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Invis-A-Rack on Shark Tank Show
Invisible Truck Rack Season 3 episode 307 - Update Season 4 - Episode 418
Donny McCall is the inventor of the Invis A Rack from Season 3 that made a very big impact on the Shark Tank for his stance to keep this product "Made In America". Incredibly it was this decision that probably cost him a deal with the Sharks as he did not get the investment he needed for his invention. McCall was looking for $100k in exchange for 10% of the invisarack business. At that time, Donny has sold 150 units and grossed $50k in sales.
Donny was very adamant about keeping the manufacturing and production in the U.S. and specifically in and around Sparta, North Carolina where he calls home. He's a one man business that hopes to bring job's to the community and bring new hope in the depressed market. Getting the Invis-A-Rack manufactured oversees is Not an optionthat he will even consider. This product was invented in the U.S. and it will be built here (period).
|The Invis-A-Rack Gets |
U.S. Manufacture Deal!
Made In The U.S.A.
The very wise Kevin O'Leary wants to test the theory of the Invis-A-Rack produced oversees versus in the United States. If they can make as few as 1000 units for $150 per Invisarack then for $150k Donny could get into the big distributors and be in profit immediately. McCall acknowledges that O'Leary may be right but it still is not an option. Donny firmly believes he can get into the retail sector and still make a good profit using only U.S. Made Materials.
Daymond John says "but you don't have any orders". He has plenty of businesses that want to sell Invis-A-Racks but they want him to supply the product for free. John responds " So you are not only going into the manufacturing business, you are also going into the financing business". Daymond asks if they could find a quality manufacture oversees that could make this much cheaper, would he be interested? Again, NO that is not an option. Donny seems to be more on a mission to create new jobs in America and the Invsarack is only a vehicle to make that dream a reality. The Sharks try their best to convince him that his business and product is not sustainable if the invisible truck rack cannot be made cheaper. O'Leary uses Apple as an example, they employ 50,000 people here in the U.S. but the actual product is made in China and oversees. Can you imagine how much more a iPhone would cost the consumer if it was 100% Made In America? But McCall is not Apple and he refuses to budge even a little bit.
Three of the sharks go out and only Robert Herjevic and Mark Cuban are left. Donny looks right at Robert and simply says "A Factory Workers Son" that immediately hits a cord with him. Robert understands what Donny is trying to do and really gives an emotional speech that brought him to tears as he remembers his Dad when they first came to America and worked in a factory. You would of thought Herjevic would of wrote him a check right then but He cannot get over the fact that in this case, it might be best to get the Invis-A-Rack manufactured oversees and create jobs here on the back end. Cuban also sees the path that Donny has chosen will be a very expensive to finance with no real way to judge how much more capital may be required before they are over the hump. Unfortunately they also go out and McCall does not get an investment from the Shark Tank.
Invis-A-Rack after the Shark Tank Update
As you might already imagine, the Invisarack website got slammed the night Donny appeared on the Shark tank Show and ended up selling all available inventory in a short amount of time. A lot of folks can relate to McCall's Story and they came pouring in by the thousand's to congratulate him for standing up to the Sharks and his belief in keeping jobs here in America. Included in those calls was an American Manufacture from Iowa that said they could compete with the oversees companies and get the Invisarack made here in the US. at the same cost. He also got a call from Home Depot that was interested in possibly carrying the Invis-a-rack in the warehouse stores across the country.
It appears that a deal with Home Depot fell through but that call from Iowa turned out to be exactly the kind of deal McCall was looking for. The company is a Truck Accessories Manufacture DeeZee.com from Des Moines, Iowa. It also looks like they may have an exclusive on this product which is featured on the front page of their website. McCall also has the IvisARack re-directing to the DeeZee.com site as we'll.
The Deezee plant is 700,000 square feet that manufactures, package's and ship's truck accessory products around the country. Yes I had to look and according to their website, 90% of all the parts they use are made in America. Not 100% but considering how many products they manufacture, it is an impressive number.
I'm not sure if Deezee was able to get down to the $150.00 price point to manufacture this product but even if they lowered their profit point to secure this deal, they are still going to make out very good from the additional "Shark Tank Effect" promotion that it will bring to their business.
This is one Success Story that is a Win/Win/Win for everyone involved and our country itself for bringing this subject up on National Television. Is paying a few bucks more for a product that is Made In America worth the extra cost? In my opinion, absolutely Yes!
Invis-A-Rack Now Available Here and Proudly Made In The USA!