Owner David Blake says production of the training platforms has tripled since 2015. The tables are sold primarily online and at trade shows.
“The Klimb is used in about 100 PetSmart stores right now, because PetSmart has recognized the value in platform training and purchased them for its trainers,” Blake said. “But they’re not for sale in PetSmart. We’re growing fast enough right now, to be honest.”
Blue-9 uses key suppliers from Wisconsin and Illinois but assembles and ships its products—both The Klimb and the company’s top-rated dog harness—from a Maquoketa building that Blue-9 purchased last fall.
CIRAS project managers Shankar Srinivasan and John Roberts helped arrange load-bearing tests for The Klimb after Blake attended a CIRAS summit for plastics manufacturers in 2014. CIRAS also helped connect Blake with financial assistance at the Iowa Economic Development Authority.
“CIRAS was an integral part of my overall beginning, period,” Blake said. “You helped me obtain financing, and you helped me a lot with the research and development, as far as verification.”
For more information, contact Shankar Srinivasan at email@example.com or 515-290-6702.