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Sunday, March 19, 2023

Be grateful for problems? Why?

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John Gates was an American industrialist and founder of the Gates Rubber Company in Denver, Colorado. Born on September 3, 1855, in Vergennes, Vermont, Gates grew up on a farm and began his career as a traveling salesman. In 1911, he founded the Gates Rubber Company, which became a leading manufacturer of industrial rubber products.

Gates was known for his management style, which emphasized efficiency and cleanliness. He insisted that desks be cleared at the end of each day and that the factory floors be kept spotless. He also believed in empowering his employees and encouraged them to take ownership of their work.

Gates was also known for his optimistic attitude towards challenges. He frequently said, "Problems are just opportunities in working clothes." This philosophy helped him navigate the challenges of starting and growing a successful business.

John Gates passed away on August 9, 1920, but his legacy lives on through the Gates Rubber Company, which continues to be a leading manufacturer of industrial rubber products.


Over the years, the company has diversified and expanded its product offerings. Today, the Gates Corporation is a global leader in the production of power transmission belts and fluid power products for a wide range of industries, including automotive, industrial, and oil and gas.

The company's product portfolio includes timing belts, serpentine belts, hydraulic hoses and couplings, and other fluid power products. They have also expanded their reach into digital solutions, offering connected products and services that help customers optimize their operations and reduce downtime.

Gates Corporation is headquartered in Denver, Colorado, and has operations in over 30 countries worldwide. Despite its evolution over the years, the company still carries the name of its founder, John Gates, and continues to uphold his legacy of innovation, efficiency, and problem-solving.

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