climbing high, and even the crisp jalapeño peppers are already on the stems! I'm pretty sure my mouth was actually watering when I saw it. But even that’s not the end of it. Because of their group work to grow fresh vegetables right at work, that passion for... More

We all know that smoking is not good for our health. But, sometimes we pick up habits that aren’t good for us. Well, I’d like to tell you about a few Lifetime employees who have taken a huge step to improve their lives by quitting tobacco... and something big that came from it. At Lifetime, we care about our employees' health.  As part of our preventive health care programs for employees, a few months ago, we held an internal “quit tobacco” campaign so Lifetime employees who wanted to quit tobacco could attend Lunch ‘N Learns with the Davis County Health Department. Each week, they would meet to discuss their struggles and ways to help quit tobacco. From this, three of our employees were able to kick their habit and quit smoking! What an accomplishment! Because of their ... More

Just when you think things couldn’t possibly get better…they do!  Lifetime is now one of seven businesses actively participating in the Utah Industrial Energy Efficiency Program (UIEEP). The program, which was initiated to help industrial customers increase their efforts in energy efficiency, has already seen massive energy savings.  And that’s not only great news for Lifetime, but for the members of our community. UIEEP is already taking leaps and bounds to encourage businesses to reduce their energy intensity and emissions, provide training and technical assistance as companies like Lifetime apply energy-saving efforts, and give credit for energy efficiency successes that maximize performance. As those who know us well can testify, Lifetime has been dedicated to the environment and our ab... More

May 5, 2012 was not only Cinco de Mayo but also a big day here at Lifetime Products. More than 900 of my fellow Lifetime co-workers and I had the opportunity to give back to our community by participating in Lifetime’s 7th Annual Community Service Project. This year, we helped clean and beautify the Utah State University Botanical Center in Kaysville, Utah. After initial groundwork preparation by over 75 employees on Friday evening, 880 employees arrived in florescent yellow shirts (looking like tennis balls from afar) armed with gardening tools on Saturday morning and got to work by removing debris, rocks, and weeds; planting flowers, grass and trees; cleaning ponds; painting fences, bridges and gates and spreading bark to help beautify and improve the center's 1,000 acre grounds, gardens, and facilities for... More

You need a check-up with your doctor.  So, you wait on the phone to make an appointment that ends up getting scheduled several days later. You take time off work... drive across town... sit in the waiting room... see the doctor... and drive back to work.  Sometimes it can be a half-day adventure for even the simplest of doctor appointments. Sound familiar? Lifetime knows that trying to figure out how to squeeze a medical appointment into work schedules and school schedules can be almost impossible sometimes.  So, we decided to make it more convenient for our employees and their families to get medical care.  How?  We opened the Lifetime Health Clinic right at our factory!  Now our employees can make an appointment and simply walk a short distance to see a doctor right where they work.... More

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New Basketball Height Adjustment Mechanisms
Since our beginning in 1986, Lifetime has revolutionized the sporting goods industry by inventing the first basketball system that could be adjusted in seconds. Today, Lifetime is the world leading manufacturer of residential basketball systems and continues to bring new, innovative products to the market. We are excited to tell you about two new height adjustment mechanisms for our basketball systems. The first is the Front Adjust. As its name suggests, this adjustment mechanism allows you to adjust the height of your basketball pole from the front of the basketball system, instead of from behind. With this convenient new location, there is no need to walk around to the back of the system, and it is easier for people of all ages and heights to adjust their basketball hoop. It has a two-handed grip that easily allows you to ...
Angled or Straight Basketball Poles?
On occasion, I have been asked whether I prefer a straight or an angled pole when selecting a portable basketball system. At first glance, an angled pole may appear to have performance or safety advantages, but when looked at from an engineers perspective, some deeper insights can be gained. I sat down with one of Lifetimes head engineers to discuss why Lifetime chooses to use straight basketball poles on our systems. Ed has been an engineer at Lifetime Products since 1993 and has played a large role in developing our basketball systems over the years. Here are some of his insights on angled vs. straight basketball systems. Are basketball systems with an angled pole less likely to tip over than ones with a vertical pole? The stability of a portable system has to do with the weight of the backboard and the weight of the ba...
Lifetime's CFO Named a Utah CFO of the Year
We have great news! Mark Whiting, chief financial officer of Lifetime Products Inc, was named a CFO of the Year in the June issue of Utah Business Magazine (read all about it).Whiting was recognized for his 22-year contribution in building a recession-proof company, and a company that has become an international player in the sporting goods and outdoor products industry. The first time youmeet Mark Whiting, youare surprised by his genuine warmth.He laughs often, listens attentively, andusually refers to himself as a bean-counter. When asked about being nominated for the Utah Business CFO of the Year Award, he bursts into laughter (I experienced that one myself).Though hewould not say he deserves this award, the growing numbers speak for themselves Last year, Lifetime: Experienced an annual revenue higher than any record...