OSAGE CITY—Garrett’s Fireworks is completing its move from the former location north of Lyndon, to its new warehouse in Osage City. The business settled into the new location with a product display for top clients – also known as a fireworks show.
“We have wholesale customers that come from all parts of the country,” said Eric Garrett, owner. “We had people from California, Pennsylvania and everywhere in between.”
The display included introductions, descriptions and demonstrations of Garrett’s top-tier items. Each item was fired off individually, followed by a three-minute finale.
“They select the product and we ship it out of Osage City now,” Garrett said.
The products are Garrett’s own brands of fireworks.
“We design and develop our own product in China,” he said. “Anything with a Little Patriot (novelty items) and Grand Patriot logo comes from here. The bigger stuff Saturday night, that was all Grand Patriot.”
Garrett said he travels to China four times a year to oversee production from the company’s business office on the other side of the Pacific.
“It warrants a lot of my time,” Garrett said.
The sales season kicks off with the annual demonstration.
“We do it once a year,” Garrett said. “Every year on the last weekend of April. We might increase it to a two-day event.”
The additional day would be geared to reach more clients.
“The industry is very competitive,” Garrett said. “We have other people that had to make the choice between us and another company. We’re keeping all options open. We definitely want to grow the business.
“We’ve really enjoyed working with the city and the officials here,” Garrett said. “I like their progressive desire to bring in business. That’s exactly why we chose Osage City. It’s been a real pleasure so far. We’re fully up, underway and going.”
The move has been quick, just in time for the summer fireworks season.
“We’ve only officially moved in about two weeks ago,” Garrett said. “We’re still in the process of moving inventory over here. This will be the first season we ship out of Osage City.”
They’ve wasted no time settling in.
“We have our first truck shipment going out (Tuesday),” Garrett said. “We had our first container from China arrive here about a week ago.”
With the growing business and increased space, Garrett looks for his staff to grow as well.
“We have four full time employees, and we have half a dozen part time employees,” Garrett said. “Both of those numbers will grow as we get established and get cranking over here.”
Growth is also a seasonal thing in the fireworks industry.
“During the Fourth of July, we have, essentially, hundreds of employees,” Garrett said. “We have retail operations in Kansas, Missouri, Louisiana, Wisconsin and Arizona.”
Garrett said the business has immediate full and part-time openings, and looks to continue to increase staff as it grows.
“I think the sky is the limit,” he said. “With this building, and the ability to grow, we’re going to need more people to keep moving forward.”