Stout’s BackSaver Grip™
Gains National Distribution
Anchorage, AK -- Stout’s BackSaver Grip™,
a work-saving device that has grown to almost cult-like popularity in
Alaska, has now entered national distribution. The patented ergonomic
grip for long-handled tools is available from Mercantile Buyers Service
of Milwaukee, WI and will begin to reach hardware stores and nurseries
across the U.S. in fall, 2003.
The BackSaver™ is an elevated grip that clamps
onto any long-handled tool to make working with the tool easier while
reducing the strain and fatigue in an individual’s back and shoulders.
It improves the performance of shovels, snow shovels, hoes, rakes, paint
extension poles, tree trimmers and numerous other tools. It also adds
ergonomic efficiency to using a heavy fishing pole, dip net or landing
Stout’s BackSaverGrip™ first appeared in retail
stores in Alaska in 2000. Since then Home Depot, Wal-Mart, B&J Commercial
and dozens of other retail stores there have repeatedly sold out of
inventory. Sales have been strongest in spring and summer, but Alaskans
have found productive use for the Grip in the fall leaf-raking season
and for use on snow shovels during the state’s brutal winters.
“We’re extremely pleased to have MBS spearheading
our drive into stores all across the U.S.,” said David Wilk, national
sales manager. “They’ve been national hardware distributors
for over 30 years and they really know the business. We’re very
gratified that the minute they saw this product, they recognized what
it would do for workers of all kinds and wanted to pass it along to
Stout’s BackSaver Grip™ was designed and
patented by Ron Stout, a diesel mechanic and an avid fisherman living
in Anchorage. He first started tinkering on a device to make it easier
to haul in the abundant salmon in the region, but soon realized this
same concept would be beneficial on any long-handled tool. Friends tried
it and liked it and soon word spread to Alaskan retailers. Stout had
trouble keeping up with the demand.
More tinkering and several design changes evolved into
the current Grip. It sells to retailers in full-color 24-piece case
displays with each unit individually packaged.
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