That’s an easy one.
Here’s a question for you: What do you do when you’re working the trade-show circuit, selling other peoples’ products every weekend?
You start designing your own.
Before going into business for himself, Eugene demonstrated a number of excellent products for Bridge City Tools, Incra Jigs and Tru Grip clamps. He also designed a number of tools for those employers and, realizing the value of his inventions, launched E. Emerson Tool Company in 1999 to manufacture and sell the All-In-One Straight Edge Clamp himself. With patented improvements that increased ease-of-use, the new design was consistent and secure–all but eliminating side shift–and significantly lighter than the competition. Buying and working with a straight edge clamp went from maddening to magical. He had designed and delivered a high quality, DIY product that made peoples’ lives easier–every day. Jackpot.