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Sparta Man, Invention, Featured Twice on National TV PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Thursday, 03 May 2012 04:02

A Sparta man was featured twice on national television, once on “Shark Tank,” a program showcasing new products, and that’s  where Donny McCall showed off his Invis-A-Rack, a product he has designed for pickup trucks to have a collapsible rack for the bed. (Screen Cap-ABC News) The Alleghany County construction worker stood his ground with the ‘sharks’ on the show, insisting that the rack be made in the US, not sent to China to save costs.  That got him rejected for funding on the show, but got him more national air time, this time on ABC News and their “Made in America” series.  David Muir and Diane Sawyer reviewed his story, Muir went to Sparta to see the empty warehouse where McCall has been storing his finished products, and McCall said that the inventory on hand had been sold after the first show. Then an Iowa manufacturer stepped in, calling McCall to talk about making his product there, telling ABC News he could make it as cheaply as in China.  Muir made a contact with Home Depot over the product, and according to the show, they’ve contacted McCall, and, as the song goes, “This could be the start of something big.”


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