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Newest Skamper-Ramp® Wins at 2008 International
Pool | Spa | Patio Expo
New Product Pavilion!
Charleston, SC: Skamper-Ramp® dba Skamper Industries LLC,
manufacturer of Skamper-Ramps® , introduced its newest , redesigned
Skamper-Ramp to the pool, spa, and backyard industry at the 2008
International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo in Las Vegas, NV, this
November. The SKR4 will be formally introduced to the pet industry
at the APPA/Global Pet Expo in Orlando, February 2009.
At the IPSPE, the SKR4 received second prize at the New Product
Pavilion’s “Best New Product” for 2008 awards. The 2008
International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo consisted of 627 exhibiting
companies in 2,038 booths. Total attendee attendance was 11,203. The
New Product Pavilion featured 67 of the latest, most innovative
products and hottest industry trends in a direct, non-selling
Show Management notified the first, second and third place winners
on Thursday, November 20 after hundreds of attendees voted for their
favorite products. "The Best New Product award winners demonstrate
that innovation and creativity are thriving in the pool, spa and
backyard marketplace," said Donna Bellantone, Director of the Expo.
“To be selected from attendees of the show is quite an honor."
Skamper Industries, which manufactures the patented, award-winning
ramp for animals, is replacing the original SKR1 Skamper-Ramp with
this latest modified version (SKR4). The redesigned model is now
blowmolded, making it appropriate for regular/everyday use as well
as emergency use by smaller to mid-sized animals. It started being
available to Skamper-Ramp resellers in December, 2008.
Already patented, there is an international patent is pending on the
new design. Skamper-Ramp products are 100% Made-in-the-U.S.A. and
This passive water safety device is designed to help animals get out
of the water more easily because they can do so on their own, 24/7.
Like the Super Skamper-Ramp, introduced a year ago, this new
blowmolded version is a much stronger, higher quality design and
provides a safe, less stressful way for any size pet to exit a pool
or walled pond on a daily basis, rather than just emergency use.
Dedicated to pet safety, the company has continually worked to
improve the design, assembly, versatility and fabrication method of
its water-exit ramps.
According to Jay Waddell, Managing Partner of the company, “because
our new ramp is blowmolded from an extremely robust and durable
plastic, the ramps have an extremely high strength-to-weight ratio
that can now stand up to frequent as well as emergency use.” Both
models are manufactured entirely in the United States, the
fabrication process giving the ramp greater rigidity, buoyancy and
overall higher quality.
Regular and Super Skamper-Ramps are easy to assemble—snapping
together with fewer parts than the original versions. The side wings
are engineered to prevent the ramp from going vertical more than 30
degrees when an animal is climbing out of the water.
Waddell elaborated, saying "one of the most exciting aspects of the
new model is the easy assembly method and the improved strength of
the product. We eliminated all of the nuts and bolts, so now the
only component parts are the rope, D-ring clips and washers used for
installation (as with the original versions)."
The fully assembled regular Skamper-Ramp is still 25” long but the
depth is now 6.5”, providing more surface area to brace against the
vertical wall of the pool/pond. The most significant attribute of
the new design and fabrication method is that the ramp is now
suitable for frequent use, not just as an emergency escape ramp. The
redesigned ramps have increased strength and rigidity and smooth
edges, making them ideal even for vinyl lined pools.
Like the original, it is recyclable, chemical- and UV-resistant
helping to prevent discoloration, mildew or algae buildup, as well
as being cost-effective. It is also still entirely white -- the one
color all living things can see.
Carrie Agnew, a partner of and the Marketing Director for the
company, points out that Skamper-Ramp gives pet owners and animal
lovers another layer of protection for their animals -- providing
them with a way of safeguarding against unnecessary pet-panic in the
water or death due to drowning. Agnew says, “Because the ramps are
now designed for frequent use, water-loving pets can now more easily
get out of the pool as often as they need to.”
She continues, “This is an important attribute we've found to be of
tremendous importance to pet owners. Pets are usually considered
important family members who need the same protection as children."
Skamper Industries is devoted to pet safety and specifically pet
safety in water entrapment. The company is a member of the APPA
(American Pet Products Association), PETA (People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals), and APSP (Association of Pool and Spa
Skamper Industries is proud to add the second place win at the 2008
International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo to the other honors the
product(s) have received over the years, including twice being
honored as one of the “Top 50 Readers Choice Products” by Pool & Spa
Magazine readers, chosen as one of the Top 5 Products at the HH
Backer Spring Pet Show.
Skamper-Ramps are 100% Made-in-the-U.S.A, 100% Green and have been
approved by the American Pet Association (APA).
The APA reviews pet products, testing them for reliability, ease of
use, structural design integrity, durability and actual benefits to
pets and/or their owners. The review is completely unbiased,
allowing consumers to buy those products with the APA Seal of
Approval with confidence.
The ramp is endorsed by veterinarians across the United States and
has been featured on a number of national news and cable television
programs, such as the Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early
Show, HGTV, Animal Planet and, in Australia, on Mornings with
Skamper Industries is owned and headquartered in Mount Pleasant,
South Carolina. Established in 2003, Skamper-Ramp is available
through resellers, e-Tailers and catalogues all over the world. The
firm is dedicated to the safety, health and well-being of all pets
and other animals.
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