Countdown to Medtrade

Thursday, August 11, 2011

TOPSHAM, Maine – Pride Mobility will be there. Philips Respironics will be there. Brightree will be there. And so will…Grampa's Garden?

When all the big manufacturers get together at Medtrade in Atlanta, smaller companies also get to enjoy the national exposure that the show offers.

At least that's been the case for Grampa's Garden, a comparatively small operation out of Topsham, Maine, that makes hot and cold therapy products and weighted products, the majority of which are hand-sewn.

The company has grown from a craft show favorite to an international hit, and Vice President Patty Ames gives a lot of the credit for its recent growth in the medical field to Medtrade, which the company has attended for the past five years.

"We love Medtrade," said Ames. "It's huge national exposure."

Grampa's Garden's most popular items among HME providers: the Body Shawl, Joint/Neck Pac, Thera-Pac, Hand Mitt and Lumbar Pac. Children's items, like the Teddy Pac, are also popular.

New to Medtrade this year: a fabric called Simply Cool that offers a cooling effect without chemicals: just add water, wring it out and snap it. It comes in a compression wrap, skull cap and two sizes of "cool wraps."

President Jacqueline Painchaud started Grampa's Garden 18 years ago. The name comes from herb-infused oils she used to make from herbs grown in her father's (known by her children as Grampa) garden.

Most of the company's products are sold through retailers, although Grampa's Garden does have a catalog, a website and a small store within its manufacturing facility.

Painchaud brings every item the company manufactures to Medtrade, along with a microwave to demonstrate the soothing heat several of them offer.

"Medically, heat is very important," said Painchaud.

Painchaud worked as a physical therapist before starting Grampa's Garden and uses her knowledge of muscles and pressure points to make the company's products as effective as possible.

"It's gratifying to know that we are helping people," said Painchaud.