About Gates & Controls
GATES and CONTROLS, INC.
Our Mission, as a wholesale distributor, is to lead the gate
and access control industry by providing the best experience
in sales and technical support to our network of dealers.
Loren and Shawn Tomlinson
Gates and Controls, Inc. was founded in November 1991 by Loren Tomlinson.
Loren originally entered the automated gate industry in 1980 when he formed the
first installation company in the Northwest. The company specialized in the
design, fabrication and installation of gates and gate operators. It grew into
one of the largest and most successful businesses of its kind in the Pacific
By the 1990s the gate operator industry was growing rapidly and Loren's
experience and success with the installation company naturally led him into the
wholesale distribution business, forming Gates and Controls, Inc. He is
currently President of the corporation.
Today the company is focused on supplying stocking dealers and authorized
installers with the latest and most technologically advanced generation of
operators and access control equipment.
The company makes a serious effort to support its growing number of customers
through educational workshops and seminars, Gate Talk, the company newsletter,
and its own publication, Basic Guide to Gate Operators, authored by Shawn
Shawn's experience in the industry is lifelong. Growing up in the installation
business under the guidance of his father provided him with an early
opportunity to experience the business first hand.
Shawn earned his business degree from Western Washington University, and holds
a Commercial/Industrial Journeyman's electrical license and Electrical
Administrator's license for the State of Washington. He is currently Vice
President of Gates and Controls, Inc.