A Dayton region corporation that designs, manufactures and installs demonstration kitchens for food and wine activities nationwide is looking to boost staffing by as much as 100% by the finish of 2021.

a man standing in front of a truck: Brett Holdman, left and James Ashworth, look over the KitchenAid Smart Oven display that the c pathe company manufactures. MARSHALL GORBYSTAFF

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Brett Holdman, still left and James Ashworth, glance more than the KitchenAid Good Oven show that the c pathe firm manufactures. MARSHALL GORBYSTAFF

Launched in 2011 by the late Dan Holdeman and the late Louise Epperson, C Pathe obtained its start off as a consulting firm focusing on the in-store working experience, in accordance to Brett Holdeman, the company’s vice president of sales and advertising and marketing.


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“They both experienced backgrounds in the trade demonstrate market,” Holdeman mentioned. “They discovered retail show makers almost never furnished the level of brand name immersion and aim on support that are hallmarks in the trade display business.”

By integrating the expertise of their customer’s solutions and promoting initiatives, the pair found they could provide far more than just a system or shelf to hold a products, he explained. They were being equipped to make a constant in-keep knowledge all-around it.

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C Pathe has due to the fact develop into an conclusion-to-finish provider company.

“‘Conceive. Express. Change.’ is our corporation tagline,” Holdeman stated. “We provide planning, style, management, manufacturing, logistics assistance, electronic integration and program upkeep to supply award-successful in-store activities, particular occasion activations and trade demonstrate courses.”

The company employs 17 full-time crew members. If projections stay precise, there is likely to boost staffing by 50% to 100% by year’s finish, Holdeman stated.

The biggest modern obstacle dealing with the corporation has been the similar 1 facing quite a few others: the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our solutions are advertising and marketing driven,” Holdeman said. “With the uncertainty relating to the pandemic’s length, shifting authorities polices and worry pertaining to personnel and purchaser security, marketing budgets ended up frozen or considerably reduce.”

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In March 2020, for the duration of the pandemic’s remain-at-residence period of time, C Pathe’s administration crew satisfied just about day by day, figuring out things had been heading to seem distinctive when they were ready to get back again to get the job done, he mentioned. They envisioned what may be various and commenced to brainstorm how they could add to issues opening again up.

“We ended up in a position to occur up with an first line of COVID partition products and solutions and in excess of a number of months, with input from numerous community places to eat and colleges, we had been capable to refine those concepts that authorized increased ability and additional security in higher-density regions, Holdeman stated.

The company’s bar partitions and booth again dividers are in dining establishments and university cafeterias throughout the Dayton space, such as Centerville, Dayton General public and Kettering school district, he stated. Despite the fact that the income made from the revenue of individuals merchandise was a portion of C Pathe’s ordinary items and products and services, it has been equipped to “tread water” and preserve all of its staff members in a position, Holdeman mentioned.

C Pathe’s eyesight for the upcoming five a long time involves an intense development method that involves leveraging its full suite of companies into new and adjacent markets while at the exact time rising business enterprise in just its mounted foundation of faithful consumers, he said.

“In the previous 6 months, we have engaged and successfully executed courses with much more new prospects running in many new markets that we historically have not participated in,” Holdeman said.

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