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COVID has changed the Pinball industry

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GAD adapts and expands across the Midwest

(Omaha, NE  November 17, 2020) With the continuing isolation and work from home imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic more and more people are repurposing space into home game rooms and arcades. This has caused a shortage of arcade games across the country. Greater America Distributing (GAD) is uniquely positioned to answer the demand.

Mike Dobel and Larry Bailey, owners of Greater America Distributing (GAD), are expanding personnel to meet the new demands.  With a number of recent retirements, Andy Dobel is welcomed as a new partner.  Armed with an outside perspective, Andy sees expanding opportunities in the markets they serve as the pandemic continues to heavily impact people’s lives, especially in the sales and service of arcade and pinball games for the home.

After a 16-year career in the railroad industry, Andy brings a new outlook to the distributor side of vending and games.  “Our role in our customer’s success has never been more important.  We strive to ensure we provide all the resources and expertise necessary to keep our line of products performing their best,” says Andy Dobel.  A strong background in logistics and customer service gives the younger Dobel a uniquely positioned skill set to slide into his new role quickly.

Homebound families are constantly looking for a fun break. This includes quick competition between people either in the same household or anywhere in the world.  “One of my goals is to provide unique remote gameplay to engage everyone in the family,” says Mike Dobel. “Many of our games come configured to connect via the internet to allow remote head-to-head or team competitions. With competition play in mind, we stock games for all ages.”

With the increase in demand, the industry is experiencing a strain on supply. “Thanks to our long standing relationship with the pinball manufacturers we are able to keep a large number of game titles in stock in the face of increased demand,” according to Bailey.  “GAD is also able to outfit any home with a complete game room from online darts and Golden Tee to pinball and even the nostalgic Multicade consoles featuring Pacman, Galaga, Space Invaders and dozens more.”

With offices and warehouses in Omaha, Des Moines and Kansas City, GAD is able to stock new and used equipment and parts. Our sales and service departments are working at full staff to keep our essential commercial operating at peak efficiencies while taking on the new residential demands. Curbside pickup is available for all our equipment and parts.

Hands Free Pinball: Creative Thinking…

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May not be for every player but a bit of creative thinking makes this vintage pinball game hands free.



Should you buy a new Stern Pinball Machine?

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Stern Pinball’s EVP and Chief Creative Officer George Gomez takes us on a behind the scenes look into the SPIKE™ electronics hardware system! Complementing the immersive themes and exciting gameplay experiences of Stern Pinball machines, Stern Pinball’s powerful SPIKE™ electronics hardware system enables high-definition graphics and innovative animations. SPIKE™ reduces system complexity and energy usage, resulting in enhanced reliability and simplified servicing.

Ask questions on operations, pricing and inventory availability at GAD Vending. Sales and service in Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska.

Stern Pinball Factory Virtual Tour

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Take a look behind the scenes at the Stern Pinball Factory in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Best ever filmed! Host Jack Danger of Dead Flip Pinball Streaming on Twitch shows you how we make pinball machines from scratch here in the worlds largest pinball factory! This content was originally shown LIVE on Twitch for the 2020 Chicago Pinball Expo.



Stern Pinball Announces Mask Sales Proceeds to Charitable Causes

Stern Pinball Announces Mask Sales Proceeds to Charitable Causes 1000 1000 Gad Vending
As Stern Army locations and other establishments worldwide ease back into reopening, it’s necessary for all employers and players to practice safe habits while working and playing.
Facilities are opening in a careful and measured way to ensure a safe environment for all guests and staff and Stern wants to support those efforts by providing these additional safety measures in the form of these masks. Stern will donate a portion of the proceeds directly to the AMOA Coin-Op Cares Education and Charitable Foundation and to the AAMA American Amusement Machine Charitable Foundation.
  •  Features 3 layers of cotton with polyester front
  •  Comfortable and easy to breathe through
  •  A portion of the proceeds will go directly to charity
  •  Artwork by Josh Clay
FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING on all orders over $50!

Fox News: Coronavirus leads to spike in pinball popularity

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From Fox News: 

Pinball machines have become a popular pastime as more people look for non-conventional forms of at-home entertainment in the midst of the pandemic.

And with additional pocket money to spare this year due to the reduction in traditional expenditures like travel or dining out, pinball machine sales have surged amongst first-time buyers.

As the largest manufacturing pinball makers in the world, Stern Pinball has been a direct beneficiary of the upswing. The Chicago-based company has grown five-fold over the course of the pandemic, with its current backlog orders at record levels.

“It’s a challenge to entertain everybody when your options of going out have been removed,” board member, owner and Vice Chairman and EVP of Stern Pinball, Inc. Dave Peterson told FOX Business. “People quarantined at home are looking to entertain their families, and pinball is a terrific way to do that. Now our real challenge as a company is to scale our manufacturing up in order to work off those backlogs and meet that demand.”

Read the entire article here. 

Hot Wheels Review

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Last Chance: Black Knight Sword of Rage Pinball

Last Chance: Black Knight Sword of Rage Pinball 650 650 Gad Vending

Featuring a custom sculpted, interactive, and multi-functional Black Knight bash toy, players go to battle directly against the Black Knight while rocking to a legacy sound package composed and performed by Scott Ian of Anthrax with Brendon Small, adrenalizing the audio experience for players on their pinball quest.  Includes custom speech by Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies.

For pricing, more information, call GAD Vending.


Straight Down the Middle: Avengers Infinity Quest

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Another exciting review on the new Stern Pinball title Avengers: Infinity Quest.

GAD Vending knows Pinball! We are happy to share locations to go play Stern Pinball. What games we have in stock or quick ship programs. Let you know pricing for a pinball game, pick up/delivery and tax. GAD Vending is very proud to be a long standing distributor of Stern Pinball.

As We Open Up – New Cleaning Standards For Your Equipment

As We Open Up – New Cleaning Standards For Your Equipment 1707 2560 Gad Vending

While many of our vending machines, digital music and ATMs have been located in essential business – many of our customers are just opening up.

Don’t go it alone! Harsh chemicals will destroy graphics and parts. If you’ve been open during the pandemic, you should be using these guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting your equipment. If something is not addressed here, please contact GAD Vending for manufacturer recommendations for cleaning.

For all our route provides, end users, maintenance crews and service personnel – here are articles and video on the new level of COVID cleaning standards.


3 Ways Vending Is Providing Safer Retail – The Social Distancing Hero

How to Clean Your Crane Vending Machine: Daily Cleaning and Disinfecting

3 Additional Ways Owner/Operators Can Keep Their Machines COVID Clean

Vending Machines – A Controlled, Safe Method to Provide Food and Beverages to Consumers – Part II



New! Hyosung ATM Disinfection Kits Coming Soon


Starting Up Your AMI Jukebox Post-Pandemic