Gateway Ticketing Systems Inc. may have outgrown its corporate headquarters site in Boyertown but it didn’t stop the company from deciding to stay in Berks County and open a new facility. The site has 86 employees, with room to grow to 120 employees and extra land for further expansion.
Gateway built a larger and more modern facility in neighboring Colebrookdale Township and officials marked the occasion with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday.
“In Boyertown, that office could easily had fit into this conference room,” said Michael Andre, president and CEO of Gateway. “We have a new home we can finally call our own.”
The $7 million building is a 42,000-square-foot, two-story structure on 24.5 acres with modern architectural features and amenities that include dual electric-car charging stations, 300-gallon saltwater aquarium, fitness room, large cafeteria offering free drinks, motorcycle parking and indoor bike storage.
The site also offers plenty of large windows for natural light and has multiple updated workstations, conference spaces, collaborative spaces and private offices.
The company, which celebrated a groundbreaking for the project in July 2013, delivers ticketing technology solutions for entertainment venues, passenger transportation companies and nonprofit organizations nationally and globally, with 300 million Gateway tickets sold annually. The company’s software can be found operating in 42 nations; customers include Hershey Park, Crayola Experience in Easton and the San Diego Zoo.
Gateway leaders touted its employees as a main source of the company’s success as it marked its 26th year in business.
“We all have that feeling of renewal and renewed energy,” said Peter Grumblatt, founder. “It came from you. It’s going to take us to our expansion.”
Grumblatt said the new headquarters is attracting new businesses to Berks County, and the company’s move is rippling out into the community and benefiting the local economy.
“The economy is the one thing that ties us all together,” said state Sen. Bob Mensch. “We all benefit when the economy expands and grows.”
As an example, Mensch pointed to the local contractors that Gateway used for the project: 46 are from Pennsylvania.
Hollenbach Construction Inc. of Boyertown built the design-build project while Muhlenberg Greene Architects Ltd. of Reading designed the exterior and Ludgate Engineering Corp., also of Reading, was the engineering firm.
Funding came from M&T Bank and the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority.
The Greater Berks Development Fund in Reading helped facilitate and guide Gateway in acquiring the loan from PIDA.
Andre said Nina Bohn, chief financial officer of Gateway, served as the project lead. He said Bohn oversaw the construction phase of the project and convinced the company that it could financially take on the project.
The site overlooks Route 100 and is accessed from County Line Road near the border with Gilbertsville.