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Let’s face it; working on a roof is no fun

Let’s face it; working on a roof is no fun.

It is hard to get paint, tools and hardware up the ladder, once on the roof there is no level place to set things down.

Tracy Wickwire, founder of The Wickwire Tool Company of Hood River has come up with the solution.

“We’ve created the Wicky Tool, which can safely carry paint, tools and hardware; attaches instantly to paint cans, plastic or metal buckets; includes a handle and folds down flat for storage,” said Wickwire. The Wicky Tool is made for DIYers (Do it Yourselfers) and professionals, Wickwire said.

Wickwire is a fourth generation painting contractor and inventor with 40 years of home improvement background with his company This Old Painter. Back in 2010, he and his wife Pattie decided it was time to use their painting experience and knowledge and invent and manufacture a tool for the masses.

Wickwire has come a long way since developing a business plan with the help of the Small Business Development Center at Columbia Gorge Community College, graduating from the OEN Gorge Accelerator Boot Camp and meeting his business partner, Jeff Nicol, at the Gorge Angel Conference.

The Wickwire Tool Company was incorporated in 2012 and is now proud to announce that its flagship product – the Wicky Tool Multi-Use Roof Stand – is now available. The tool is available in the Columbia River Gorge (Hood River Supply, Morgan Paint, and Hometown Paint), and on the Oregon Coast (Mills Ace Hardware Lincoln City). More retail locations are being added regularly and the tool is also available online via Amazon.com.

For more information about the Wickwire

Tool Company visit, www.wickwiretool.com or contact Tracy Wickwire 541-806-5073, tracy@wickwiretool.com.

For more information about the Small Business Development Center visit www.cgcc.cc.or.us/sbdc or contact Mary Merrill, 541-506-6120, mmerrill@cgcc.cc.or.us.

For more information about the OEN Gorge Accelerator Boot Camp, or the Gorge Angel Conference visit www.gorgeinnoventure.com or

contact Robin Cope, 541-296-8080, robinc@gorge.net

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