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Sometimes Innovating Is Knowing When to Make a Change

September 15, 2010View for printing

Laurel firm exports to 50 countries. Laurel firm exports to 50 countries Wood’s Powr-Grip Co., Inc., has had a firm hold on innovation for three generations. In fact, it was good old Montana ingenuity from company founder Howard Wood that revolutionized the American glass industry when he developed and refined pump-action vacuum cups to hold and handle smooth surfaces back in the 1960s. The device featured a proprietary redline indicator to warn of any vacuum loss, allowing the user to restore vacuum without losing a grip.

The engineering behind it was born out of Mr. Wood’s frustration with a traditional tool for holding small engine valves during the lapping process in his automotive, electric and small engine repair shop in Wolf Point, Mont. His innovation would redefine and grow the business into a leading edge U.S. manufacturer.

By Deborah Nash, MMEC

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