Local business offers solution to common and potentially dangerous problem
For Lafayette man Felix Dorante, he said when people think of a slip and fall issue, whether it be in a home or at a business, he wants them to think of GripOn.
Dorante has led GripOn for a little over a year now. The company specializes in treating floors to make them non-slip.
“You want to have your team go home in a safer way than how they came to work,” Dorante said. “Safety is a number one priority.”
“There’s a lot of education to be done in our business,” Dorante said. “The common denominator doesn’t know this type of solution exists.”
The solution can be applied to virtually every kind of floor surface, and raises the coefficient of friction of the surface, making a safer surface to walk on when wet.
Dorante, who is half Venezuelan and half Italian, moved to Lafayette in 2015 while he was working in the oil industry. He’s previously worked in California and Columbia, as well as in the Middle East. After moving to Lafayette, Dorante said he and his family quickly identified with the culture.
“Lafayette offers a great place to raise a family,” said Dorante, who has two young sons.
Dorante said he also wanted to stay in Lafayette to help develop the west side of the territory for GripOn, which covers most of the Southeast region of America.
Dorante also leads the company with two other partners, Roberto Navarro who is stationed in Florida, and Leonardo Chavez, who currently lives in Paris. Dorante said shortly after starting GripOn in Lafayette, the company rapidly partnered with Tough Grip, a Florida based company that also specialized in slip and fall prevention.
For more information, visit GripOn’s website at https://www.griponusa.com/ or call their Lafayette location at 337-704-7482.