In March 2020, we were hard at work building our live events company, Toss Up Events. A homegrown, family business, Toss Up produced fun, large-scale events all around the country. Then the Coronavirus hit, costing us over $3 Million in revenue overnight. It was a crushing blow that forced us to stop all operations immediately and furlough our 13 employees.
At home with our two toddlers those first few weeks, it felt like we were down for the count. While out for stroller walks around the neighborhood, we started thinking… How can we get our people back to work? What could we contribute to the world that could help people connect and feel safe to gather again? How can we stand up to Covid and help others do the same?
How can we stand up to COVID and help others do the same?
We realized sanitizing products would be a huge part of this strange new world we found ourselves. But we noticed how most sanitizing products were low quality and lacked options for customization, something Toss Up specialized in.
And so, Stand Up Stations was born.
We began designing and manufacturing customizable hand sanitizer stations to help businesses reopen safely and display something they could be proud of.
Eight months later, we’ve sold over 40,000 sanitizer stations. They can be found at airports, NFL stadiums, and thousands of offices, restaurants, salons and schools across the country. The stands are made in Dallas, TX and can be shipped nationwide.
We’ve been extremely blessed to be able to keep our employees working and create new jobs in our community. We hope that by sharing our story we can inspire other family businesses as they plan for their comeback in 2021.
Products & Services
We offer premium sanitizer, touchless dispensers, and American-made stands for businesses, schools, and other gathering spaces. Our customers appreciate the high quality and custom branding options. While many sanitizing products are an eyesore to locations or break easily, Stand Up Stations products are attractive, durable, and easy to use.
We manufacture our standard, premium, and deluxe stands right in our headquarters in Irving, TX. These station packages are designed to be durable and attractive so they’ll look great and stand up to long term use. All of our in-house manufactured products also offer custom branding at no extra charge.
For packages that offer custom branding, customers can utilize our complimentary design services or send over completed artwork for high-quality, vinyl-printed images. Or for a more flexible option, our standard station offers a replaceable frame that can be easily changed out for updated designs such as menus or seasonal artwork.
We strive to “do unto others” by offering the high level of customer service we’d like to receive. Customers can reach us during business hours by phone at 800-413-9490 and talk to a friendly human, or by email at [email protected]. We can provide a special quote for a bulk order here, or we do our best to accommodate any other special requests via our phone, email, or contact form.
When Covid-19 hit, it seemed hopeless for our business. But with hard work, perseverance and a little time, a terrible circumstance turned into an amazing opportunity. We feel for the businesses and workers who have been hit hard by the virus, and subsequent shutdowns, and hope to be an ally to help others find their fresh start.
Help American Businesses Stand Up
For new startups or businesses struggling to reopen or stay open, Stand Up Stations is committed to supporting growth and rebirth. As passionate entrepreneurs, we love doing our part to help business owners flourish.
Create Jobs and Support Employee Safety
Between those who have lost their jobs or those facing high risk by going to work, the pandemic has been a huge challenge for American workers. We work to create safe work environments so more Americans can go back to work safely and stay healthy.
Alex Carroll, Co-Founder
Co-founder of Stand Up Stations, Toss Up Events, and a slew of other business ventures, Alex is a born entrepreneur. After launching a film production company and working in commercial real estate, he started Toss Up Events, an experiential marketing company that builds tailgate experiences for brands and professional sports teams.
When the pandemic hit and put all events on hold, Alex and his wife Kelsey took a chance and launched Stand Up Stations, manufacturing and selling customizable hand sanitizer stations to businesses, schools, and venues. Alex, a Dallas native, doesn’t read books or listen to music but does love a good batch of chips and salsa. He and his wife Kelsey spend any free time they have chasing after their two toddlers, Max (2) and Ava (1).
Kelsey Carroll, Co-Founder
Prior to founding Stand Up Stations, Kelsey worked in advertising for Hewlett Packard Enterprise for five years. When she met Alex at Georgetown University ten years ago, she caught the entrepreneurial bug and she has been Alex’s secret weapon ever since. Kelsey is originally from Long Island, NY and now lives in Dallas, TX with Alex and their two children, Max (2) and Ava (1).