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From The Beginning, The Story Of How Tac-Tote Was Created

When I first came home from an almost ten year stay in the state of Hawaii I was fortunate enough to land a job at a Nuclear Power Plant located in Southern Vermont. I had a high school education and a few years in the United States Marine Corps working in a field that didn’t really give me many options to choose from in the civilian world. The options given to me at that time by my military career planner consisted of Law Enforcement, Construction, or a Non professional truck driver. None of which I had any interest in. Being

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The Great Magnet Search

The terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11th, 2001 brought massive attention to this nation’s Nuclear Power Industry. Millions upon millions of dollars were spent over a period of years to increase the overall safety of the power plants in this country which in large part meant increasing all things security. Responder positions that were once at times limited to objects such as a random I-Beam located in a building or even the corner of a specific wall have been morphed into legitimate ballistically protected responder positions that we could fight from. Defensive strategies became more robust, manpower

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Who would manufacture my products?

While I was in California meeting with my soon to be magnet supplier, I was also able to meet with a small time one person manufacturer that I was made aware of from a friend who had some work done by him. I was looking to get some prototypes made of the Tac-Tote product with decent quality at a decent price. After some chatting with this very interesting fellow I was confident that even with his limited equipment and current state in life, he would be capable of making my prototypes and maybe even do some production if he proved

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There’s that word again………No.

I was hip deep into the process of trying to figure out everything that needed to be accomplished before I would announce to the world the existence of the Tac-Tote product line. It dawned on me that what I needed to do was to get some sort of validation of my product idea. The best way to do this, so I thought, was obvious, ask someone in the Nuclear Security Industry if they thought that there was a need for such products. Would they see the vision or value in the concept? At the time I had also been designing

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Manufacturer Found

After searching around for quite some time attempting to locate a manufacturer that would be able to work with me, I happened across a website that looked fairly promising for the little guy. There are far too many websites out there boasting about being available for the little guy who has a very limited budget. I was very hopeful yet equally skeptical that this company only an hour away would be any different than those who had previously turned me down. I fired off my usual email and was pleasantly surprised when I received a reply within the same hour.

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LENCO or bust!

It was a simple decision to make. I needed to get my foot in the door of the company that makes the Bearcat armored vehicle. We at the time used the Lenco Bearcat in our defensive strategy to protect the power plant which I worked at. It was simple because not only did we use them, but their manufacturer was only about an hours drive from my home town. Given the nature of securing a nuclear power plant, taking images of anything on that property, never mind aspects of security, was absolutely forbidden. I thought that if I could manage

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The First Years Travels with the Tac-Tote Truck.

As an inventor of products, a moniker in which I claim in writing with great anxiety and hesitation, I have learned that it is astronomically difficult to create something from nothing. Creating a product is simple however creating a product that would be accepted as a viable and desirable one by its intended target market is incredibly difficult. Add to that equation a target market which has been saturated with existing products and procedures dictating how to use them, and you’ll get just a minute understanding of the challenges that lay before me. This article is not being written to

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From The Beginning, The Story Of How Tac-Tote Was Created

When I first came home from an almost ten year stay in the state of Hawaii I was fortunate enough to land a job at a Nuclear Power Plant located in Southern Vermont. I had a high school education and a few years in the United States Marine Corps working in a field that didn’t really give me many options to choose from in the civilian world. The options given to me at that time by my military career planner consisted of Law Enforcement, Construction, or a Non professional truck driver. None of which I had any interest in. Being

Read More »

The Great Magnet Search

The terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11th, 2001 brought massive attention to this nation’s Nuclear Power Industry. Millions upon millions of dollars were spent over a period of years to increase the overall safety of the power plants in this country which in large part meant increasing all things security. Responder positions that were once at times limited to objects such as a random I-Beam located in a building or even the corner of a specific wall have been morphed into legitimate ballistically protected responder positions that we could fight from. Defensive strategies became more robust, manpower

Read More »

Who would manufacture my products?

While I was in California meeting with my soon to be magnet supplier, I was also able to meet with a small time one person manufacturer that I was made aware of from a friend who had some work done by him. I was looking to get some prototypes made of the Tac-Tote product with decent quality at a decent price. After some chatting with this very interesting fellow I was confident that even with his limited equipment and current state in life, he would be capable of making my prototypes and maybe even do some production if he proved

Read More »

There’s that word again………No.

I was hip deep into the process of trying to figure out everything that needed to be accomplished before I would announce to the world the existence of the Tac-Tote product line. It dawned on me that what I needed to do was to get some sort of validation of my product idea. The best way to do this, so I thought, was obvious, ask someone in the Nuclear Security Industry if they thought that there was a need for such products. Would they see the vision or value in the concept? At the time I had also been designing

Read More »

Manufacturer Found

After searching around for quite some time attempting to locate a manufacturer that would be able to work with me, I happened across a website that looked fairly promising for the little guy. There are far too many websites out there boasting about being available for the little guy who has a very limited budget. I was very hopeful yet equally skeptical that this company only an hour away would be any different than those who had previously turned me down. I fired off my usual email and was pleasantly surprised when I received a reply within the same hour.

Read More »

LENCO or bust!

It was a simple decision to make. I needed to get my foot in the door of the company that makes the Bearcat armored vehicle. We at the time used the Lenco Bearcat in our defensive strategy to protect the power plant which I worked at. It was simple because not only did we use them, but their manufacturer was only about an hours drive from my home town. Given the nature of securing a nuclear power plant, taking images of anything on that property, never mind aspects of security, was absolutely forbidden. I thought that if I could manage

Read More »

The First Years Travels with the Tac-Tote Truck.

As an inventor of products, a moniker in which I claim in writing with great anxiety and hesitation, I have learned that it is astronomically difficult to create something from nothing. Creating a product is simple however creating a product that would be accepted as a viable and desirable one by its intended target market is incredibly difficult. Add to that equation a target market which has been saturated with existing products and procedures dictating how to use them, and you’ll get just a minute understanding of the challenges that lay before me. This article is not being written to

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