A young Gary Gilbert, raised around manufacturers, discovers a need to mount televisions to walls in hospital rooms and begins building mounts in his family’s Foster City, CA garage. He and then-business partner Charles Westbrook call their new company GCX.
GCX develops a novel vertical wall track system enabling a television to be safely lowered, serviced, and then returned to its position near the ceiling. This wall-mounted solution makes maintenance much simpler and provides enhanced security for the equipment.
GCX establishes its first major partnership with Hewlett Packard Medical Systems, which would later be acquired by Philips Healthcare. The partnership continues to this day.
GCX’s wall track system quickly evolves into healthcare mounting solutions for patient monitors, medical devices, and, eventually, IT equipment. During this year GCX also establishes a partnership with Spacelabs Healthcare.
GCX establishes a major partnership with Marquette Medical systems, which would later be acquired by GE Healthcare, a partnership that remains to this day.
The company relocates from Foster City, CA to a GCX-owned facility with more square footage in Novato, CA.
GCX expands into mobile carts and roll stands, along with their already established wall-mounting systems—providing greater ergonomic adjustability. This also is the first year GCX starts distributing its products worldwide.
GCX celebrates 25 years serving the healthcare industry and moves headquarters to Petaluma, CA in a 38,000 square foot building. Founder Gary Gilbert notes this is “more than we’ll ever need.”
Germany’s TUV certifies GCX as ISO 9001 compliant. This certification solidifies the GCX quality management system and continues to guide us today.
GCX launches its website, www.gcx.com.
The first VHM arm mount is released, followed by the M Series arm mount and then roll stand launches
GCX expands its footprint with its El Paso, TX facility. This manufacturing plant improves logistic services for both the company and partners at GE Healthcare.
A more diverse product line leads to greater use of aluminum die-casting, injection molded plastics, and sheet metal fabrication. Several ongoing supplier relationships form during these development efforts. The company also expands its global footprint and opened a sales office and logistics warehouse in The Netherlands.
GCX establishes a manufacturing plant location in Taiwan, enabling assembly and distribution for the Asian and European markets.
GCX further expands its global footprint with a Japan sales office and logistics warehouse.
The company releases VHM-25™ variable height support arm, a small-profile version of the bestselling VHM™ series of Variable Height Mounts.
GCX’s quality management system receives ISO 13485 certification. This recognition further aligns corporate business processes with the same requirements as the medical device manufacturers GCX serves.
GCX set new standards with the launches of the VHM-P™ and VHM-PL™ adjustable arms to improve cable management, usability, and cleanability.
The company launches its next-generation Fetal Monitoring Workstation that combines fetal monitoring and EMR hardware on a single bedside-cart to consolidate technology and reduce the cart’s overall footprint in the room.
A line of GCX tablet-based mounting solutions hit the market to help healthcare systems incorporate tablet use into clinical workflows, thereby providing greater patient data access at the point of care.