Clamping Down on the Competition

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Clamping Down on the Competition
by Stephanie Bachman
“EVERYBODY IN AMERICA learns their swear words from helping their dad take off worm gear clamps.” These are the words of Tim Magagna, one of the business owners of TKO Clamping Systems in Pocatello. This statement allowed Tim to see an innovative opportunity to create a new type of clamp—one that is an American-made, custom fit.
These clamps combat the worm gear clamp in cars, which has been around since the 1920s and is well known for its difficulty taking off. The TKO clamps are functional and easy to use, and can even be personalized with inscriptions and different colors. This eye-catching feature of TKO clamps has opened a new avenue for the business to market in: car shows. Currently their clamps will be included in an Idaho Bronco being made for SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) in Las Vegas, which is an automotive specialty products trade event that draws in tens of thousands of domestic and international buyers. Yet for Tim and his business partners, Stan Caldwell and James Wren, the process of patenting the idea, getting the business running, and gaining recognition has taken a decade long. Through hard work, they have churned out these clamps that can be used not just for cars, but garden hoses, ski poles, roll bars, and on. For those interested in easy-to-use, custom-made clamps, visit TKOclamps.com or contact TKOclampingsystems@yahoo.com