How it began:
1997: After a hot Friday working road construction, the workers talked about their weekend plans. While some explained their fun plans, one co-worker moaned about tearing off his sister’s roof early the next day. A few co-workers offered to lend a hand including the owner of MBI Tools, llc.. the owner was unware of how that morning would change his life.
Saturday morning the owner began the roofing job with one of the guys handing him a pitchfork to start tearing off the old shingles. the owner and a co-worker used it to each tear off a 10X10 section. he noticed six or seven tools scattered around the site to tear off the roof, but nothing seemed to make the dreadful job any easier. After finally tearing off all the shingles with a pitchfork, he noticed all the nails left to pull up and said, “they gotta make a better tool than this”.
He soon realized no one in the area knew of any better tool than a pitchfork or a shovel, so he seized the opportunity to create something every roofer would utilize to save time and labor. He held welding knowledge from working at a factory and skills from his father as a fabricator, so he put his ideas to life and continued to make improvements until he was satisfied enough for roofers themselves to try out his idea.
Still working construction, he traveled around the Midwest for jobs, always bringing a few of his inventions in the back of his pick-up truck in case he spotted a contractor on a roof. When he saw roofers working, he left his Shingle Stripper and gained feedback of what to improve or what to remove. Roofers loved his idea and were always willing to offer advice, knowing it would make their jobs a little easier in the end result.