One of the first things people ask me is, why Gloves?
Grant Staples here, the CEO and Founder, coating formulator and all round Glove lover from The Glove Company Global Group.
Well that’s a good question; It wasn’t so much gloves but something my father instilled in me from an early age. With a genuine kiwi spirit of self-reliance, there is nothing you cannot achieve!
Growing up in a little country town on the outskirts of Palmerston North. On the bus before dawn every morning, off to Palmerston North Boys High school. I thought the old man was bonkers. How could getting up early to go to school achieve anything? Yep I was just as naive as any teenager. Looking at the countryside from the bus window and thinking how could anyone do anything from a small town in New Zealand?
And so I signed up to be an engineer at the local engineering firm after school. My years there instilled in me a unique understanding of how and why things work the way they do. But still largely having the attention span of a 13 year old boy, it was time to move on.
A short time later, I ended up involved in the coating industry starting my first business at the age of 22 in Palmerston North. Boy did I have a lot to learn! The list of mistakes was many times longer than the successes, but slowly I got better at it.
After nearly 20 years in this industry and a good deal of time learning more overseas and in between starting another 3 successful businesses, whilst mastering both selling and formulating coatings, I discovered GLOVES.
This compelling industry just happened to need the skills that I had a passion for; Engineering, Design and Coating Formulations.
And so Dad’s unbroken mantra “you can do anything you want son” from many years ago came to the fore. Gloves became my driving passion, designing and manufacturing the best gloves in the world was my sole purpose.
So The Glove Company was born, of course what else would we call it!
I’m proud to work together with a great group of people who all love a challenge and share the same love of Gloves, because I sure can’t do it alone!
CEO, Founder and all round Glove Guru!