Graco: A Chilly Inspiration
The company produced its first paint pump in 1948 and developed the airless sprayer in 1957. This tool revolutionized exterior painting and made Graco a name familiar to every pro painter and many a DIYer. Today Graco makes equipment for a wide range of industries. Its products pump fluids into cars, apply foam insulation to walls and dispense composite resins into molds?they even pump tomato sauce onto pizzas.
Ames Tools: Older Than the U.S.
President Lincoln personally asked Oakes Ames (son of Captain Ames) to supply shovels for the Union cause during the Civil War. During WWII, Ames produced armored tank plating, shell casings and 11 million of those familiar folding entrenching tools. In 1928, Ames shovels proved themselves invaluable on Richard E. Byrd's expedition to the South Pole. Now, after 240 years, you'll still find Ames shovels anywhere DIYers dig.
HANDy Paint Pail
Success with a simple solution: In 2001, Mark Bergman's hand was tired of holding a paint container, so he rigged up a coffee can with a duct tape handle. It became the prototype for the HANDy Paint Pail, which is now used by do-it-yourselfers nation wide. Ingenuity in action!